2 Words that describe the book: Fractured lifestory
3 Settings where it took place or characters you met:
- Setting: In and about Mumbai, India, Modern day
- Ram Mohammad Thomas—an uneducated waiter who has managed to answer all the questions correctly on India’s version of “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire”—to the suspicion of the police and the horror of show producers
- Smita Shah—Ram’s lawyer and the person who hears his story of how he came to know the answers to all the questions asked of him on the game show
4 Things you liked and/or disliked about it:
- I liked how you learn Ram’s life story in bits and pieces as he explains how he knew the answers to all the questions.
- I liked how different parts of Ram’s story come into play at the ending of the book. It illustrates how karma can come back and help you.
- I disliked how I got a bit confused sometimes as far as the chronology of Ram’s story because the answers to each quiz question come from different parts of Ram’s life. However, this was might just been me reading the books in bits and pieces. It makes sense how Swarup writes the book, but the movie based on the book (Slumdog Millionaire) takes a more chronological approach that is a bit easier to follow.
- I liked that you get a view of different elements of Indian life and culture as Ram tells his story.
5 Stars or less for your rating?
I’m giving the book 3.5 stars. I thought it was a clever premise for a book, and Swarup does a good job of pulling it off without seeming hokey. How Ram comes to win the money was quite believable, and the writing is fluid and not fussy. I started watching Slumdog Millionaire (which I still haven’t finished!), and thought that the structure was true to the book but Ram’s story is not always the same. As I mentioned above, the movie is more chronological while the book jumps around in time. Although some elements are present in both the book and the movie, they are actually quite different. At the same time, I thought the movie was a pretty good adaptation of the book; it felt true to its essence. It was an interesting story, and it is fun to compare the book and movie. I originally read this for my Q book for the A to Z Challenge last year, and I think it would be an outstanding choice for this challenge. Recommended!
Why and Where I Got The Book
I bought my copy of the book for last year’s A to Z Challenge. I gave my copy to my brother as he was interested in comparing the book and the movie too.
And it seems that our Show Me 5 Saturday hostess is missing in action since November so I thought I’d include a Mr. Linky with my post in case you want to hook up your own contribution. Hopefully, she’ll be back to blogging soon.