Katherine Boo in East Lansing August 2012
Winner, Katherine Boo, the first-time author of Behind the Beautiful Forevers has written a captivating book. It is a book about real people in the slums of Mumbai, India. It reads like a novel and it is reveals the life paths of many individuals in a setting unfamiliar to most of us.
I highly recommend the book!
I had the good fortune to visit India earlier in 2012. The complexity of the challenges of the country became clear to me from my visit. Then, coming back and reading this book amplifies my understanding of the complexity and humanity of the country.
Polymic reports, “Boo, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter currently writing for the New Yorker, takes readers of The Beautiful Forevers inside a Mumbai slum for a story of a boy and the harsh and illuminating after effects of crime — or perceived crime. More broadly, it explores themes of inequality and the perseverance of families striving for something better. In her acceptance, Boo praised Shadid, who she described as also believing in the ideal that stories can be used to give voice to those without it.”
This website will take you to three NPR stories on Katherine Boo and the book Behind the Beautiful Forevers. http://www.northcountrypublicradio.org/news/nprnews.php?id=Katherine%20Boo
The following four blog posts are ones I have posted related to India.