I felt this was a standard good book, good read/listen. I have actually been to Mumbai and the slums so I feel that enhanced the listening experience. Good story though, hopefully it brings some attention to an often forgotten/overlooked demographic in India.
This book has no plot that carries through the book - or at least not a strong enough one to sustain a storyline. There is a plethora of exceedingly depressing characters with few, if any, redeeming characteristics. Life is too short for this type of book for me.
Honestly, I couldn't keep anyone straight - that was part of the problem.
The book jumps in time, which further adds to the confusion for the reader. I don't even know where to begin.
Yes. The book is incredibly enlightening as well as engrossing.
A Fine Balance, the novel by Rohinton Mistry. Only this is all real.
I haven't listen to any other, but he's fantastic on this audiobook.
There are no "tidbits"--everything is important! The most eye-opening parts of the book are about corruption, which is ubiquitous.
Probably. I think at times, it could be kind of dry in the print verson. The narration made it seem more like a novel than nonfiction.
This was one of those books that I had to kind of make myself stick with it. It got somewhat repetative at points, and was a little hard to follow because of all the different names. But it's also a book that has kind of stuck with me, that I keep flashing back to, especially when I see reports about slums in India. I feel like I have more of an empathy for the people.I wish that the author's description of how she was able to write the book was at the beginning, rather than at the end. It was fascinating.
The characters in the book.I'm from India and I was fortunate to have effectively won the "birth lottery". But poverty is all around and just like in the US, there is a tendency of the well off to blame the poor for being poor. The poor are an inconvenience, a blight, a sorry spectacle that mars the vision of a more prosperous India. Books like these humanize them and but for the circumstances of their existence, they are like anyone else with hopes, aspirations, fears, vices, etc. I think the author did an excellent job of describing their lives without judgement or melodrama. This book isn't entertainment, or "poverty porn" along the lines of The Slumdog Millionaire. It is very hard to listen to and very hard to hold back tears as we learn about how hard the characters struggle to get by and get stymied by the very people who are supposed to help them. It made me very angry and very sad. And yet, the fact that the fire of aspiration continues to burn bright and the desire to break free remains supreme fills you with hope for the characters and the country at large.
I am a member of a book club. I sometimes forget why I belong to it because I really like my vampire books. This book is the reason. I would not have read this book if it did not show up on the monthly list. It tell a true story of life in India. The characters are real. You feel for their plight. You hope for them. It is a travesty they live like they do. I now have a better understanding of a place I will never visit. I wish at the end of the book there was a suggestion of how to help or what would help this society as a whole.
Boos ability to edit and weave a coherent, compelling story out of realities she encountered is a laudable feat. That the stories were not invented is nearly devastating; that hope survives in such a situation is encouraging and heartbreaking.
This audiobook offers an extraordinary reading experience!
The images, characters and language of a slum in Mumbai are brilliantly captured by a journalist at the top of her game.
The actor's facility with accents and language and different voices clarified the listening experience and actually enhanced a great book.
This story offers an entirely new perspective to someone who is unfamiliar with India, or desperate, soul killing poverty for that matter. It is terribly sad on one level, but written and read with so much life and power it becomes electrifying, as compelling as a novel.
I had hopes to embrace the human condition and my capacity, but try as I might, I just couldn't bring myself to finish the book. I struggled with this because I work in the field of addictions and see tragedy often enough. But there is no hope other than a bleak existence. It was so depressing.