Monday, February 13, 2012

BEHIND THE BEAUTIFUL FOREVERS by Katherine Boo

Having narrated The Pirates of Somalia and The Triple Agent, among others, Sunil Malhotra utilizes an understated and authentic middle Eastern accent.  In BEHIND THE BEAUTIFUL FOREVERS he has taken on a modern masterpiece of narrative non-fiction, a book three years in the making, covering the lives of poor people who occupy one of the world's largest and dirtiest cities--Mumbai.  India is changing rapidly, growing with the promise of jobs and technology, and with skyscrapers on the rise.  But most young people struggle to recycle the garbage and obtain a promised Western lifestyle.  (A companion to this well written book might be Slumdog Millionaire.)  Author Katherine Boo has won a Pulitzer Prize, and reveals a world which Americans know little about. . . a world where inequality is hardly ever addressed, but where hope, sensitivity and dignity live in the hearts of children who must do all they can to survive.  It is also one of the best books I have ever heard. 

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