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Behind The Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, And Hope In A Mumbai Undercity

Behind The Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, And Hope In A Mumbai Undercity

This astonishing, brilliantly written book brings us to places we could otherwise never go as it unfolds a riveting contemporary drama: a group of remarkable people striving to better their lives, in an age of bewildering global change.

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ISBN 9781921844638
Barcode 9781921844638
Published 22 February 2012 by Scribe Publications
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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Author(s) By Boo, Katherine
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ISBN-13 9781921844638
ISBN-10 1921844639
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Scribe Publications
Imprint Scribe Publications
Publication Date 22 February 2012
Publication Country Australia Australia
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Boo, Katherine
Category Award Winning
Urban Communities
Social Issues: Unemployment
Number of Pages 288
Dimensions Width: 138mm
Height: 209mm
Spine: 20mm
Weight 284g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Current Affairs & Issues
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 307.33640954792
Catalogue Code 246912

Description of this Book

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 15-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, humour, and deep insight into what connects human beings in an era of tumultuous change, Behind the Beautiful Forevers carries the reader headlong into one of the 21st century's hidden worlds, and into the lives of people impossible to forget.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

Awards Winner of US National Book Award for Nonfiction 2012 -- Winner of LA Times Book Prize 2012 -- Winner of UK Indie Debut 2012 -- Short-listed for Pulitzer Prize 2013 -- Short-listed for Samuel Johnson Award 2012
NZ Review Without question the best book yet written on contemporary India. Also, the best work of narrative nonfiction I've read in twenty-five years. - Ramachandra Guha, author of India After Gandhi.

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Author's Bio

Katherine Boo, a staff writer for The New Yorker, has spent the last twenty years reporting from within poor communities, considering how societies distribute opportunity and how individuals get out of poverty. This is her first book.

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