How’s it going with Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo? I find myself wanting to wander the streets of Annawadi and talk with folks.
This stuck out to me from the end of chapter 3:
“Abdul seemed relieved at this choice, though Sunil could never read all of what that old man of a boy was thin king. Kalu didn’t press him either, which was good, because Sunil wasn’t sure that his reasoning would make sense to anyone else. It had something to do with the fact that, on the most profitable day of his life, he’d failed to reach the state of exhilaration that other boys called ‘the full enjoy.’ The strangled she-dog had been only part of it. He sometimes said of being a scavenger, ‘I don’t like myself, doing this work. It’s like being an insult.’ He thought he might like himself even less, being a thief.”
Have you had a profitable experience only to find out it wasn’t quite what you thought it would be? Or that it might be leading to down a path where you didn’t like who you were becoming?
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 full book at the end of July.
Happy reading! Amy
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