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Annawadi is a slum in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport, and as the Indian economy booms, Annawadians are electric with hope. Abdul, a reflective teenager, sees ?a fortune beyond counting? in the recyclable garbage that the city?s richer people throw away. He is so fast, sorting waste, that he?s close to lifting his whole family out of the slum. Asha, a woman of formidable wit and deep scars from a childhood in rural poverty, is eyeing an alternate route to the middle class: political corruption. With a little luck and the right connections, her sensitive, beautiful teenaged daughter might soon become the first female college graduate in the slum. And even the poorest Annawadians, like Kalu, a homeless 15-year-old scrap-metal thief, feel themselves inching closer to the good lives and good times they call ?the full enjoy.? But then Abdul the teenaged garbage sorter is falsely accused in a shocking tragedy; a terrorist attack and a global recession rock Mumbai; and suppressed tensions over religion, caste, sex, power and economic envy turn brutal. As the tenderest human hopes intersect with the harshest realities of life in an Indian megacity, the true contours of a desperately competitive age are revealed. And so, too, are the resilience and ingenuity of the people of Annawadi. In Katherine Boo?s fast-paced and riveting book?beautifully written, rigorously researched and intimately reported?the impact of poverty, inequality, corruption and global change is made human through breathtaking, sometimes heartbreaking, stories that will stay with you forever. Printed Pages: 280. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 50474
Titel: Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death ...
Verlag: Hamish Hamilton/Penguin Books India
Auflage: First edition.
Buchbeschreibung RANDOM HOUSE INC Feb 2012, 2012. Buch. Buchzustand: Neu. 236x165x33 mm. Neuware - In this brilliant, breathtaking book by Pulitzer Prize winner Katherine Boo, a bewildering age of global change and inequality is made human through the dramatic story of families striving toward a better life in Annawadi, a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport. As India starts to prosper, the residents of Annawadi are electric with hope. Abdul, an enterprising teenager, sees 'a fortune beyond counting' in the recyclable garbage that richer people throw away. Meanwhile Asha, a woman of formidable ambition, has identified a shadier route to the middle class. With a little luck, her beautiful daughter, Annawadi's 'most-everything girl,' might become its first female college graduate. And even the poorest children, like the young thief Kalu, feel themselves inching closer to their dreams. But then Abdul is falsely accused in a shocking tragedy; terror and global recession rock the city; and suppressed tensions over religion, caste, sex, power, and economic envy turn brutal. With intelligence, humor, and deep insight into what connects people to one another in an era of tumultuous change, Behind the Beautiful Forevers, based on years of uncompromising reporting, carries the reader headlong into one of the twenty-first century's hidden worlds-and into the hearts of families impossible to forget. Winner of the National Book Award The PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award The Los Angeles Times Book Prize The American Academy of Arts and Letters Award The New York Public Library's Helen Bernstein Book Award NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times - The Washington Post - O: The Oprah Magazine - USA Today - New York - The Miami Herald - San Francisco Chronicle - Newsday NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New Yorker - People - Entertainment Weekly - The Wall Street Journal - The Boston Globe - The Economist - Financial Times - Newsweek /The Daily Beast - Foreign Policy - The Seattle Times - The Nation - St. Louis Post-Dispatch - The Denver Post - Minneapolis Star Tribune - Salon - The Plain Dealer - The Week - Kansas City Star - Slate - Time Out New York - Publishers Weekly NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 'A book of extraordinary intelligence [and] humanity . . . beyond groundbreaking.' -Junot Díaz, The New York Times Book Review 'Reported like Watergate, written like Great Expectations, and handily the best international nonfiction in years.' - New York 'This book is both a tour de force of social justice reportage and a literary masterpiece.' -Judges' Citation for the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award '[A] landmark book.' - The Wall Street Journal 'A triumph of a book.' -Amartya Sen 'There are books that change the way you feel and see; this is one of them.' -Adrian Nicole LeBlanc '[A] stunning piece of narrative nonfiction . . . [Katherine] Boo's prose is electric.' -O: The Oprah Magazine 'Inspiring, and irresistible . . . Boo's extraordinary achievement is twofold. She shows us how people in the most desperate circumstances can find the resilience to hang on to their humanity. Just as important, she makes us care.' -People 288 pp. Englisch. Artikel-Nr. 9781400067558