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Title:
Behind the beautiful forevers : [life, death, and hope in a Mumbai undercity] / Katherine Boo.
Call Number:
305.5690954 BOO
Publication Date:
c2012.
Edition:
1st ed.
Publisher:
New York : Random House, c2012.
Physical Description:
xxii, 256 p. ; 25 cm.
Notes:
Subtitle from dust jacket.
Contents:
Prologue : between roses -- Undercitizens. Annawadi ; Asha ; Sunil ; Manju -- The business of burning. Ghost house ; The hole she called a window ; The come-apart ; The master -- A little wildness. Marquee effect ; Parrots, caught and sold ; Proper sleep -- Up and out. Nine nights of dance ; Something shining ; The trial ; Ice ; Black and white ; A school, a hospital, a cricket field.
Summary:
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 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 fortune in the recyclable garbage of richer people. Asha, a woman of formidable wit and deep scars from a rural childhood, has identified an alternate route to the middle class: political corruption. And even the poorest Annawadians, like Kalu, a fifteen-year-old scrap-metal thief, believe themselves inching closer to good times. But then, as the tenderest individual hopes intersect with the greatest global truths, the true contours of a competitive age are revealed.--From publisher description.
Added Title:
Life, death, and hope in a Mumbai undercity
Horizon Bib Number:
1349195
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