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.