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I picked up this book because I enjoyed the movie. I will say it is pretty different from the movie so I enjoyed it on that level because I wasn't always sure what would happen next. I found the writing a bit clunky and because each chapter jumped in time and place it was a bit disorienting until about halfway through when you started to piece together what was happening. I did like this book, but I really didn't love it.
It took me a few chapters before I got into the story, but wow, what a story. There are so many twists and turns, and some parts are a bit unrealistic/unbelievable, but I guess that's part of the message the book sends about fate and destiny.
Even after watching the movie I found the book really exciting. I would say I enjoyed the book much more than the movie!
The story is a boy from Mumbai's slum who goes onto answer an incredible number of questions in a "who wants to be a millionaire" like quiz show.
While the novel is fiction, much of it is based on fact and speaks to life in India and the dichotomy between the lives of the rich and the poor.
This is a tremendous first novel - just for that, it would stand out. Yes, some of the details were changed for the movie, but they`re two different art forms and the adaptation stands true to the original. They`re both excellent. Strongly recommended.
This is the book that "Slumdog Millionaire" was based on. And pretty loosely based too. The movie takes the concept of the gameshow and shows how Ram, the main character, has arrived at the point of being able to answer a set of increasingly obscure questions, despite his being an uneducated tea wallah. The actual questions and experiences related to the answering of those questions differ hugely between the book and the movie and so consequently, even if you've watched the film, the book is fresh and never, never dull. An excellent read.
Easy read. Good story. I like how the focus in the novel is more about Thomas' life as opposed to the film, where the focus is the love story. Some detailed descriptions about the realities of life in India.
The book is the one which Slumdog millionaire movie is made upon.
very weak in literature and metaphoric expression. Though a good source of reference about miseries of life in India.
This is a brilliantly written book and makes the film very pale in comparison. In fact there is barely any similarity between this and the film and I'm glad because I thought Slumdog Millionaire was a poor tranlsation and went the hollywood route. I was disappointed as Danny Boyle is a good director and has done some very good movies.
Still, the book is a rare gem and one not to be missed!
Best book I ever read! once you've read a few pages you can never stop. There are some differences between the movie and the book, but they are both excellent.
In my opinion, the book is much better than the film adaptation. It gives you so much more than the movie does.
Whether you've seen the movie or you haven't (I haven't) this is a MUST read!! Incredible story telling. I don't want to give anything away but WOW.
Excellent book. As others have said Ram's life experiences are very different from the movie, but how things unfold is equally tragic and serendipitous.
Similar set up as the movie but different stories. Equally as wonderfully entertaining.
It's a book that is much more gritty and direct than the movie-adaptation. It illustrates a story more gruesome and vivid (despite its lack of visual stimulus) but also replete with a sort of uncomfortable naivete that we have come to regard as unnecessary or impractical. It's a must read. Recommend it to your kids (probably over 15, although i personally would have given it to my 12 year old kid, with a dictionary) Help them learn the lesson of autonomy and perseverance disguised as the power of luck.