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Q & A a novel

by Swarup, Vikas.

Format: Book on CD 2005
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
Available (2)
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Oakmont Carnegie Library Audiovisual CD SW
Location  Oakmont Carnegie Library
 
Collection  Audiovisual
 
Call Number  CD SW
 
 
Penn Hills Library Audio Visual CD SWA
Location  Penn Hills Library
 
Collection  Audio Visual
 
Call Number  CD SWA
 
 
Summary
Vikas Swarup's spectacular debut novel opens in a jail cell in Mumbai, India, where Ram Mohammad Thomas is being held after correctly answering all twelve questions on India's biggest quiz show, Who Will Win a Billion? It is hard to believe that a poor orphan who has never read a newspaper or gone to school could win such a contest. But through a series of exhilarating tales Ram explains to his lawyer how episodes in his life gave him the answer to each question. Ram takes us on an amazing review of his own history--from the day he was found as a baby in the clothes donation box of a Delhi church to his employment by a faded Bollywood star to his adventure with a security-crazed Australian army colonel to his career as an overly creative tour guide at the Taj Mahal. Swarup's Q & A is a beguiling blend of high comedy, drama, and romance that reveals how we know what we know--not just about trivia, but about life itself. Cutting across humanity in all its squalor and glory, Vikas Swarup presents a kaleidoscopic vision of the struggle between good and evil--and what happens when one boy has no other choice in life but to survive.
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "This production gains much from Shale's excellent and lively performance. The text could easily have been overdone but Shale makes it sincere, hilarious, heartbreaking and delightful. Ram Muhammad Thomas-a young orphan with no formal education-correctly answers all 12 questions on Who Wants to Win a Billion? and is arrested and jailed when the unscrupulous quiz-show producers, reluctant to pay out the winnings, accuse him of cheating. In order to prove his innocence, he recounts his life story in 12 interludes, each eventually explaining the extraordinary circumstances that taught him one of the answers. Ram's life, full of horrors, becomes an allegory for all the problems of the lower classes in India, and the fantastic situations that lead him to win the quiz show take on mythic proportions. Ram's appeal lies in his childlike openness and wonder, and that of the story lies in hearing a full life unwind from the tiniest of details. Each tale is peopled by memorable characters-some recurring-and Shale gives each a distinct voice. His gifted reading, full of emphasis, inflection and excitement, is a joy to listen to. Simultaneous release with the Scribner hardcover (Reviews, July 11). (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Series Audio editions.
Subjects Waiters -- Fiction.
Television quiz shows -- Fiction.
Poor -- Fiction.
Billionaires -- Fiction.
Mumbai (India) -- Fiction.
Psychological fiction.
Audiobooks.
Publisher Auburn, CA :Audio Partners Publishing Corp.,2005
Edition Abridged ed.
Other Titles Q and A
Contributors Shale, Kerry.
Participants/Performers Read by Kerry Shale.
Language English
Notes Abridged.
Tracks every 4-5 min.
Later republished as "Slumdog millionaire."
Description 5 audio discs (6 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 157270487X
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