Q & A
What a clever novel. The setting is India. The hero is a slum dog...an orphan on the streets of Mumbai...named Ram Mohammad Thomas and he has been chosen as a contestant on "Who Wants to be a Billionaire" TV show. There are 12 questions on the show and 12 chapters in the novel. Each chapter is a clue as to how an uneducated orphan can correctly answer challenging questions in the hopes of climbing the payoff pyramid. To say that Ram has had a hard-knock life is an understatement. By the time he reaches his mid-teens he has done and saw more than most experience in a lifetime. This novel was adapted for film and won several Academy Awards this year. The film is quite different than the novel. Both are exceptional and come highly recommended.