Beautiful Thing

Beautiful Thing

Inside the Secret World of Bombay's Dance Bars

eBook - 2012
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Already published in India to great acclaim and named a Time Out Subcontinental Book of the Year and an Observer Book of the Year, Beautiful Thing is a stunning piece of reportage that offers a rare firsthand glimpse into Bombay's notorious sex industry. Sonia Faleiro was a reporter in search of a story when she met nineteen-year-old Leela, a charismatic exotic dancer with a story to tell. Leela introduced Sonia to the underworld of Bombay's dance bars: a world of glamorous women; of fierce love, sex, and violence; of gangsters, police, prostitutes, and pimps. When an ambitious politician cashed in on a tide of false morality and had Bombay's dance bars wiped out, Leela's proud independence faced its greatest test. In a city where almost everyone is certain that someone, somewhere, is worse off than them, she fights to survive-and to win. Sonia Faleiro has crafted one of the most original works of nonfiction about India in years. Unforgettable for its artistry and intimacy, Beautiful Thing is a vivid portrait of one reporter's journey into the dark, damaged soul of Bombay.
Publisher: [United States] : Canongate U.S. : Made available through hoopla, 2012
ISBN: 9780802194725
0802194729
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital

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uncommonreader
Oct 19, 2013

This book, written by a reporter, is a type of ethnography, exploring the world of dancers in Mumbai. It tells of a young dancer who has a tough life but is without self-pity. The book reflects a repressive society, particularly for women.

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mswendybe
Aug 25, 2012

I wanted to love this book, but I just couldn't. It's non-fiction, but the style is that of a fictional story. The author (a reporter) explores Bombay's sex industry.

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