"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 ...Read More"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 middle class: political corruption. And even the poorest Annawadians, like Kalu, a fifteen-year-old scrap-metal thief, believe themselves inching close to good times. But then, as the tenderest individual hopes intersect with the greatest global truths, the true contours of a competitive age are revealed."--Provided by publisher.Read Less
New in new dust jacket. Tight binding with clean text, New. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. 288 p. Audience: General/trade. From Pulitzer Prize-winner Boo comes a landmark work of narrative nonfiction that tells the dramatic and sometimes heartbreaking story of families striving toward a better life in one of the 21st century's great, unequal cities.
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?.
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.
Apr 7, 2012
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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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