Slumdog Millionaire

Swarup, Vikas

  9 Reviews

Eighteen-year old Ram has just got twelve questions correct on a TV quiz show to win a cool one billion rupees. Following the order of the 12 questions on the show, Ram tells us which amazing episode in his life taught him the answer to the question. From orphanages to brothels, gangsters to beggar-masters and into the homes of Bollywood's rich and famous, Slumdog Millionaire brims with the comedy, tragedy, joy and pathos of modern India. [Taken from book cover, larger font]

Comments from Groups

It was a great read - kept us interested and we enjoyed guessing what the question was going to be at the end of each chapter. It was a great insight into quiz shows too! Wellington 036

This was a popular choice, resulting in a very lively discussion, which highlighted the originality of the telling of the various stories [and] the easy to read style of writing. Nelson 007

We liked the style of the writing - a chapter for each question. Cambridge 005

Concensus was that the book was cleverly crafted and moved easily from time to time. Levin 001

A very worthwhile read. Not all enjoyed it but did want to finish it. An inspirational theme. TePahu 001

Comments made about how racy the book is. Also discussion on slums, film, and Indian thinking.Wellington 016



Enjoyed by our whole group. Well-written with each chapter relating to a quiz question.
TAUR 050
Our group really liked the book.
TAUR 009
Very well written. Some had read it a while ago, then seen the film, and read the book again - still enjoying it. The consensus was that it was a good read that created good discussion.
Highly recommended - an excellent book which involved all the emotions. The author is to be congratulated.
NELS 027
We all enjoyed the book - now we want to see the film again to check it out against the book!
Overall, everyone enjoyed the plot and the well thought out themes. It was a very compelling and insightful read.
REEF 001
Everyone enjoyed it. We screened the film during our meeting and everyone had much to say about the difference. The book was certainly richer for all the back stories which accompanied the reasons for why Ram knew the answers...
An easy, uncomplicated read. We felt that Ram had experienced a huge range of events in his life. Most enjoyed the explanations of how he knew the answers, the format and the 'short story' style.
HAVE 005
The majority of the group enjoyed this book. Three of us did not! Lively discussion. Democracy in action!