Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo review

By Peter Riordan In Books

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5th May, 2012
American journalist Katherine Boo is very well-intentioned with her first book, Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity, and that’s probably part of the problem. Boo has witnessed the grinding poverty of Mumbai’s slums. She married an Indian and has lived in the city and felt compelled to write of its horrors. She comes to the task with powerful credentials – a Pulitzer Prize winner writing for the New Yorker with a reputation for tackling stories about poverty in her home country – but makes a choice that  fatally flaws her book. Will ...

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