Am höchsten bewertete kritische Rezension
reviews written by year 11 students from Bad Nenndorf
am 8. März 2012
review no. 1
Vikas Swarup's novel Q&A , published first in 2005, was not an immediate success until the film Slumdog Millionaire was released and won eight Oscars. As the film script was based on the book Q&A, publishers changed the title of the book to Q&A/Slumdog Millionaire. For the Indian diplomat Vikas Swarup Q&A was his first novel. Coming from a family of lawyers, he worked in several foreign countries including Turkey and the United States. Dissatisfied with his earlier attempts of writing fiction Vikas Swarup finally created Q&A within two months while working in Great Britain. Through the eyes of Ram Mohammed Thomas, the first person narrator, the readers experience the ups and downs of a life in the slums of Mumbai and New Delhi with the hero while he attempts to win a billion Rupees in the Indian quizshow "Who Will Win a Billion"? Being accused of cheating by the producers of the show, Ram has to endure arrest and torture by a police officer, until he is freed at last by Smita, a young lawyer. Trying to prove Smita that he has not cheated he gives her a detailed account of his life in various episodes involving his childhood as an orphan. Ram tells her that he stayed in a juvenile home where he was sold to a criminal child beggar organization that he escaped from with his best friend Salim. The texts do not leave out friendship and love in form of his good friend, a passionate fan of Bollywood films as well as in form of Nita a young prostitute, who Ram falls in love with. Swarup always tries to make the reader smile when Ram comments on his experiences. At the end of the story he uncovers to Smita the truth about his lucky coin. Ram explains that the coin is equal on both sides. Reading the text I was sometimes shocked about the brutality the Indian orphans are treated with and in which conditions they have to live. Finally I was glad to read that Ram got lucky at the end and won the billion Rupees. I would to recommend this book, because you learn a lot of things about the hardships children of lower castes have to endure and more generally what life in India is like.
Q&A also named "Rupien! Rupien!", is a book written by Vikas Swarup about a boy called Ram Mohammed Thomas who joins a quiz show and wins a billion rupien. He gets arrested for this because the quizmaster believes that he cheated and also cannot pay the prize. So Ram tells how he as a slumdog could knew all the answers. But nobody except of Smita, his lawyer, believes him. So he tells her stories out of his life which let him know the answers. Ram tells about prostitutes, his life on street and other things happened during his young life. The book is well written and interesting to read. It shows typical Indian life which is loud and colorful, the life of a slumdog and how hard it can be to survive. I really recommend the book to you! There is also a film to the book which is very different to the original story. In the book some of the questions differ to them in book. Also some of the stories Ram tells are different and the biggest differences are that the frame story in another and Ram fells in love with a girl. In the book Ram tells the stories to his lawyer and in the film he tells them to some police officers at the police station.
review no. 3
The book "Q&A" was written by Vikas Swarup. It is the first book of the indian diplomat and was published 2005. Three years later the movie "slumdog millionaire" was published. The movie is based on the frame story of the book but there are major differences in the story. The novel tells the story of the indian quiz show participant Ram Mohammad Thomas, whp was taken to jail after winning the quiz show. A lawyer exicates him from jail and wants to know how he answered the questions right. He tells her in 12 chapters stories from his life, which includes the answeres of the questions. I didn't like the book because it always happens the same. For example in nearly every chapter a person dies or rapes a child. Also there are many indian expressions which are not translated or did you know the english translations for "beedies" or "lungis"? Moreover it is unrealistic that a poor waiter could win one billion rupees. All in all the book is permanetly boring. Only the first chapters are interesting but then it starts to repeat.
review no. 4
The novel "Q & A" is written by Vikas Swarup in the year 2005. It tells the story how a poor indian boy win a quiz show without any education. Vikas Swarup is an 49 year-old indian autor and politican, Q & A is his first book. The main character of the book is the 18 year-old boy Ram, who wins one billion Rupees in a Indian quiz show. Because Ram never go to school the men behind the show suspect that he has cheated. So they arrested Ram and treat him very bad to find out how he cheated. But Ram knows all the questions trough many abnormally experience in his life. For example he is partly grown up by a homosexual priest or he works for a famous actress. In my opinion it is an enjoyable book with many short stories, which are very abstract. To critize is that you know direct at the beginning of the book that he wins the first prize and I think it is a pity, because so there is no suspenseful if he know all questions and you can not really feel with him.To add the autor could use more informal language for a boy from the bottom of the society and i would give him more emoting by telling his extrem life-experience. All in all i can recommend this book to others !
review no. 5
Prisoner:Ram Mohammad Thomas
Crime:Won a quiz show
Sounds bizarre, doesn't it? But this is the beginning the novel "Q&A". The protagonist Ram Mohammad Thomas has won the famous quiz show "Who wants to be a millionaire?" and has became a star. And a millionaire.And the reason why he is arrested is that no one can imagine that he has known all the answers, at least no one with influence. In this hopeless situation a woman called Smita Shah arrives and rescued him from rack and corrupt policemen. Now the real story begins: Rams past and the reasons in it for knowing the right answers. Very impressive and with a stickler for details the author gives an insight into modern India through the eyes of an average slumdog. Sometimes shocking, sometimes moving he describes a life filled with poorness, privations, experiences and friendship, let alone rape, prostitution, suicides, child mutilation, bribe and corruption. Nonetheless it never sounds whining, but so minor that one not really mind the tragedy of it till one think about it twice. In the end the good ones gets what they want and the evil ones are punished fot what they've done. Vikas Swarup knows how to play with the readers of his novel. He puts them on a rollercoaster of emotions, let them splash into ice-cold water and then dry them off with mild sunrays.
All in all, I only can recommend this novel to everyone who wants an interesting insight in the Indian society.
review no. 6
Q&A has been written by the English writing Indian diplomat Vikas Swarup in 2005. He set his first novel in India and takes the end away with the beginning - Ram Mohammad Thomas won 1 billion rupees in a quiz show. Not being able to pay the money, Prem Kumar, the host of the show, arrests Ram with the help of the Police and charges him of cheating. In the following Ram tells his lawyer in a very lively way 12 incidents from his life which empower him to know the answers to the questions in the quiz show. For me, having seen the film before having read the book, it was a whole new experience. I would recommend the book to everyone who rudimentally liked the film because it is so much more awesome than the film. Although I had to read the book, I would now read it voluntarily, because Vikas Swarup managed to catch a piece of the exotic India in his texts.