I'm a country potter, gardener, flute player and tin tinker living with my husband, an electrical engineer & cabinet maker.
I've spent some time in India, China, Peru, Cambodia where pockets of poverty are more than a few blocks long. Poor areas are as different from one another as wealthy areas might be but they all have roots of corruption that intertwine and feed the systems, perpetuating the problems and delaying the solutions. This book is difficult to listen to when one engages the mind in a what if this was me situation.
It is well written and well performed. The situations are ones we should all be aware of.
Well written with convincing characterization of people and place.
My complaint is that the constant emphasis is on the horrors of life for these people.
The unjustness is noted in seemingly ever aspect of life.
Yes we who live in so much better conditions need to know but there is too much of
the "Behind" and not enough of the "Beautiful Forevers".
More subtlety or write a sociological essay.
Nothing. Powerful. Will read at a different time.
Didnt finish the book
Didn't start the book
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.