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Behind The Beautiful Forevers Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity (Hardcover)

Author:  Katherine Boo
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 1400067553
ISBN-13: 9781400067558
Sku: 219210144
Publish Date: 2/7/2012
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 9.5H x 6.5L x 1.25T
Pages:  288
From Pulitzer Prize-winner Boo comes 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 21st century''s great, unequal cities.


"BEHIND THE BEAUTIFUL FOREVERS is a riveting, fearlessly reported portrait of a poverty so obliterating that it amounts to a slow-motion genocide. Right now the book is sitting on my shelf making all the other books feel stupid." - Jeff Giles 02/03/2012

"Novelists dream of defining characters this swiftly and beautifully, but Ms. Boo is not a novelist. She is one of those rare, deep-digging journalists who can make truth surpass fiction, a documentarian with a superb sense of human drama." - Janet Maslin 01/31/2012

"[E]ven a reader unaware of Boo's extraordinary methods--which are only described after the book's conclusion--can perceive from the very first pages that thousands of hours must have been required to achieve the extraordinary intimacy between reporter and subjects on display in every page." - Jonathan Shainin February 2012

"Boo describes what happens when opportunity accrues to the already privileged in the age of globalization, governments remain dysfunctional and corrupt, and, with most citizens locked into a fantasy of personal wealth and consumption, hope, too, is privatized, sundered from any notions of collective well-being." - Pankaj Mishra 02/12/2012

"Boo's talents as a scrupulous reporter and imaginative writer have memorably rendered a place that swarms with life-a ferment of struggle and predicament. And while her perceptions enlarge our understanding of India, and of what poverty might mean in other countries, her subjects engage our sympathy rather than demand our pity." - Ian Jack 04/05/2012

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