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Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Slum
Behind the Beautiful Forevers Life Death and Hope in a Mumbai Slum
Author: Katherine Boo
Annawadi is a slum at the edge of Mumbai Airport, in the shadow of shining new luxury hotels. Its residents are garbage recyclers, construction workers and economic migrants, all of them living in the hope that a small part of India's booming future will eventually be theirs. But when a crime rocks the slum community and global recession and...  more »
ISBN-13: 9781846274497
ISBN-10: 1846274494
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 288
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Publisher: Portobello Books Ltd
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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There were a few pieces of this book that were quite good, sections that shared the author's insights into the people of Mumbai's Annawadi slum and the lives they lead. Mostly, though, it seemed that Boo just droned on disjointedly about corruption, politics and the Indian legal system, and turned what should have been a compelling story into a rather mundane one.
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A beautifully written account of the lives of several Annawadi slum dwellers, and of their attempts to raise their standards of living. A few do it by fair means, but most by foul. The level of corruption is astonishing, but in their eyes necessary for survival. This is not for the faint of heart, but it is a valuable look into a world few of us will ever see firsthand.
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