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  • Published: New York : Random House, c2012.
  • Year Published: 2012
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Description: xxii, 256 p. ; 25 cm.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

Reading Level

  • Lexile: 1030

ISBN/Standard Number

  • 9781400067558
  • 1400067553


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Behind the beautiful forevers : life, death, and hope in a Mumbai undercity

by Boo, Katherine.

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Where To Find It

Call number: 305.569 Bo

Available Copies: Downtown 2nd Floor, Malletts Adult, Pittsfield Adult, Traverwood Adult, West Adult

Additional Details

Subtitle from cover.

Prologue: between roses -- Undercitizens. Annawadi -- Asha -- Sunil -- Manju -- The business of burning. Ghost house -- A hole she called a window -- A come-apart -- The master -- A little wildness. Marquee effect -- Parrots, caught and sold -- Proper sleep -- Up and out. Nine nights of dance -- Something shining á -- The trial -- Ice -- Black and white -- A school, a hospital, a cricket field.

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well written

It was definitely well written, but, for me, it was difficult to get through. It is a work of nonfiction that reads like a novel and it is so easy to think of the book as a work of fiction. Whenever those thoughts entered my mind, I thought, why would she create these characters just to weave a life of pure awfulness (no better way to put this) that surrounds them. However, this book is a piece of investigative journalism and it is all TRUTH. That fact left me feeling sick whilst reading the book. Sometimes, I think I prefer to subscribe to the belief that 'ignorance is bliss'. I was never aware of any of this occurring in India and now that I am somewhat alerted of this world, I wish I still had no knowledge of this underworld. It was too depressing for me overall....i like to think more optimistically about the world and humanity itself...



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