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Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity

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"Annawadi is a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport, and as India starts to prosper, Annawadians are electric ... Show synopsis

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  • A true story of slum life Nov 28, 2013
    by tgolinski

    Behind the beautiful forevers is presented as a story, but it turns out to be all true, even the names, as told to reporter Katherine Boo. It is a shocking description of the lives of residents of Annawadi, a slum by a sewage lake near the airport, surrounded by luxury hotels and billboards advertising floor tiles said to be ?beautiful forever?.
    The main character, Adbul, deals in recyclable materials, and tries to resist the corruption around him. Hospital surgeons demand under-the-table money, government officials and bank executives all get a cut in implementing government ?anti-poverty? schemes, and in the justice system ?innocence and guilt could be bought and sold like a kilo of polyurethane bags?.
    What does this do to people?s capacity for moral action? As the author concludes, ?the astonishment is that some people are good?.

  • perfect condition Jul 12, 2012
    by dubious

    the book's condition was excellent, delivery time was satisfactory. what's with the 50 character minimum feedback? it's like they're trying to dissuade me from posting a review.

  • Read this book! Apr 7, 2012
    by JeanneF

    Everything that the PR department solicited in the way of superlative reviews for the bookjacket is true. An amazing read! Don't miss it.

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