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主人公是Ram Mohammad Thomas一位十八岁的饭馆服务生，他参加了电视台举办的Who Will Win A Billion?有奖问答活动。连很多基本知识都不知道的他，令人意外地答对了全部12个问题，获得了最大奖项 — 10亿卢比。 电视台不愿意支付这笔巨额款，于是串通警察将他逮捕并严刑逼供，让他承认比赛作弊。 Ram的律师把他从警察局解救出来，Ram给她讲述了自己的12个故事，解释了他答对12个问题的原因。 作者用比较轻快的笔调，描述了生活在印度底层不轻快的情景，小说时而沉重，时而谐趣，让人欲罢不能。 据本书的改编的英国电影《Slumdog Millionaire - 贫民窟的百万富翁》在2009年的奥斯卡颁奖典礼上一举拿下包括最佳影片、最佳导演、最佳改编剧本和最佳电影音乐奖等8项奥斯卡大奖。不过说实话，电影比小说差得太多了，不仅是电影因为本身的局限性，删除了许多内容，而且估计是出于政治上的考虑，把书中的许多冲突作了过多的缓和处理，所以个人以为电影获得最佳改编剧本奖实在不应该。|
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Q & A is a novel by Vikas Swarup, an Indian diplomat. Published in 2005, it was the author's first novel. Set in India, it tells the story of Ram Mohammad Thomas, a poor young waiter who becomes the biggest quiz-show winner in history, only to be sent to jail on accusations (but with no evidence) that he cheated. The book was adapted into the famous multiple Oscar winning movie, Slumdog Millionaire.
Narrated in the first person, the novel follows the life of Ram Mohammed Thomas, an orphaned, uneducated young waiter. Prior to the start of the novel, Ram has correctly answered 12 questions on the fictional game show Who Will Win a Billion? (or W3B), and has won a billion rupees (about $22 million). However, show host Prem Kumar and the producers, who do not have the money to pay him, have had him arrested for cheating by the police; they had cast Ram because they figured an uneducated street lad would not be able to answer more than a few questions at most, and they find the police more than willing to believe them. Ram explains to his sympathetic lawyer, Smita Shah, just how he managed to answer twelve random questions: Because they related to real events that occurred in his life, with each question prompting its own flashback. As he says, "Well, wasn't I lucky they only asked those questions to which I knew the answers?"
Ram goes on to tell her how, by drawing from the experiences of his own short, yet turbulent and sometimes cruel life, he, a poor, young waiter, answered the twelve questions that led him to the jackpot. Through this device, the novel moves between Mumbai, Delhi and Agra (non-chronologically) as it highlights Ram's bizarre experiences, from his original upbringing by an English-speaking priest to his various jobs, which include working as house help for an aging Bollywood actress, in a foundry, an Australian diplomat who turns out to be in a spy ring, as a tourist guide in Agra and a waiter in a bar at Mumbai. His best friend is another young orphan named Salim, who plays a part in some of these adventures and dreams of becoming an actor, as it was foretold by a palmist at a fair. Ram was told by the same palmist that he would not live a very long life, but he doesn't believe in foretelling the future and dismisses it. Salim later becomes an actor after saving a Bollywood producer from assassination from a professional hitman. However, the key events of his life come when he works as a tour guide at the Taj Mahal, which is when he meets a young prostitute named Nita. He falls in love with her and asks her pimp to let her marry him. The pimp refuses. Meanwhile, Ram's friend Shankar is dying of rabies. He needs four hundred thousand rupees to buy a vaccination, and Nita's pimp requests the same amount. Shankar dies, and Ram steals the money from his uncaring mother. After learning that the pimp (who is also Nita's brother) will continue to request even more money, he instead gives it to an English teacher whose son needs the rabies vaccine. He later helps answer Ram's question about Shakespeare when Ram uses his Friendly Tip Lifeboat.
Ram tells his lawyer that he went on the show partly in a quest to win enough money to buy Nita's freedom from her pimp, and partly in a bid to get even with the show's host, Prem Kumar, who abused and exploited Nita, resulted in her being placed under intensive care, in a hospital. Prem also exploited the late Neelima Kumari, a former Bollywood actress and Ram's former employer. Ram had planned to kill him when he went for a bathroom break (show rules dictate that the contestant must be followed everywhere by the host so they cannot cheat). However, Ram decides against it and, in gratitude, Kumar tells him the answer of the last question, which was the only answer he might have not gotten.