Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
    Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity (English, Hardcover, Katherine Boo)

    Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity  (English, Hardcover, Katherine Boo)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Hardcover
    • Publisher: PENGUIN BOOKS INDIA
    • ISBN: 9780670086092, 0670086096
    • Edition: 2012
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    Behind The Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death And Hope In A Mumbai Undercity is a non-fictional account of the Annawadi slum of Mumbai, India. It has been authored by Katherine Boo and has won the National Book Award.

    Summary Of The Book

    Behind The Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death And Hope In A Mumbai Undercity is an interesting, detailed account of the Annawadi slum of Mumbai. Annawadi is a slum in Mumbai built on land belonging to the Mumbai Airport. Boo offers a deep insight into the lives and daily tribulations of the inhabitants of the Annawadi slum in her book. The book is not a work of fiction and hence, offers a realistic view on the residents of the densely populated slum.

    Katherine Boo lived in Annawadi for three years while she did research for her book. The characters she writes about in the book are real and so are their everyday issues, struggles and conflicts. The book focuses primarily on three families of Annawadi. Young Abdul, who is a garbage collector, and his family consisting of his parents and two siblings, Fatima, his neighbor, and Asha who works for the Shiv Sena, are the three families who the book is centered on.

    The story begins with Fatima setting herself on fire out of vengeance. The events leading up to her immolation are left unexplained in the beginning and the book progresses giving a detailed account of the life at Annawadi. Boo builds up the story and the characters as she narrates the difficult yet intriguing life in Annawadi, until the story reaches the point where Fatima attempts to immolate herself. The lives of the characters become clearer after this point in the book and Boo begins to give an informed and educated insight into the dreams, hopes and fears of the residents of this illegal slum in Mumbai.

    Behind The Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death And Hope In A Mumbai Undercity is a very realistic account of the lives of the slum dwellers of Annawadi. The book has been widely read and received critical acclaim for its unflinching description of the reality of the slum dwellers in India. The book was awarded the National Book Prize and Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

    About Katherine Boo

    Katherine Boo is a journalist and author.

    Katherine Boo was born on August 12, 1964. She grew up in Washington D.C. and graduated from Barnard College of Columbia University. She has won several awards including the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, the Columbia Journalism Award, the National Book Award and the MacArthur Fellowship for her excellent work. Her husband, Sunil Khilnani, is a professor of politics and the Director of the India Institute at King's College. She has written several articles and has received awards for exceptional work in her field. She has also written articles for The New Yorker. The Marriage Cure won her the National Magazine Award. She also wrote After Welfare, another article for The New Yorker and won the 2002 Sidney Hillman Award for it.

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    Book Details
    • Publication Year
      • 2012
    • Awards
      • National Books Awards winner
    • Award Year
      • 2012
    • Author
      • Katherine Boo
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