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Behing the Beautiful Forevers

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Elisabeth Lee

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Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo Summary A Presentation by: Bree, Bridget, Elisabeth, Emily and Anthony Nonfiction account of a slum (Annawadi) in Mumbai

"It is truth, not fiction. What she has written is what I am."


- Born August 12th 1964

-staff writer for NYTimes, former editor/reporter for the Washington Post

-Pulitzer Prize, a MacArthur “Genius” grant, and a National Magazine Award for Feature Writing

-reports/writes about poverty, visited Annawadi

-husband from India
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION Sunil:garbage picker,"grew up too fast"
Abdul:garbage picker, idealistic
Manju:educated, rebellious "'college graduate, not dependent on any man'"
Asha:leader in the slum, power-hungry "a chit in a national game of make-believe"
Zehrunisa:Abdul's mother
Fatima:"One Leg", self-esteem issues over disability, "she craved respect and attention" CHAracters -why their voices are significant THE US and foreign aid Corruption in Good Intentions CONNECTIONS Between Behind the Beautiful Forevers And... THE GREAT GATSBY INVISIBLE MAN WORKS CITED Boo, Katherine. Behind the Beautiful Forevers. New York: Random House, 2012. Print.

crITERIA FOR BOOKSHELF Great novels must explore human flaws yet still present them with the possibility of human perfectibility.

A great novel deliberately applies style and voice to enhance the meaning of the novel and better advance the point of view portrayed in the novel.

Great novels reveal problems in society through a unique yet relateable story. Ideal Bookshelf Corruption The counterstory: The slum-dwellers perspective Societal Divide “He knew why he and the other children received ice cream only when newspaper photographers came to visit, and why food and clothing donated for the children got furtively resold outside the orphanage gate” (Boo 33). “She should have paid Asha to calm Fatima down, that day at the police station. She should have paid the special executive officer who claimed to control the witness statements. She should have kept silent about paying Thokale to stop the beatings and postpone her daughter’s arrest” (Boo 121).
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