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Q & A - Vikas Swarup
Q & A
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Why is a penniless waiter from Mumbai sitting in a prison cell? Is it because: a)he has punched a customer; b)he has drunk too much whisky; c)he has taken money from the till; or d)he is the biggest quiz-show winner in history? Ram Mohammad Thomas has been arrested. For answering twelve... show more
Why is a penniless waiter from Mumbai sitting in a prison cell?

Is it because: a)he has punched a customer; b)he has drunk too much whisky; c)he has taken money from the till; or d)he is the biggest quiz-show winner in history? Ram Mohammad Thomas has been arrested. For answering twelve questions correctly on Who Will Win A Billion? Because a poor orphan who has never read a newspaper or gone to school cannot know the name of the President of America, or the location of the Pyramids, or the plays of Shakespeare. Unless he has cheated.

Rescued from the police cell by a lawyer, Ram reviews television footage of his flawless performance and takes us on an amazing tour of his life – from the day he is salvaged from a dustbin, to his employment with a faded Bollywood star, to meeting a security-crazed Australian colonel, by way of a career as an over-creative tour guide at the Taj Mahal, to falling in love with Nita, a young prostitute. Passed from pillar to post for eighteen years, Ram’s instinct for strategy and survival is infallible.

Stunning a TV audience of millions, he draws on a store of street wisdom and trivia to provide him with the essential keys, not only to the quiz show, but to life itself. Set in modern India, Q&A is a beguiling blend of high comedy and touching melancholy. Cutting across humanity in all its squalor and glory, Vikas Swarup presents a kaleidoscopic vision of the struggle of good against evil, and what happens when one boy has no other choice in life but to survive.  

źródło opisu: http://www.vikasswarup.net/index_files/Page353.htm (strona autora)
źródło okładki: http://www.vikasswarup.net/index_files/Page353.htm (strona autora)
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Format: papier
ISBN: 0743267478
Publisher: Black Swan
Edition language: English
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Stories2358
Stories2358 rated it
4.0 Le dodici domande
Blog Stories Review: http://storiesbooksandmovies.blogspot.it/2015/05/le-dodici-domande-vikas-swarup.html Pochi film sono riusciti ad avere un successo pari a quello di The Millionaire. Caratterizzato da un cast sconosciuto (o quasi) e da una colonna sonora in perfetto stile indiano, la pellicola di...
Cyfranek - Cyfrowe Czytanie
Cyfranek - Cyfrowe Czytanie rated it
4.5 12 pytań z życia ulicy
Już nie mogę znieść tych ciągłych dywagacji na temat wyższości ekranizacji nad pierwowzorem książkowym lub odwrotnie. Tym bardziej, że jestem zdecydowanie zwolennikiem wyższości książek nad ekranizacjami. A tu jeszcze się może okazać, że ekranizacja odbiega od pierwowzoru! I na dokładkę może być prz...
Birdish Book Blog
Birdish Book Blog rated it
3.0
[Originally posted on Tumblr on 16. January 2013] I finished reading ‘Q and A' by Vikas Swarup today. I really enjoyed reading this while at the same time wondering about how over the top the bad things are that happen to the characters. I don’t know much about India so it’s not my place to assume...
Claudia The Conquerer
Claudia The Conquerer rated it
3.0
After reading a few other reviews, I agree that the novel is highly melodramatic. I haven't been to India, but I do understand the depravity of the slums and the caste system. And while Swarup really made an effort to make the reader understand what this part of India is like, I found it melodramati...
Just Another Reader
Just Another Reader rated it
3.0
I really liked the movie "Slumdog Millionaire" as did many other people. The book was good but not great, and I enjoyed the movie was adapted from the book much more.
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