Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, death, and hope in a Mumbai undercity 1st Edition, Kindle Edition
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Katherine Boo's honest account brings insight of the daily struggles encountered by some of the poorest Indians. Yet, their story could be applied to many countries which have huge disperity in socio-economic terms. Boo gives a voice to the people she interviewed and whose stories she tells - A voice that would otherwise be ignored, devalued, and sometimes extinguished, simply because of their lack of status. Without sentiment, Boo decries the abuse and corruption inherent in a weak government. She explores the often 'dog eat dog' mentality, the daily moral battle, that develops under such difficult and often tragic circumstances. Yet, Boo also captures the beauty of friendship and the courage that often guides a number of the characters to nobly rise above their situations. It is their story, their hopes, their dreams that lift this account into the realms of a classic.
If there is a weakness, for me it was that there were a few too many characters to really keep straight in my mind. When the crises emerged, I was sure I was missing some of their dimensions because I could not remember all the interesting detail about the characters that had been brought out earlier.
If there is a towering strength, it is the way the emotions creep up on you, so that you find yourself feeling what they feel and lose sight of some of the disgust and outrage that the slum brings at first. You cannot read this book without realizing that these people, desperate for a bath or a celebration or a word of kindness, are very much the same as you and me on the inside. As far as I am concerned, no message could be more important - the lack of hope in their lives is not just our problem it is our shame.