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Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
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on April 25, 2015
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This book joins a Fine Balance as two books that bring the people of Mumbai's infamous slums to life. One through fiction the other through the fine journalistic a approach of the author.
Behind the Beautiful Forevers is non-fiction but the author has brought the people she followed very much to life in a way that engages the reader in a way that makes one want to keep reading.
At the same time the conditions, politics and struggles among the residents provide insight into the reasons the slum endures.
Despite the very poor odds for these slum dwellers to make it to the middle class there is a fierce striving among to have more than a subsistence life.
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on April 25, 2015
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An absolutely marvellous book. At first it appears to be fiction, but eventually I discovered it was all true, and carefully research.
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on April 25, 2015
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Remarkable and frighteningly depressing depiction of live in a slum. Triumphs and happiness are fleeting. This is no fairytale with a happily ever after. This is a true story of daily struggle for life on the other side of the world. It is a story easier to ignore and forget.
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on April 25, 2015
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This is one of the best reported and written books about life in an Indian slum. Respect to Katharine Boo for the risks she took, both to her body and mind, in the service of bringing these stories to light.
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on April 24, 2015
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I thought this book was too long. I couldn't "get into" it.
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on April 23, 2015
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Having traveled thru India several times, and flown out of the Mumbai airport more than once, I totally understood this well written book. It is non fiction, but reads faster than any novel. This is not the Marigold Hotel, but real life for a low caste society. The author followed the people in this slum for 10 years. This is reality for this level of Indian society. I only hope with India's growing prosperity, these children get a better chance at life.
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on April 21, 2015
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I saw no "hope" in this book.
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on April 20, 2015
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Hard to read...the characters get jumbled and after awhile I don't care.
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Read this with a passion!
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on April 18, 2015
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A++++++++++
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