|Publisher:||Random House Inc|
|Publish Date:||Feb 2012|
|Number of Pages:||256|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||1.3|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||6.5 x 9.5 x 1.25|
|Prologue: between roses|
|the business of burning|
|The Hole She Called a Window|
|a little wildness|
|. Marquee Effect|
|Parrots, Caught and Sold|
|up and out|
|Nine Nights of Dance|
|Black and White|
|A School, a Hospital, a Cricket Field|
This is Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Boo's (The New Yorker) first book. She takes a look at the stark lives of the inhabitants of Annawadi, a slum across from Mumbai's Sahar Airport, to reveal the wrenching inequality and urban poverty still endemic in India's democracy. Using recorded and videotaped conversations, interviews, documents, and the assistance of interlocutors, Boo profiles the lives of some of the slum dwellers from November 2007 to March 2011. There is Abdul, a young adult scavenger with a profitable trade in recyclables.
The one-legged Fatima's home is divided from Abdul's by merely a sheet. Readers follow the treacherous paths of these and other lives. A fateful chain of events leads to a criminal case against Abdul and his family. Boo presents glimpses of the corrupt police who feed on those without political power or education. She claims she witnessed most of the events described in the book.
Verdict: A tour de force, this book is powerful yet far from harrowing. Highly recommended for all collections.
[See Prepub Alert, 8/21/11.] - Ravi Shenoy, Naperville P.L., IL
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