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Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
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it was ok
bookshelves: human-rights

“Do you ever think when you look at someone, when to you listen to someone, does that person really have a life?" Abdul was asking the boy who was not listening. "Like that woman who just went to hang herself, or her husband, who probably beat her before she did this? I wonder what kind of life is that," Abdul went on. "I go through tensions just to see it. But it is a life. Even the person who lives like a dog still has a kind of life."

–Katharine Boo

I had some really high expectations for this book. Blends of multiculturalism and human rights and anthropology mixed in. I couldn't wait to dive in.

I wish I could say it lived up to expectations, but I had a relatively hard time tracking the direction its storylines took. I had a hard time latching on to any particular narrative. There were still some great snippets of beauty, like the quote above.

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Started Reading
February 1, 2014 – Finished Reading
November 17, 2016 – Shelved
November 17, 2016 – Shelved as: human-rights

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