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Behind the Beautiful Forevers

IDA654
Katherine Boo
Random House
2014
304
081297932X
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
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Richly worthy of its massive recent praise, this story of a particular slum, sandwiched between Mumbai's airport and a string of luxury hotels, is a true acheivement in both reporting and storytelling. Boo, a slight blond American, somehow manages to dig deep and gain the respect of a colorful and compelling collection of slumdwellers, and in telling their story elucidates not only their humanity, but also the wretched system that they are up against. Her main character is Abdul, a young Muslim (amidst mostly Hindu neighbors) whose skill at sorting recyclable garbage almost manages to lift his perspicacious family out of the slums -- until petty jealousies, religious discrimination and, above all, rampant corruption, intervene.

ISBN: 9780812979329
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