Beautiful Thing: Inside the Secret World of Bombay's Dance Bars

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Black Cat, 2010 - Social Science - 225 pages
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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.

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User Review  - gayla.bassham - LibraryThing

This is an interesting character portrait, and it does feed my India fetish, but the setup felt too long and repetitive. Might have worked better as a Kindle Single than as a whole book. Still worth reading if you are as obsessed with India as I am. Read full review

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User Review  - kraaivrouw - LibraryThing

Beautiful Thing is a fascinating read, opening a window into a world I suspect most of us never knew about, much less imagined.  The women of Bombay's dance bars sell themselves in every way ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Sonia Faleiro is the author of the novel, The Girl (Viking, 2006), and is a contributing editor at Vogue. She was born in Goa, studied in Edinburgh, and lives in San Francisco.

Visit her website at soniafaleiro.com

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