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Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
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Apr 05, 12

bookshelves: non-fiction

We Americans might complain about our government, but after you read a book like this you realize our complaints are minor. Some people in other parts of the world, in this case India, live in such dire poverty with almost no hope of improving their prospects, that you wonder how they find the inner strength to keep going. Some don't, such as the young girl who swallows rat poison rather than take another beating by her family. It's no wonder people resort to stealing or corruption. This is a pretty bleak but true story of real poor people in the world. It takes courage not to look away.

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