Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity (Enhanced Edition) [NOOK Book]

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This Enhanced eBook features exclusive video footage shot over the course of three years by the author and several children of the Annawadi slum.

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...

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Overview

This Enhanced eBook features exclusive video footage shot over the course of three years by the author and several children of the Annawadi slum.

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.

This enhanced eBook features exclusive video footage shot over the course of three years by the author and several children of the Annawadi slum.

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679645504
  • Publisher: Random House Adult Trade Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/7/2012
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Enhanced
  • Sales rank: 50,061
  • File size: 117 MB
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Meet the Author

Katherine Boo
Katherine Boo
Katherine Boo is a staff writer at The New Yorker and a former reporter and editor for The Washington Post. Her reporting has been awarded a Pulitzer Prize, a MacArthur “Genius” grant, and a National Magazine Award for Feature Writing. For the last decade, she has divided her time between the United States and India. This is her first book.


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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2012

    enhanced version is worth it

    I'm only 1/2 way through the nook book so far, but I had to stop to let readers know that the enhanced version is worth it. There are several short videos that allow you to see the slum and its' people, including many of the characters from the book. They're beautifully edited and a fascinating way to see into the lives of the slum inhabitants.

    33 out of 35 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2012

    Will Need Tissue

    Very moving, tragic but insightful read. Depressing story that needed to be told. Makes you very grateful for the life you have.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2012

    A memorable, wonderful book

    The author has sccomplished something extraordinary. She has gotten inside the lives of marginalized people and made us feel them as real. India is a multiverse. This book deals wirh an India we hear about and even if we see, seldom understand. This book does not condemn, justify, or explain. It reveals.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 16, 2012

    Katherine Boo's book is one of the finest I've ever read. Her p

    Katherine Boo's book is one of the finest I've ever read. Her prose is both lyrical and sharp, and she does not indulge in sappy (and inappropriate) pity for the people of Annawadi. She brings their lives to us, thoughtfully and respectfully sharing the bonds she's developed with them and with the culture of this under-city over three years. A tour de force--don't miss it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 21, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    It was good. If you are looking for a glimpse into the undercity

    It was good. If you are looking for a glimpse into the undercity of Mumbai, India this will be an eye opener and works well. This is a book that held my interest but wasn't a book that I simply couldn't put down. It is worth a look though and I recommend the enhanced edition.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2013

    Buyer Beware

    I bought this book to read on my NOOK, but was unable to. Apparently it doesn't have the ability to support the "enhanced" version. Still wanted to read the book, so I bought it in Paperback....VERY compelling story and it deserves 5 stars. Just sorry I had to pay twice for it! But that is a BN problem, not the author's problem. Buyer beware!!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 7, 2012

    Touching! beautiful soul full !!!!

    This book is narrative non-fiction I love the Nook version as it has video clips of the real people involved in the narrative. Very unique presentation, lives that are real today in a "slumdog millionaire" way. Universal needs and desires and the struggle for Love and survival in a world of caste and monetary division are described in vivid detail Love this book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2012

    Could not put down

    I felt like I had entered another world.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2012

    A must read concerning social issues

    As I read this book I thought back to "The Pearl" and how some groups have little recourse in decisions effecting their well being. Personal frustration comes from not knowing how to help.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2013

    Beyond The Beautiful Forever

    Give it time and attention. Worth the read, especially the author's remarks at the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2013

    Similar to A Fine Balance?

    These reviews have me so intrigued. Will definitely read this book Has anyone read A Fine Balance? Very shocking and disturbing. Similar?

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  • Posted February 26, 2013

    The enhanced version makes this a must-read. If you loved the mo

    The enhanced version makes this a must-read.
    If you loved the movie City of the Gods, when it came out, then you will also like this book.  Given the horrific conditions and poverty the people she was observing are required to live in, Katherine Boo could have easily resorted to a pitying appeal to the reader’s sense of charity.  She doesn’t.  She portrays this hard-knocks life in all its fierceness.  She gives the reader a true sense of the humanity and dignity of these people, when the reader could easily be distracted by the inhumane circumstances of their lives.  This is an artfully constructed book, and gives the reader the impression of viewing a cinematic documentary.  I cannot imagine a better piece of narrative non-fiction.

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