Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Book Review: Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo

Read for the library's non-fiction book club (February 2013 - Crystal Lake Public Library).

     I liked it because it read like a novel and not just a list of facts, and also because it helps you see what life is like by those who live it everyday in the slums of India, right next to the burgeoning wealthier class.  I felt it was a truthful account that tried to lay out how things work and why for some of the poorest people in the world.  It makes you appreciate when you have your water shut off or heat shut off because of lack of money.  This happens to those of us who are underpaid in the U.S. at least a few times a year, but it is a normal part of their lives to never even have it to begin with, so despite our struggles in the U.S., we should definitely appreciate what we have no matter what the circumstances.  I definitely would recommend this book to those interested in contemporary life in India and those who want to appreciate what they have and the meaning of working smart in dire situations.

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