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Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity | Study Guide

Katherine Boo

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Overview

Author

Katherine Boo

Year Published

2012

Type

Nonfiction

Genre

Nonfiction

Perspective and Narrator

This true account, based on the author's interviews of real people and her extensive research, is written in the third person. The author often uses indirect discourse, a style of narration in which a character's—or in this case, an informant's—thoughts are partially mediated by the narrator. The author often uses understatement and sarcasm to inspire indignation in the mind of the reader.

Tense

Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity is written primarily in the past tense.

About the Title

The title is a piece of verbal irony—saying the opposite of what is meant. It refers to a concrete wall on one side of the Annawadi slum. The wall hides the shantytown from the upscale travelers who go in and out of the Sahar International Airport in Mumbai. This wall is plastered with a repeating advertisement of Italianate tile, along with its tagline, "Beautiful Forever." Behind this sign is the less than beautiful poverty of the "slumdwellers."

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