Saturday, February 28, 2009


This novel by Vikas Swarup is now being published as Slumdog Millionaire, which of course is the 2008 Oscar winner for best picture. It's about Ram Mohammad Thomas, the orphan boy who wins a billion rupees on a television show and is then arrested for cheating. Throughout the course of the book, he explains to his lawyer, Smita, why he knew the answer to each question. I haven't seen the movie yet, so I don't know how it is different, but I tore through the novel. Ram's story is compelling, and the voice is at times both hilarious and tragic. I can't wait to see how it was adapted into the film.


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