Even those who were above subsistence levels couldn't protect their babies from rat bites, nor could they expect any security from a corrupt state. Bring your club to Amazon Book Clubs, start a new book club and invite your friends to join, or find a club that’s right for you for free. HV4140.M86B66 2011 305.5’690954792—dc23 2011019555 www.atrandom.com v3.1 Behind The Beautiful Forevers Review. This is an astonishing book which I finished in two sittings. The post-Slumdog reportage. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. It's really three books in one: Reviewed in the United States on February 12, 2016. I've found that it's incredibly challenging to peal away the cultural onion, especially in writing. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. But wait! In “ Behind the Beautiful Forevers,” Boo humanizes them as individuals with their own stories to tell. While Behind the Beautiful Forevers describes in specific detail life in a makeshift community neighboring the Mumbai India international airport, it explains what poverty looks like, feels like and how it shapes the lives of millions who live without any basic resources, including shelter, water and … There is so much difference. Everywhere. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. There was a problem loading your book clubs. In several years, it has turned into a densely inhabited area that is primarily filled with the people both from different regions of India and from abroad, namely Pakistani, making its population a mixture a variety of groups and languages. Random House Trade Paperbacks; Reprint edition (April 8, 2014). --Junot Diaz, "The New York Times Book Review ", 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. I'm an American and I've lived and worked in West Africa for over 5 years (3 of them as a Peace Corps volunteer). Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 2, 2014. The corruption was mind blowing. "Yes, conditions in Indian slums are appalling. I expected there to be some "hope" in the book (after all, the title is "behind the beautiful forevers: Life, death, and hope in a Mumbai undercity), but there was absolutely none. I wonder what happened to these people since the book was written. But wait! Behind the Beautiful Forevers is the story of life in Annawadi, a slum situated close to Mumbai Airport. How do we turn our backs on this otherworld of strife and despair where the only hope to improve is by begging? [Behind the Beautiful Forevers] plays out like a swift, richly plotted novel. I expected there to be some "hope" in the book (after all, the title is "behind the beautiful forevers: Life, death, and hope in a Mumbai undercity), but there was absolutely none. The book … Even those who were above subsistence levels couldn't protect their babies from rat bites, nor could they expect any security from a corrupt state. For Behind the Beautiful Forevers, journalist Katherine Boo spent three years in Annawadi recording the lives of its residents. Its residents are garbage recyclers and construction workers, economic migrants, all of them living in the hope that a small part of India's booming future will eventually be theirs. 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