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Behind the Beautiful Forevers

Life, Death, and Hope in A Mumbai Undercity
Boo, Katherine (Downloadable Audiobook - 2012)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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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 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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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.

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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 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.

Authors: Boo, Katherine
Statement of Responsibility: Katherine Boo
Title: Behind the beautiful forevers
life, death, and hope in a Mumbai undercity
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Publisher: New York : Books on Tape, 2012
Characteristics: 1 sound file (8 hr., 15 min., 59 sec.) : digital.
Playtime: 081559
Notes: Unabridged
Performers: Read by Sunil Malhotra.
System Details: Mode of access: World Wide Web
Requires OverDrive Media Console (WMA file size: 118790 KB; MP3 file size: 232885 KB)
Subject Headings: Urban poor India Bombay
Genre/Form: Audiobooks
Downloadable audio books
Topical Term: Urban poor
Additional Contributors: Malhotra, Sunil
OverDrive, Inc
Additional Physical Form Entry: Source record: Boo, Katherine. Behind the beautiful forevers. Unabridged. New York : Random House : Books on Tape, p2011 9780307934055 (OCoLC)759868531
ISBN: 9780307934086
030793408X
Branch Call Number: eNYPL Audio
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Apr 09, 2014
  • brookchambers rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A beautifully written book that vividly depicts life in a Mumbai slum. I would definitely recommend the audiobook- the narrator is excellent and the author speaks at the end about her incredible experience in researching for the book.

Dec 03, 2013
  • 22950004980520 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I listened to the audiobook and the reader is very, very good. This is beautifully written. However, it was so sad at times that I had to take several breaks during the narration.

This is a sobering read about poverty and humanity in Annawadi, a slum in Mumbai. This book is part of the required reading in many Johnson County Community College Composition classes. Sunil Malhotra does an excellent job narrating this audiobook.

Mar 18, 2013
  • mogie rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

A very good book. I think it would have been better to read than listen to as an audiobook

Jun 01, 2012
  • christyspencer rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A painful but accurate portrayal of slum-life. This book is an excellent window into the culture, reality and needs of the people. She makes no attempt to provide solutions, sway the audience or romanticize anything. Her epilogue is insightful and I appreciate her integrity in careful and unbiased research.

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Jun 01, 2012
  • christyspencer rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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