How’s it going with Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo? I cant’ wait for next week to talk about the book, but until then, this stuck out to me from chapter 11:
“Sunil turned and walked home, past the immense piling of the elevated expressway being constructed in the middle of Airport Road, past a line of signs GVK had planted that said WE CARE WE CARE WE CARE, past the long wall advertising floor tiles that stay beautiful forever He felt small and sad and useless. Who had done such a thing to his friend? But the fog of shock and grief didn’t fully obscure his understanding of the social hierarchy in which he lived. To Annawadi boys, Kalu had been a star. To the authorities of the overcity, he was a nuisance case to be dispensed with. “
Oh the social hierarchies. I’d imagine you’ve felt the similar tensions to me. Gratitude for the privileges I have, guilt over the same privileges, frustration at systems I can’t influence (and truth be told, can’t fully understand either). What are some of the social hierarchy situations where you live? Are they always overt? How do your local friends respond to them?
If you feel led, write a prayer for your city/context (if you don’t want to say where you are, that’s OK!).
Because this takes place in a community, it might be easy to get lost in all of the names. But have no fear! Wikipedia has a helpful list and brief description of people mentioned in the book. It might be helpful to print it out (or at least know you can refer to it!).
We’ll discuss the entire book next week.
Happy reading! Amy
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