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Q&A

Posted: December 10, 2010 in books
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This is with reference to my previous post on recent (well, relatively) book hauls. I have a massive backlog owing to a major event last week, but I’m back to reading up once again.

The first book I cracked was Vikas Swarup’s Q&A, upon hearing it was a light and fast read. Knowing that I enjoyed the movie, I figured there must be little deviation anyway.

Of course, that’s not the case.

While the basic storyline of poor boy winning it all in a quiz show remains, it is the details that greatly vary. While “Slumdog Millionaire” presents a strong, simple narrative for the big screen, “Q&A” allows for its chapters (the stories behind the answer to each question) to be expanded, and so we get a more developed protagonists (who, in a way, is actually more tragic than his big screen counterpart).

The best thing about the chapters is that they can stand on their own, so even when the material discusses rather heavy topics, it does not feel dragging.

So yes, I did like the book, but I’d probably rate the movie slightly higher, if only for the tighter storyline and the kick-ass soundtrack.

I must admit I’ve been devouring Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows once again, in preparation for the movie. I saw it last night, and I was very satisfied overall. The cinematography was beautiful, and the movie’s screenplay was generally faithful to the book (give or take a couple of subplots deleted to condense it into a little over two hours), and the added elements served their purpose well (I won’t go into detail, but suffice to say those were visual elements to explain certain events in the book, plus throw in a couple of moments of romantic tensions and hilarity). Of course, the cliffhanger ending means another long wait for the last installment of the movies!

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In other news, here’s what Blooey got me last Wednesday:

I will leave the explanation of Alice Kuipers’ “Life on the Refrigerator Door” on a separate post, but here’s the inscription on the inside of my copy of Q&A:

It’s signed by none other than Vikas Swarup himself. OK, I must admit I haven’t read Q&A yet, but I am such a big fan of Slumdog Millionaire. I remember the thing that impressed me most about the movie (apart from the soundtrack, that is) was that it had such a simple, yet powerful story. Here’s the unlikeliest of quiz show winners battling against all odds, drawing out knowledge from his personal experiences, to win the grand prize.

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I dropped by the sale at National Bookstore in Market! Market! just this afternoon, as alerted by my best friend who saw a “Stars of the World Cup 2006” book for only P100. And I quote: “It has spreads of Xabi Alonso, Fernando Torres, Iker Casillas, Raul, and Jose Antonio Reyes.” I passed up on the book, but got these instead:

A cheap copy of Kiran Desai’s “The Inheritance of Loss” and a dated guidebook to Paris (so what if it’s two years old? I bet it will still be very helpful!).

I just want to share that there was a lady who cut in front of me on the line at the cashier (woman, just because your friend is in front of me doesn’t mean that your pass to pay before me!). She saw the Spanish workbook I was holding and wanted a copy for herself. I told her it was the last copy already, so she pestered the cashier about it. I did my best imitation of Fernando Torres’ bitchface on her. Puta, por favor.