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In the book Behind the Beautiful Forevers Katherine Boo brings her audience to a front row seat of the life many slum dwellers suffer from in the Indian city of Mumbai She is able to represent the theme of the amount of struggle it can be to keep hope while being stuck in poverty Katherine Boo is able to depict this theme to her audience through many tragic life events that many would take for granted not having to suffer from These events include police beatings with no justice political bribery unsanitary hospital care and many others One of the most impressive things about Katherine Boos book is the first person journalist account she delivers to her audience This allows for a non-filtered pure take on what is happening in India today Katherine Boos Behind the Beautiful Forevers is a nonfiction first person account of the lives of a few slum dwellers that live in what is called the Annawadi Slum of the Indian city Mumbai Boo focuses her work on the lives of the Husain Family who are Muslim The Husains are a family of 11 The father is sick with Tuberculosis and the eldest son Abdul collects trash that can be recycled for money The family begins saving money in an effort to buy land outside of the slum but disaster strikes when a neighbor lies of being beaten and set on fire by the family The father Karam is arrested along with his eldest daughter Kehkashan and his son Abdul The neighbor of the Husains dies in the unsanitary hospital of infection and they are blamed for her death By the end of the book the Husains are found not guilty though Abduls trial is still left open being stalled The Husains suffer many hardships as they wait for their verdict that will decide their future Boo also focuses on a local teacher who prospers to become a politician Asha is the
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