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Behind the Beautiful Forevers

Katherine Boo

Behind the Beautiful Forevers

by Katherine Boo

Behind the Beautiful Forevers

Katherine Boo

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Behind The Beautiful Forevers will make you more grateful for what you have, look for ways to tear down corruption in the world, and help the poor by sharing the experiences of people living in the Annawadi slum in India.

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Behind the Beautiful Forevers

by Katherine Boo

Behind the Beautiful Forevers

Katherine Boo

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Mumbai is one of the world's biggest and most complicated cities. It boasts luxury, Bollywood, and higher income per capita than the average Indian city. But in stark contrast, it also contains some of the worst slums. If you've seen the movie Slumdog Millionaire, you have an idea of what a poor area of Mumbai is like. The Annawadi slum is home to 3,000 people on a small patch of swampy land near the Mumbai airport. Hiding them from the view is a large concrete wall that borders the airport. The people here live in devastating poverty.

Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Katherine Boo spent more than three years here among the people. In her book Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity she gives us a glimpse into this area and the people that live here. Many live with little to no shelter. Waste and rats surround them. Families live in desperation and must do what they can each day to maybe make a few dollars.

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"Much of what was said did not matter, and that much of what mattered could not be said."

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