Title: Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
Author: Katherine Boo
Publisher: Random House
Date of Publication: February 7th, 2012
Synopsis: (from Goodreads)
I read this as part of the Nerdfighteria book club. Interestingly, I had already bought the ebook of Behind the Beautiful Forevers at some point, probably because someone recommended I read it. I couldn't resist when the vlogbrothers chose this as the book to read, could I?
What can I say? It really sucked me in. I was immediately captured by the life-like characters... which could be because these characters are actual people. It's a work of non-fiction, even though it reads like a novel. I kept forgetting that these were actual people I was reading about. And sometimes I wasn't sure if that was a good thing, which is why this book gets four stars from me. I felt like it should be more obvious that these are lives we are reading about, not... plots. It made me feel very surreal at times.
I'm also not quite sure if I liked the ending. It felt a little cut-off. Maybe Boo didn't want to continue researching, or her sources quit... or maybe it was supposed to be like this, which I hope isn't true. I would have liked a little bit more closure, for myself as well as for the people about whom Boo wrote this book.Rating