After studying in Jaipur India for 2 months in 2014, I had many thoughts about the terrible conditions and squashed potential for many impoverished Indians. After listening to this book on audible and purchasing a soft back from Amazon as well, I can say that Katherine Boo puts in words many of the thoughts I had while abroad. This is a must read, as it gives insight on what life is like on the other side, for those who do not have the opportunity to read and write.
I like to listen to good scientific books, lots of non-fiction, and the occasional mystery or historical fiction.
I loved the story. At times I found it difficult to follow all of the different people and personalities within the story. I think that if the reader could have had more variations in his voice it would have improved the flow and the understanding of individuals in the book. Aside from that I found it to be moving. I am motivated to improve impoverished nation's because of my job, but this book made me wish that I could share those experiences that were the most demanding of their fortitude with them.
I had to read this book for an Anth class in college. At first I dreaded having to read yet another pretentious, overly scholarly book for school. My opinion quickly changed.
This book puts poverty into prospective for those of us that have never witnessed it first hand. I makes you appreciate what you have, no matter how much you have.
New to audiobooks and wonder what took me so long to discover them!! Work on a PC all day so listening with my eyes closed is great!
It was amazing to listen to - with the diversity of the names and places, listening was much more enjoyable than reading would have been.
This story opens some misunderstandings of westerners believing at India as the paradise of Yoguis and spiritual people. The corruption, the exploit of the less favoured by the system, the ingenuity and naivety of poor children, makes feel sick of some human beings. The worst, it happens elsewhere, at many latinamerican countries, it will be no difference. A great book. A pity it is not widely read and translated to other idioms.
The narrator transports you and really brings the story to life. It cannot always rescue the story that feels sometimes fragmented and herky-jerky, although at bottom it is a tragic reflection of reality.
Reports on a world few would want to experience yet is gripping and fascinating in its investigation. This is as much a mapping of human nature as a summary of a modern city. Will lend a cogent understanding to the machinations of Indian poverty and city life. Do not miss author's explanation.