pure, astonishing reportage of makeshift life in an Indian slum
remember the title of katherine boo's new book, 'behind the beautiful forevers: life, death, and hope in a mumbai undercity, because you will see it on lists for the next round of very important literary prizes.
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after hearing the author interviewed about this book, and reading a number of reviews, i think this book is journalism in one of its best, purest forms. the topic, poverty, the country, india, the focus, the humanity are so significant for all of us that the book would appear to transcend the journalism we usually see and review.