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Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, death, and hope in a Mumbai undercity by [Boo, Katherine]
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Amazon Best Books of the Month, February 2012: Katherine Boo spent three years among the residents of the Annawadi slum, a sprawling, cockeyed settlement of more than 300 tin-roof huts and shacks in the shadow of Mumbai's International Airport. From within this "sumpy plug of slum," Boo unearths stories both tragic and poignant--about residents' efforts to raise families, earn a living, or simply survive. These unforgettable characters all nurture far-fetched dreams of a better life. As one boy tells his brother: "Everything around us is roses. And we're like the s**t in between." A New Yorker writer and recipient of a Pulitzer Prize and a MacArthur "Genius" grant, Boo writes superbly, and the depth and courage of her reporting from this hidden world is astonishing. At times, it's hard to believe this is nonfiction. --Neal Thompson

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While the distance between rich and poor is growing in the U.S., the gap between the haves and have-nots in India is staggering to behold. This first book by a New Yorker staff writer (and Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter for the Washington Post) jolts the reader’s consciousness with the opposing realities of poverty and wealth in a searing visit to the Annawaldi settlement, a flimflam slum that has recently sprung up in the western suburbs of the gigantic city of Mumbai, perched tentatively along the modern highway leading to the airport and almost within a stone’s throw of new, luxurious hotels. We first meet Abdul, whose daily grind is to collect trash and sell it; in doing so, he has “lifted his large family above subsistence.” Boo takes us all around the community, introducing us to a slew of disadvantaged individuals who, nevertheless, draw on their inner strength to not only face the dreary day but also ponder a day to come that will, perhaps, be a little brighter. Sympathetic yet objective and eloquently rendered. --Brad Hooper

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  • File Size: 1644 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Random House; 1st edition (February 7, 2012)
  • Publication Date: February 7, 2012
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004J4X7JO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,402 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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