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Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Slum von [Boo, Katherine]
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Produktbeschreibungen

Pressestimmen

“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

“Incandescent writing and excruciatingly good storytelling.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer
 
“Outstanding.”—USA Today
 
“A richly detailed tapestry of tragedy and triumph told by a seemingly omniscient narrator with an attention to detail that reads like fiction while in possession of the urgent humanity of nonfiction.”—Los Angeles Times
 
“Rends the heart, thrills the mind, pricks the conscience, and burns the pages.”Washingtonian

“[An] exquisitely accomplished first book. Novelists dream of defining characters this swiftly and beautifully, but Ms. Boo is not a novelist. She is one of those rare, deep-digging journalists who can make truth surpass fiction, a documentarian with a superb sense of human drama. She makes it very easy to forget that this book is the work of a reporter. . . . Comparison to Dickens is not unwarranted.”—Janet Maslin, The New York Times
 
“A jaw-dropping achievement, an instant classic of narrative nonfiction . . . With a cinematic intensity . . . Boo transcends and subverts every cliché, cynical or earnest, that we harbor about Indian destitution and gazes directly into the hearts, hopes, and human promise of vibrant people whom you’ll not soon forget.”Elle

“Riveting, fearlessly reported . . . [Behind the Beautiful Forevers] plays out like a swift, richly plotted novel. That’s partly because Boo writes so damn well. But it’s also because over the course of three years in India she got extraordinary access to the lives and minds of the Annawadi slum, a settlement nestled jarringly close to a shiny international airport and a row of luxury hotels. Grade: A.”Entertainment Weekly
 
“A tough-minded, inspiring, and irresistible book . . . 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 importantly, she makes us care.”People (four stars) 

“A shocking—and riveting—portrait of life in modern India . . . This is one stunning piece of narrative nonfiction. . . . Boo’s prose is electric.”O: The Oprah Magazine
 
“[A] landmark book.”The Wall Street Journal
 
“Moving . . . a humane, powerful and insightful book . . . a book of nonfiction so stellar it puts most novels to shame.”The Boston Globe

“A mind-blowing read.”Redbook
 
“An unforgettable true story, meticulously researched with unblinking honesty . . . pure, astonishing reportage with as unbiased a lens as possible.”The Christian Science Monitor
 
“The most riveting Indian story since Slumdog Millionaire—except hers is true.”Marie Claire

“Seamless and intimate . . . a scrupulously true story . . . It’s tempting to compare [Behind the Beautiful Forevers] to a novel, but . . . that would hardly do it justice.”Salon
 
“Extraordinary . . . moving . . . Like the best journeys, Boo’s book cracks open our preconceptions and constructs an abiding bridge—at once daunting and inspiring—to a world we would never otherwise recognize as our own.”National Geographic Traveler
 
Behind the Beautiful Forevers offers a rebuke to official reports and dry statistics on the global poor. . . . Boo is one of few chroniclers providing this picture. She’s a moral force and . . . an artist of reverberating power.”The American Prospect

“Kate Boo’s reporting is a form of kinship. Abdul and Manju and Kalu of Annawadi will not be forgotten. She leads us through their unknown world, her gift of language rising up like a delicate string of necessary lights. There are books that change the way you feel and see; this is one of them. If we receive the fiery spirit from which it was written, it ought to change much more than that.”—Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, author of Random Family

“I couldn’t put Behind the Beautiful Forevers down even when I wanted to—when the misery, abuse and filth that Boo so elegantly and understatedly describes became almost overwhelming. Her book, situated in a slum on the edge of Mumbai’s international airport, is one of the most powerful indictments of economic inequality I’ve ever read. If Bollywood ever decides to do its own version of The Wire, this would be it.”—Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed

“A beautiful account, told through real-life stories, of the sorrows and joys, the anxieties and stamina, in the lives of the precarious and powerless in urban India whom a booming country has failed to absorb and integrate. A brilliant book that simultaneously informs, agitates, angers, inspires, and instigates.”—Amartya Sen, Professor of Economics and Philosophy at Harvard University, winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics

“Without question the best book yet written on contemporary India. Also, the best work of narrative nonfiction I’ve read in twenty-five years.”—Ramachandra Guha, author of India After Gandhi

“There is a lot to like about this book: the prodigious research that it is built on, distilled so expertly that we hardly notice how much we are being taught; the graceful and vivid prose that never calls attention to itself; and above all, the true and moving renderings of the people of the Mumbai slum called Annawadi. Garbage pickers and petty thieves, victims of gruesome injustice—Ms. Boo draws us into their lives, and they do not let us go. This is a superb book.”—Tracy Kidder, author of Mountains Beyond Mountains and Strength in What Remains

"It might surprise you how completely enjoyable this book is, as rich and beautifully written as a novel. In the hierarchy of long form reporting, Katherine Boo is right up there.”—David Sedaris

Pressestimmen

“[An] exquisitely accomplished first book. Novelists dream of defining characters this swiftly and beautifully, but Ms. Boo is not a novelist. She is one of those rare, deep-digging journalists who can make truth surpass fiction, a documentarian with a superb sense of human drama. She makes it very easy to forget that this book is the work of a reporter. …. Comparison to Dickens is not unwarranted.”
—Janet Maslin, The New York Times
 
“A jaw-dropping achievement, an instant classic of narrative nonfiction…With a cinematic intensity…Boo transcends and subverts every cliché, cynical or earnest, that we harbor about Indian destitution and gazes directly into the hearts, hopes, and human promise of vibrant people whom you’ll not soon forget.”
Elle

“Riveting, fearlessly reported….[Beautiful Forevers] plays out like a swift, richly plotted novel. That's partly because Boo writes so damn well. But it's also because over the course of three years in India she got extraordinary access to the lives and minds of the Annawadi slum, a settlement nestled jarringly close to a shiny international airport and a row of luxury hotels. Grade: A.”
Entertainment Weekly
 
“A tough-minded, inspiring, and irresistible book … 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 importantly, she makes us care."
People (four stars) 
 
“Extraordinary.”
--The New York Times Book Review

“A shocking—and riveting—portrait of life in modern India. … This is one stunning piece of narrative nonfiction … Boo’s prose is electric.”
O, The Oprah Magazine
 
“Gripping…A brilliant novelistic narration.”
Wall Street Journal
 
“Moving…. a humane, powerful and insightful book….A book of nonfiction so stellar it puts most novels to shame.” 
-- Boston Globe

“A mind-blowing read.”
Redbook
 
“An unforgettable true story, meticulously researched with unblinking honesty….Pure, astonishing reportage with as unbiased a lens as possible.”
Christian Science Monitor
 
“The most riveting Indian story since Slumdog Millionaire—except hers is true.”
Marie Claire

“Seamless and intimate….A scrupulously true story….It’s tempting to compare [Behind the Beautiful Forevers] to a novel, but…that would hardly do it justice.”
--Salon
 
“Extraordinary….moving….Like the best journeys, Boo’s book cracks open our preconceptions and constructs an abiding bridge—at once daunting and inspiring—to a world we would never otherwise recognize as our own.”
--National Geographic Traveler
 
“An unforgettable true story, meticulously researched with unblinking honesty….Pure, astonishing reportage with as unbiased a lens as possible.”
Christian Science Monitor
 
“Behind the Beautiful Forevers offers a rebuke to official reports and dry statistics on the global poor...Boo is one of few chroniclers providing this picture. She’s a moral force  and…an artist of reverberating power.”
--The American Prospect

“Kate Boo’s reporting is a form of kinship. Abdul and Manju and Kalu of Annawadi will not be forgotten. She leads us through their unknown world, her gift of language rising up like a delicate string of necessary lights. There are books that change the way you feel and see; this is one of them. If we receive the fiery spirit from which it was written, it ought to change much more than that.”
—Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, author of Random Family

“I couldn’t put Behind the Beautiful Forevers down even when I wanted to—when the misery, abuse and filth that Boo so elegantly and understatedly describes became almost overwhelming. Her book, situated in a slum on the edge of Mumbai’s international airport, is one of the most powerful indictments of economic inequality I’ve ever read. If Bollywood ever decides to do its own version of The Wire, this would be it.”
—Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed

“A beautiful account, told through real-life stories, of the sorrows and joys, the anxieties and stamina, in the lives of the precarious and powerless in urban India whom a booming country has failed to absorb and integrate. A brilliant book that simultaneously informs, agitates, angers, inspires, and instigates.”
—Amartya Sen, Professor of Economics and Philosophy at Harvard University, winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics

“Without question the best book yet written on contemporary India. Also, the best work of narrative nonfiction I’ve read in twenty-five years.”
—Ramachandra Guha, author of India After Gandhi

“There is a lot to like about this book: the prodigious research that it is built on, distilled so expertly that we hardly notice how much we are being taught; the graceful and vivid prose that never calls attention to itself; and above all, the true and moving renderings of the people of the Mumbai slum called Annawadi. Garbage pickers and petty thieves, victims of gruesome injustice—Ms. Boo draws us into their lives, and they do not let us go. This is a superb book.”
—Tracy Kidder, author of Mountains Beyond Mountains and Strength in What Remains

"It might surprise you how completely enjoyable this book is, as rich and beautifully written as a novel. In the hierarchy of long form reporting, Katherine Boo is right up there.”
—David Sedaris

Produktinformation

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 501 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 290 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 081297932X
  • Verlag: Portobello Books (23. Februar 2012)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00794SUDE
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Word Wise: Aktiviert
  • Verbesserter Schriftsatz: Nicht aktiviert
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.6 von 5 Sternen 11 Kundenrezensionen
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #62.568 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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Über die hitzigen Debatten des Literaturbetriebes um dramaturgische und stilistische Facetten hätte man es fast vergessen: Große Literatur wurzelt nicht zuletzt in Kompetenz. In der Kompetenz für ein Thema, die aus dem persönlichen Erleben und Durchleben eines Themas entspringt.
So fremd sie als weiße Amerikanerin der Lebensrealität eines indischen Slumbezirkes ursprünglich auch gegenüber gestanden ist, Katherine Boo hat eine eindrucksvolle Kompetenz für das Leben im toten Winkel des Aufsteiger-Staates Indien erworben. Indem sie sich für Jahre an Ort und Stelle begeben hat. Indem sie Hunderte Bewohner, Beamte, Betroffene interviewt hat. Sich dem Leben und den - bisweilen kapriziösen, misstrauischen oder einsilbigen - Menschen und dem Leben in Annawadi gestellt hat. Sich zur Exotin, zum Faktotum und schließlich zum Gegenüber gemacht hat. Und am Ende alles in eine mitreißende Geschichte von literarischem Format übersetzt hat. Eine Geschichte, die vor anschaulichen Details und Anekdoten nur so strotzt. Die für das Thema der Armut an der Rändern der kapitalistischen Traum- und Mittelstandswelten Wahrheit beansprucht. Und das nicht nur deshalb, weil die darin erzählten Figuren und Geschehnisse real sind ...
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Like some other readers, I plunged into this book imagining it to be a novel, and indeed, from the quality of the writing - the clear but invigoratingly idiosyncratic prose, the vividness of description, and the deep, often ironic but never damming insights into human motivations and interactions - it could have been.
Instead, it is a portrait, a rich, differentiated and many- levelled one, of a community which really exists - although the concepts of ' community' and even of ' exists' may look rather different, a whole lot more fragile, to fortunate western readers by the time they finish this book.
I will refrain from describing it further, since every reader is entitled to his/ her individual experience, but will only add: I was captivated, saddened, angered, surprised, moved, entertained, and learnt much that was new while reading this unusual and intimate portrait. I recommend it to everyone.
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The narrative non-fiction style did not work for me. I couldn’t relate to any of the characters and gave up half-way through.

One can learn as much about life in an Indian slum by reading novels by Rohinton Mistry, Thrity Umrigar, Aravind Adiga, etc. with the added bonus of enjoying really well-written books.
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Anyone who has read Dominique Lapierre's 1992 book "City of Joy" that tells of living in the hellhole slums of Mother Teresa's Calcutta in the 1970s should read this for a 21st century update from Mumbai. Must be read by anyone with a social conscience. Perhaps also a must read too for anyone without a social conscience. This book might awaken it.
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Gibt es überhaupt eine Chance, ein anständiger Mensch zu bleiben unter widrigsten Umständen? Dieses Buch gibt Hoffnung, weil immer wieder aufgezeigt wird, dass Menschlichkeit auch dort noch möglich ist, wo es die Umstände eigentlich gar nicht mehr gestatten.
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I was stunned by the terrible circumstances people live in in those slums.. Very interesting to read! I had to pause reading for a few weeks in between and it was a little tricky to get back into the story at times but overall a very satisfying book!
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