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Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
Behind the Beautiful Forevers Life Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
Author: Katherine Boo
In this brilliant, breathtaking book by Pulitzer Prize winner Katherine Boo, a bewildering age of global change and inequality is made human through the dramatic story of families striving toward a better life in Annawadi, a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport. As India starts to prosper, the residents of ...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780812979329
ISBN-10: 081297932X
Publication Date: 2/19/2013
Pages: 288
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3.9 stars, based on 22 ratings
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
Book Type: Paperback
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This is the sort of book that a reader picks up on a whim, finds unable to put down, and thrusts into the hands of another when they're done, saying, "you have to read this." Because you do. You have to read this. This slice of life book is written so well that the characters come to life and the reader tends to forget that this is a work of nonfiction. This stuff actually happened. The book focuses on one slum of Mumbai, India and its inhabitants. There are good people and bad. All of the people are flawed in some way or form. At the end of the book, I found myself wanting to know more, wanting to know what happened to the families the author had caused me to care so much about over just a few hundred pages. Read this book. You won't regret it.
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I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It blows my mind that it's nonfiction. Katherine Boo is a talented writer. This is an easy and deeply moving read. I lived in India for a few years, and the intense poverty that Boo describes through the stories of these people is both accurate and devastating. I've passed this book on to multiple friends and family members, and will continue to do so.


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