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Behind the Beautiful Forevers - Katherine Boo
Behind the Beautiful Forevers
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From Pulitzer Prize-winner Katherine Boo, 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 twenty-first century’s great, unequal cities.   In this brilliantly written, fast-paced book, based... show more
From Pulitzer Prize-winner Katherine Boo, 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 twenty-first century’s great, unequal cities.   In this brilliantly written, fast-paced book, based on three years of uncompromising 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 “a fortune beyond counting” in the recyclable garbage that richer people throw away. Asha, a woman of formidable wit and deep scars from a childhood in rural poverty, has identified an alternate route to the middle class: political corruption. With a little luck, her sensitive, beautiful daughter—Annawadi’s “most-everything girl”—will soon become its first female college graduate. And even the poorest Annawadians, like Kalu, a fifteen-year-old scrap-metal thief, believe themselves inching closer to the good lives and good times they call “the full enjoy.”   But then Abdul the garbage sorter is falsely accused in a shocking tragedy; terror and a global recession rock the city; and suppressed tensions over religion, caste, sex, power and economic envy turn brutal. As the tenderest individual hopes intersect with the greatest global truths, the true contours of a competitive age are revealed. And so, too, are the imaginations and courage of the people of Annawadi.   With intelligence, humor, and deep insight into what connects human beings to one another in an era of tumultuous change, Behind the Beautiful Forevers carries the reader headlong into one of the twenty-first century’s hidden worlds, and into the lives of people impossible to forget.
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Format: papier
ISBN: 9781400067558 (9781400067558)
ASIN: 1400067553
Publisher: Random House, Inc.
Pages no: 256
Edition language: English
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3.0 Review of Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
Well that was a depressing book. This tells the story of a handful of people living in a modern day slum in Mumbai, India. There is nothing positive in the lives of these people, and while that is certainly not the author's fault, it made for some difficult reading. It is very sad to think that t...
Chris' Fish Place
Chris' Fish Place rated it
5.0
One of those books that gets better with a re-read. There is so much here.Old Review:So wow. Using the micro chasm of a few families in an Indian slum, Boo looks at how economic forces control lives for removed for the big CEO. The thing I found most interesting is that while there is no real moral ...
DubaiReader
DubaiReader rated it
4.0 How India's cripplingly poor people live.
How India's cripplingly poor people live.I hadn't realised, when I first started reading, that this was a non-fiction book, and I'm so glad that someone pointed this out to me. Knowing that it was true and all the crazy characters were not just a figment of the author's imagination, made it a much m...
Cyfranek - Cyfrowe czytanie
Cyfranek - Cyfrowe czytanie rated it
4.5 Nędza nie uszlachetnia
„Zawsze piękne. Życie, śmierć i nadzieja w slumsach Bombaju” to książka zaskakująca przynajmniej pod jednym względem - autorka nie jest Induską! Co jest w tym takie zaskakujące? Otóż autorce udało się z niezwykłą głębią i precyzją ale i daleko idącą delikatnością ukazać sposób myślenia i funkcjonowa...
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In this brilliant, breathtaking book by Pulitzer Prize winner Katherine Boo, a bewildering age of global change and inequality is made human through the dramatic story of families striving toward a better life in Annawadi, a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport...
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