Behind the Beautiful Forevers - Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity-logo

Behind the Beautiful Forevers - Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity

Katherine Boo

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 De

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 De
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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 De

Language:

English

Narrators:

Sunil Malhotra

Length:

8h 17m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:17


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

09:39


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:28


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:27


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:04


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

09:18


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

09:34


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:46


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:37


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

08:01


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:22


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:05


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

09:31


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:13


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

08:19


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:41


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:28


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:00


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:45


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:09


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:44


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

08:20


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

08:02


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

09:24


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

08:08


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

09:23


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

08:25


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

09:33


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

09:43


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

09:29


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:38


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

08:19


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

08:53


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

08:19


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:40


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:13


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

03:25


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

08:21


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

08:19


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:46


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:23


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

08:45


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

09:36


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

08:02


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:55


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

08:27


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

08:59


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:58


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

09:27


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:53


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:01


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:06


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

07:51


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

08:12


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

08:19


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

08:09


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:45


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

08:09


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:04


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

07:25


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

07:52


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

07:08


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:44


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:29


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

07:44


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

00:29