Review: Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity, by Katherine Boo

Boo is married to an Indian citizen and divides her time between India and the U.S. She gathered the material for this book between November 2007 and March 2011, documenting the lives of the families of the Annawadi slum community which is adjacent to luxury hotels and the Mumbai Airport. The author, a journalist by training, reports on the poverty, rampant government corruption, poor or nonexistent schools, illiteracy, lack of economic opportunity and medical care under which these people suffer. Against all this, they still have hope for a better future, unfortunately not always justified for several of the families. This well written book won several prizes including the National Book Award for Nonfiction in 2012. I found this book to be a good commentary on the social inequality of our world.

Winner of the 2012 National Book Award for Nonfiction and other awards.

RATING: * * * * Very, very good

Reviewed by: kh

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