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Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Boo, Katherine
ISBN: 081297932X     ISBN-13: 9780812979329
Publisher: Random House Inc
    OUR PRICE: $16.20  
Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: April 2014
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Annotation: Profiles everyday life in the settlement of Annawadi as experienced by a Muslim teen, an ambitious rural mother, and a young scrap metal thief, illuminating how their efforts to build better lives are challenged by religious, caste, and economic tensions.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Urban poor; India; Bombay.
Creative nonfiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Social Science | Poverty & Homelessness
- History | Asia
- Social Science | Developing Countries
Dewey: 305.5/690954792
LCCN: bl2014013625
Academic/Grade Level: General Adult
Book type: Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 8.00" H x 5.25" W x 1.00" (0.60 lbs) 256 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 156642
Reading Level: 7.8   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 14.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q58319
Reading Level: 9.2   Interest Level: Grades 9-12   Point Value: 19.0
 
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Contributor Bio(s): Katherine Boo is a staff writer at The New Yorker and a former reporter and editor for The Washington Post. Her reporting has been awarded a Pulitzer Prize, a MacArthur “Genius” grant, and a National Magazine Award for Feature Writing. For the last decade, she has divided her time between the United States and India. This is her first book.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2011 October #3)

A Mumbai slum offers rare insight into the lives and socioeconomic and political realities for some of the disadvantaged riding the coattails (or not) of India's economic miracle in this deeply researched and brilliantly written account by New Yorker writer and Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Boo. Divided into four parts, the narrative brings vividly to the page life as it is led today in Annawadi, a squalid and overcrowded migrant settlement of some 3,000 people squatting since 1991 on a half-acre of land owned by the Sahar International Airport. (Boo derives her title from a richly ironic real-world image: a brightly colored ad for floor tiles repeating "Beautiful Forever" across a wall shutting out Annawadi from the view of travelers leaving the airport.) Among her subjects is the fascinating Abdul, a sensitive and cautiously hopeful Muslim teenager tirelessly trading in the trash paid for by recycling firms. Crucially, Boo's commanding ability to convey an interior world comes balanced by concern for the structural realities of India's economic liberalization (begun the same year as Annawadi's settlement), and her account excels at integrating the party politics and policy strategies behind eruptions of deep-seated religious, caste, and gender divides. Boo's rigorous inquiry and transcendent prose leave an indelible impression of human beings behind the shibboleths of the New India. (Feb.)

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