Lisa Lewis's Reviews > Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity

Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
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Wonderful book! The publisher's summary calls it "narrative nonfiction" - I would further describe this as a sociological, ethnographic study told in a compelling, novel-like style. The author spent years among people living in a garbage slum of Mumbai, learning what life is like for people who are struggling to exist in the shadow of the five-star hotels and airport of India's largest financial city - "the shit in between the roses", as one character describes their slum. In many ways sobering and sad, the stories are at the same time full of hope but, like any sociological study, not sugar-coated. Fascinating to read and highly recommended!

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