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Book Club: Slumdog Millionaire, Also Known as Q&A, by Vikas Swarup

Buzz Book Club: Slumdog Millionaire, Section Two

Welcome back, Buzz Book Club readers! I think I've nearly brushed aside comparisons to the movie Slumdog Millionaire while reading this book because the two have less and less in common as I read on. I am still thoroughly engrossed in the book, though. How about you?

Here's a recap of how the Book Club goes: Every week I'll suggest chapters to complete by the next post (which, in this case, will go up every Friday in March). In these weekly Book Club posts, I'll posit a few questions to prompt discussion in the comments section.

Of course, you are always welcome to read beyond the weekly chapters, but please don't spoil anything in the comments! After the jump you'll find some questions that struck me as I read this section.

The next section: Read from "10,000,000 Rupees — Tragedy Queen" to the end of the book. We'll chat about the conclusion a week from today, March 27.

To discuss last week's section of Slumdog Millionaire, in which we read from "50,000 Rupees — How to Speak Australian" through "1,000,000 Rupees — License to Kill,"

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  1. Do you think Slumdog Millionaire would be a good book for young adults to read? It has a lot of violence and disturbing images, but at the same time, Ram has a sweet precociousness that I think I could have related to as a teen.
  2. Speaking of precociousness: There were a few moments in this section when it seemed obvious to me what was going to happen to one of the boys, but they still seemed clueless. Is that kind of thing frustrating to you? Or is it sweet to see that boys who have seen so much bad stuff in the world can still be innocent?
  3. What do you think about the ideas of justice? Ram and Salim both do horrible things, but they do them to people who did even worse things. Does that justify their actions?
  4. I found myself zoning out during the war chapter, but I'm not sure if that has to do with the story itself or the fact that war stuff is not so much my thing. Are there some stories in the book that you like more than others? What are your favorites so far?
  5. What do you make of the dream Ram keeps having, with the lady with the long hair and the baby? What could it symbolize?
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adw7984 adw7984 8 years
I don't know if this book would have held my interest when I was a teenager, but looking back I think that this kind of book would be really great for making me realize how good my life truly is...like Dana18 said :) I could see maybe introducing this book in a senior English course. I don't know if Ram and Salim's actions are justified, but I will say that it appears to be "every man for himself". To me, they were just doing what they had to do to survive and protect the people that are important to them. It's funny that you say that about the war chapter because I really don't remember it at all, I just found that chapter boring. To me, I would say it is the content...war stories don't really interest me (sorry).
Dana18 Dana18 8 years
I think the dream that ram keeps having about the lady is mother. or the idea of the mother he never had. This would be a good book for teens that are jaded and don't realize how good life is here for them in America.
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