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Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Slum (Paperback)Katherine Boo (author)
Character-driven and absorbing, Boo’s blistering work takes an unflinching look at the degradation and poverty of a Mumbai slum, located just metres away from affluence and luxury. Written with a keen journalistic eye, Behind the Beautiful Forevers is a rich, rewarding read that shows just what desperate people are prepared to do to survive in a world of injustice and inequality.
Annawadi is a slum at the edge of Mumbai Airport, in the shadow of shining new luxury hotels. Its residents are garbage recyclers and construction workers, 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 terrorism shocks the city, tensions over religion, caste, sex, power, and economic envy begin to turn brutal.
As Boo gets to know those who dwell at Mumbai's margins, she evokes an extraordinarily vivid and vigorous group of individuals flourishing against the odds amid the complications, corruptions and gross inequalities of the new India.
Publisher: Granta Books
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 204 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 17 mm
[An] exquisitely accomplished first book. Novelists dream of defining characters this swiftly and beautifully, but Ms. Boo is not a novelist. She is one of those rare, deep-digging journalists who can make truth surpass fiction, a documentarian with a superb sense of human drama. She makes it very easy to forget that this book is the work of a reporter. .... Comparison to Dickens is not unwarranted.' - The New York Times
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