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Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity (Chinese Edition) by Katherine Boo

Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity (Chinese Edition)
Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity (Chinese Edition)
Katherine Boo
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Shang Zhou Chu Ban/Tsai Fong Books; 1 edition (August 4, 2012)
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Pub Date: 2012-08-02 Pages: 320 Language: Traditional Chinese Publisher: Shangzhouchuban The Economist. Washington Post. New York Times. The Oprah Magazine. Publishers Weekly U.S. National Book Award. 2012 Best books! Captured Publishers Weekly. New York Times and other non-fiction bestseller list! Sold 11 countries unpublished copyright! Pulitzer Prize winner Katherine cloth (KatherineBoo) blockbuster first make! Says good will of the airport being staged numerous side wall behind the story is not better in any one of the slums in Mumbai to live. it is destined to be strictly classified as a crime in this filthy garbage borders portrait barren waste. just like garbage Like trading with each other. life is more like trash beneath contempt ...... no water lakes. no hospital drugs. there is no truth in the judicial system of this slum. overlooking the gorgeous Mumbai airport a...
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I'm an American and I've lived and worked in West Africa for over 5 years (3 of them as a Peace Corps volunteer). I've found that it's incredibly challenging to peal away the cultural onion, especially in writing. It took me three years before I felt that I had a grasp on the rhythm and flow of the community I was living in, including the styles of communication (nonverbal communication, decoding indirectness), the practice of saving face, concepts of time, concepts of power, attitudes towards uncertainty, family life, the boundaries of friendship, decision-making when living in extreme poverty, etc. There is so much difference. You have to marinate in the difference to become aware of it, and then adopt the difference to understand it.

Katherine Boo is blessed with perception, awareness and understanding. I was blown away by her ability to capture the everyday judgements, intentions and attitudes of the residents of Annawadi and to provide an intimate looks into the oppression, corruption and abuse of poverty.
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I live in Brazil, a country of great social inequality, but even so the misery and cruelty shown in Behind the Beautiful Forevers is impressive. This work, winner of the 2012’s National Book Award and written by Pulitzer winner Katherine Boo, is the result of three years she spent in Annawadi, a slum in Mumbai, India.

The title is a reference to an outdoor of Italian luxury mosaics that faces the city’s modern international airport; and Annawadi is right behind, like a black humor joke. It is a place of hunger and constant disease. Where people sleep in the middle of trash and are bitten by rats during the night. Where the fight for survivor surfaces a greedy and cruel side in the neighbors, the police corruption and politics. A place where people supplement their meager diet with rats and frogs from a fetid lagoon. Annawadi shows the combination of the darkest side of globalization with the Indian cast system, defined in the book as “the most perfectly oppressive labor division system ever conceived”.

Most of the story revolves around a Muslim family in the place of Hindu majority. They are accused of being responsible for the suicide of a one-legged woman. She set fire to herself because the renovation of a shared wall made dust fall in her rice, and wanted to teach a lesson to the neighbors that went too far. The lawsuit against the father of the family and his son extends for years and becomes a nightmare, revealing an endemic corruption in each and every level of the official system. The Indian bureaucracy seems like a big machine to forget the poor.

“In the West, and among some in the Indian elite, this word, corruption, had purely negative connotations; it was seen as blocking India’s modern, global ambitions. But for the poor of a country where corruption thieved a great deal of opportunity, corruption was one of the genuine opportunities that remained.”

One day the Indian press does visit this place of poverty and injustice because of a death. Of a horse. A few days before, a garbage collector was ran over and died after pleading for help for hours in an active road. They took him out of there when he was already dead and the coroner determined – without an autopsy – that he died of tuberculosis, so that it wouldn’t smudge the region’s statistics.

The facts are amazing, and the execution of Behind the Beautiful Forevers too. The author used over a thousand hours of video, photographs and audio interviews to write the book. And Boo also has an incredible sensibility to find the right stories and the literary talent to transcribe them.

One of the best non-fiction books I have read. A deep immersion in an incredible theme, with incredible execution, multiple sources, long time of research. A must-read for journalists, those interested in modern India, or any human being.