Slumdog Millionaire

Slumdog Millionaire

A Novel

Book - 2008
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Vikas Swarup's page-turning novel about an impoverished Indian waiter who stuns the world by correctly answering all twelve questions on a television quiz show.

Now with movie-tie-in art, Slumdog Millionaire is a beautifully written, clever novel and "readers will consider themselves winners after spending time in the world of this very rich tale" ( The Washington Post Book World ). A beguiling blend of high comedy and poignancy, Vikas Swarup has created a kaleidoscopic vision of modern India, the struggle of good against evil, and what happens when one boy has no other choice in life but to survive.

Directed by Danny Boyle ( Trainspotting, A Life Less Ordinary , and 28 Days Later ) and distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures--the indie studio that made Little Miss Sunshine a hit-- Slumdog Millionaire is taking the festival circuit by storm. In its coverage of the Telluride Film Festival, Variety said, "the runaway smash was Danny Boyle's exhilarating, madly entertaining drama Slumdog Millionaire ." The Wall Street Journal film critic Joe Morgenstern said the film "takes us to a level that tops the Rockies for heightened experience. An amalgam of Oliver Twist , The Three Musketeers , and Bollywood extravaganza...there's never been anything like this densely detailed phantasmagoria--groundbreaking in substance, damned near earth-shaking in style."
Publisher: New York :, Scribner,, 2008.
Edition: Scribner export edition.
Copyright Date: ©2005
ISBN: 9781439138168
Branch Call Number: FIC SWAR
Characteristics: x, 318 pages, 5 unnumbered pages ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: Slum dog millionaire


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Aug 21, 2014

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.

Indigo_Cobra_8 Jun 20, 2013

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.

May 10, 2013

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.

Apr 17, 2013

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.

May 02, 2012

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.

Apr 09, 2012

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.

raminjoker Mar 06, 2012

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.

fluffarama21 Dec 01, 2010

This will be discussed July 27, 2011 at the Frisbie Senior Center.

Oct 07, 2010

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!

Oct 02, 2010

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.

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