Good read: “Behind the Beautiful Forevers” life in poor India
Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, death, and hope in a Mumbai undercity
At Amazon where else?
Behind the Beautiful Forevers” is the result of intensive, immersive observation over the course of four years in the life of a Mumbai shantytown called Annawadi. Boo’s technique is as exhaustive as it is self-effacing. She conducts countless hours of interviews with her key “characters,” interviews that, to judge by the results, can be as searching as therapy sessions. She backs these up with documentary research and shoe leather reporting. To establish what actually happened during a crucial event — the self-immolation of a one-legged woman following a dispute with one of the book’s central families — she interviewed 168 people, many of them more than once. She never mentions herself.
- Katherine Boo’s ‘Behind the Beautiful Forevers’ (india.blogs.nytimes.com)
- Books of The Times: Katherine Boo’s First Book, ‘Behind the Beautiful Forevers’ (nytimes.com)