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Behind the Beautiful Forevers

[life, Death, and Hope in A Mumbai Undercity]
Boo, Katherine (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Behind the Beautiful Forevers

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"...the dramatic and sometimes heartbreaking story of families striving toward a better life in one of the twenty-first century's great, unequal cities"--Jacket.
Authors: Boo, Katherine
Title: Behind the beautiful forevers
[life, death, and hope in a Mumbai undercity]
Publisher: New York :, Random House,, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: xxii, 256 p. ;,25 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Katherine Boo
Notes: Subtitle from cover
Contents: Prologue: between roses
Undercitizens. Annawadi
The business of burning. Ghost house
A hole she called a window
A come-apart
The master
A little wildness. Marquee effect
Parrots, caught and sold
Proper sleep
Up and out. Nine nights of dance
Something shining á
The trial
Black and white
A school, a hospital, a cricket field
Summary: "...the dramatic and sometimes heartbreaking story of families striving toward a better life in one of the twenty-first century's great, unequal cities"--Jacket.
ISBN: 9781400067558
Branch Call Number: 305.5690954792 B7241b 2012
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Report This Jan 28, 2014
  • ncinnb rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book was heartbreading to read. The poverty and corruption the author describes seem insurmountable, but the human spirit shines through and the will to live is strong. I love the book's title - so mundane yet so deep!

Report This Oct 28, 2013
  • madison382 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Could not enjoy this book, because the subject matter was so sad, however I am glad I read this book, so that I can be more appreciative of what I have, and of the country I live in.

Report This Aug 29, 2013
  • gracindaisy rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book was not an easy read; however, I came away with a vivid glimpse of life in an Indian slum and the insurmountable poverty plaguing each character, so much that it drove some to suicide. Even though it is non-fiction work, at times it read like fiction because of the great contrast to my own life experience. The unpredictability of life in an Indian slum makes one appreciate some of the things we take for granted in the US – the rule of law, healthcare, basic housing, city water and sewage systems.

Report This Jul 13, 2013
  • icujock rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Whoa! A KO. Having lived in Mumbai, I can say that Ms Boo has portrayed the conditions accurately. Grinding poverty, unknown to us in America, makes for some great Dickinsonian story-but the not so hidden message is about human nature and the ability to prevail under subhuman conditions.

Report This Jun 24, 2013
  • AKTimmerman rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I really did not care for this book. I understand the author was trying to help us understand the life of the very poorest in India. It is just that I was already aware of this via other books and news outlets. But, I do appreciate the author's commitment to telling the story.

Report This Jun 17, 2013
  • patienceandfortitude rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is a hard book to read, about poverty in the slums of India -- a world completely different than the one I know. The lives of those portrayed are complex in their misery and their hopes. There are no easy answers to solve their desperate poverty and corruption is just part of the system. I'm glad I read this book as it is eye-opening, although very disturbing.

Report This Jun 04, 2013
  • WVMLStaffPicks rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

“What was unfolding in Mumbai was unfolding elsewhere, too. In the age of global market capitalism, hopes and grievances were narrowly conceived, which blunted a sense of common predicament. Poor people didn’t unite; they competed ferociously amongst themselves for gains as slender as they were provisional.” Katherine Boo gives an intimate look at life in a Bombay slum.

Loved this book, but was shocked when I read that it was a true story well researched by Ms. Boo. That made it all the more moving and poignant.

Report This Apr 07, 2013
  • d2013 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Engaging. Sad. A story about the poorest of the poor in the slums of India and their daily hardships. It is also a book of dreams/hope where sometimes there is none. Sure makes you appreciate the comforts of home.

Report This Apr 07, 2013
  • mclarjh rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

More fiction than fact in this reporter-written "narrative nonfiction" book.

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