Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, death, and hope in a Mumbai undercity: Life, death, and hope in a Mumbai undercity by Katherine Boo

Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, death, and hope in a Mumbai undercity: Life, death, and hope…

byKatherine Boo

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From Pulitzer Prize-winner Katherine Boo, a landmark work of narrative nonfiction that tells the dramatic and sometimes heartbreaking story of families striving toward a better life in one of the twenty-first century’s great, unequal cities.
 
In this brilliantly written, fast-paced book, based on three years of uncompromising reporting, a bewildering age of global change and inequality is made human.
 
Annawadi is a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport, and as India starts to prosper, Annawadians are electric with hope. Abdul, a reflective and enterprising Muslim teenager, sees “a fortune beyond counting” in the recyclable garbage that richer people throw away. Asha, a woman of formidable wit and deep scars from a childhood in rural poverty, has identified an alternate route to the middle class: political corruption. With a little luck, her sensitive, beautiful daughter—Annawadi’s “most-everything girl”—will soon become its first female college graduate. And even the poorest Annawadians, like Kalu, a fifteen-year-old scrap-metal thief, believe themselves inching closer to the good lives and good times they call “the full enjoy.”
 
But then Abdul the garbage sorter is falsely accused in a shocking tragedy; terror and a global recession rock the city; and suppressed tensions over religion, caste, sex, power and economic envy turn brutal. As the tenderest individual hopes intersect with the greatest global truths,the true contours of a competitive age are revealed. And so, too, are the imaginations and courage of the people of Annawadi.
 
With intelligence, humor, and deep insight into what connects human beings to one another in an era of tumultuous change, Behind the Beautiful Forevers carries the reader headlong into one of the twenty-first century’s hidden worlds, and into the lives of people impossible to forget.

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Title:Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, death, and hope in a Mumbai undercity: Life, death, and hope…Format:Kobo ebookPublished:February 7, 2012Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good but could be better I had to read this for a fourth year university class so I had to stick out reading it. I was pulled in, good story but it is written as a true story but by a rich, white woman who simply travelled briefly through Mumbai. I'm afraid people reading this may not understand that it's made up and not the actual reality that many face
Date published: 2017-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing work! I was surprised by the resilience and hopefulness of those living in such poverty. A real eye opener.
Date published: 2017-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read I'm sure this is a very good representation of what life in these makeshift settlements is really like. Each trying to make their lives just a little better. An excellent read.
Date published: 2017-03-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Wanted to fall in love I really wanted to love this book. And I did for the first third of it. I was saddened by the truth written into the pages; boys I felt I was getting to know. But then the chapters felt rushed and I felt like I was losing my connection to the words in the book. I would happily let my friends borrow it and read it because it really changes the way you think, I just wish the story was built as strongly as the people the author wrote the story around.
Date published: 2017-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting, thought provoking read Will change the way you view your own life.
Date published: 2017-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This is very well written non-fiction and far from being dry like a textbook. I'm fascinated by cultures that I have no personal experience with, and this was a wonderful way to get insight into things that travel type descriptions of countries won't ever touch.
Date published: 2017-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Behind the Beautiful forevers It was a wonderful book!! I enjoyed it very much!!! I would highly recommend to everyone to read. I could hardly put it down!!
Date published: 2015-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! This is an amazingly vivid and thought-provoking view into the real challenges that face the poor in India and the rest of the world.
Date published: 2014-03-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book An insightful and shocking look into life in the slums of India
Date published: 2014-03-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting, but not brilliant. In a pile of books of this nature, does this one stand out? Not really. Perhaps, because of the authenticity of the writing and research.
Date published: 2014-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Behind the Beautiful Forevers Moving book about the hardships and culture of life in the wretched slums of Mumbai, from the eyes of children.
Date published: 2014-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Still feeling it! This is such a powerful book. It's not fiction though it reads like a rare and elegant novel. I could hardly put it down, the old cliche. I'll never forget the people here. It brings the 3rd room into your own home and makes you care for it. Simply wow! I'm not an Indiaphile . . . liked A Fine Balance a lot, but good as it was, this is that much truer. No fat on it and it rings so true. And you'll learn a lot about India and human nature too. Katherine Boo, who wrote it . . . thanks. A beautiful act of love in this writing.
Date published: 2013-08-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hard to believe this isn't fiction I need to think about this one for awhile. I saw these slums. They ARE shocking, especially juxtaposed with the modern hotels. The most important part of the book was in the post script when she says Indian people walk past others who are suffering, not because of their Hindu belief in reincarnation, but because they've seen so much they are deadened by it.
Date published: 2013-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Behind etc by Boo Lovers of Indian literature will really enjoyed this. Its hard to believe it is non fiction
Date published: 2013-04-20