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ISBN: 141044676X / ISBN-13: 9781410446763

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

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  • Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity (Thorndike Press) – Hardcover (2012)
    by Katherine Boo

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

    Hardcover, Thorndike Press
    2012
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    421 pages

    ISBN: 141044676X
    ISBN-13: 9781410446763

    "In this fast-paced book, based on three years of uncomprom ising reporting, a bewildering age of global change and inequality is made human. Annawadi is a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport, and as India starts to prosper, Annawadians are electric with hope. Abdul, a reflective and enterprising Muslim teenager, sees fortune in the recyclable garbage of richer people. Asha, a woman of formidable wit and deep scars from a rural childhood, has identified an alternate route to the ... Show more

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

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tgolinski

A true story of slum life

by tgolinski on Nov 28, 2013

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?.

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dubious

perfect condition

by dubious on Jul 12, 2012

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.

JeanneF

Read this book!

by JeanneF on Apr 7, 2012

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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