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Little Bee


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ISBN13: 9781416589631
ISBN10: 1416589635
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wyotoor, January 12, 2010 (view all comments by wyotoor)
Chris Cleave has created a masterpiece. Finely drawing vastly different characters and pulling the reader into the characters' lives, worlds, and inner worlds. The story is contemporary, compelling, action-packed and you won't escape holding the mirror up to your face and examining a bit of your collected world views.

Amazing book about an undocumented, traumatized immigrant and several PC Brits confronting core beliefs and reality.
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wyotoor, January 12, 2010 (view all comments by wyotoor)
Chris Cleave has created a masterpiece. Finely drawing vastly different characters and pulling the reader into the characters' lives, worlds, and inner worlds. The story is contemporary, compelling, action-packed and you won't escape holding the mirror up to your face and examining a bit of your collected world views.

Amazing book about an undocumented, traumatized immigrant and several PC Brits confronting core beliefs and reality.
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cariola119, November 29, 2009 (view all comments by cariola119)
It was hard to know just what to expect of this book. It's one of those that tells you on the jacket that you are in for a lot of surprises, we don't want to spoil it by telling you much, and please don't give anything away. For the life of me, I'm not sure I understand why there needed to be all this mystery. It's the story of a young Nigerian woman who, at the beginning of the novel, has been "unofficially" released from a detention center in England. Among her few belongings are the driver's license and business card of Andrew Rourke, a reporter that she tells us she had met on a beach in Nigeria several years earlier. She makes her way to his home, and the story becomes one told alternately by Little Bee and Rourke's wife, Sarah.

So I won't really give away any more. We learn what has happened to Little Bee in Nigeria, how Sarah and her husband first came to be involved with her, and how Little Bee becomes a part of the llife of Sarah and her four-year old son, Charlie (otherwise known as Batman for the costume he literally lives in). And it becomes, in the end, a story of redemption, sacrifice, and understanding. Cleave has a charmingly lyrical style that particularly suits his central character.
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Suzanne Levin, July 9, 2009 (view all comments by Suzanne Levin)
I just finished reading Little Bee by Chris Cleave and feel a small loss for words about what to write. The publishers took a big risk with the promos for this book, they didn't really tell the reader what it was all about - "We don't want to tell you what happens in this book...nevertheless, you need to know enough to buy it" and so they give you a little tidbit about it being "the story of two women whose lives collide one fateful day", but it is so much more than that. First we meet Little Bee and simply fall in love. She is so innocent, but quite insightful. " I wish I was a British pound coin instead of a African girl. Everyone would be pleased to see me coming." Little Bee is a 16 year old Nigerian refugee surviving in a UK immigration detention center. How she came to be in the immigration center is part of the story, as well as how she meets Sarah & Andrew O'Rourke, a young affluent couple from England who were "on Holiday" in Nigeria, very naive to the violence that was raging in the area. Leading up to the tale of violence that links Sarah and Little Bee on that Nigerian beach, we meet a cast of characters from the detention center that will make you laugh and cry at the same time. And it opens your eyes just a bit because you begin to realize that even though this is a fictional book, these detention centers really exist and so do some of the horrors you are reading about. The writing is captivating - and we are drawn into Little Bee's world. We realize how Little Bee is not so different from Sarah. The book is written through both Little Bee and Sarah's voice and towards the end I began forgetting who's voice was speaking to me. The story does not stop at the detention center, and as if their lives were bound by something untouchable on that fateful day, Sarah and Little Bee meet again... I really enjoyed this book! The writing and characters will touch your heart! Make this one of your next reads!
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Denise Morland, February 18, 2009 (view all comments by Denise Morland)
Little Bee by Chris Cleave is the story of what happens when the lives of Sarah, a British magazine editor and Little Bee, a Nigerian teenager collide. The resulting conflict is spectacular and stunning. This is an eye-opening , devastating book told from the perspectives of these two very different women, neither of whom can turn a blind eye to the tragedies taking place around them.

This was a hard book for me to read. The jacket blurb in no way prepares you for what is coming and the story, though it leaves you with some hope, is ultimately very sad. However, this is a book that you need to read, if only to be more aware of what is happening in other parts of the world and how little we are doing to stop these tragedies. Maybe this book will persuade more people to follow Sarah's example and refuse to turn a blind eye.
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Cleave, Chris
Simon & Schuster
Vaillant, John
Young women
Emigration and immigration
Identity (psychology)
Literature-A to Z
Little Bee, Chris Cleave, London, Africa, immigrant, novel, fiction, hero s journey, women, contemporary, love story, marriage, relationships, darfur, genocide, diamond mines, blood diamonds, xenocide, massacre, sacrifice, tragedy, hope
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rough front
9 x 6 in 1 lb

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Product details 288 pages Simon & Schuster - English 9781416589631 Reviews:
"Review A Day" by , "Little Bee deserves a warning label: 'Do not judge this book by its cover. Contents under pressure.' Despite the cutesy title (the book was more sensibly published in Britain as The Other Hand) and the coy book-flap description ('It is a truly special story and we don't want to spoil it'), Little Bee will blow you away." (read the entire Washington Post Book World review)
"Review" by , "Book clubs in search of the next Kite Runner need look no further than this astonishing, flawless novel....A tension-filled dramatic ending and plenty of moral dilemmas add up to a satisfying, emotional read. Highly recommended."
"Review" by , "Cleave is a nerves-of-steel storyteller of stealthy power, and this is a novel as resplendent and menacing as life itself."
"Review" by , "Cleave's narrative pulses with portentous, nearly spectral energy, and the author maintains a well-modulated balance between the two narrators. A solid sophomore effort, and hopefully a sign of even better things to come."
"Review" by , "An ambitious and fearless gallop from the jungles of Africa via a shocking encounter on a Nigerian beach to the media offices of London and domesticity in leafy suburbia....Cleave immerses the reader in the worlds of his characters with an unshakable confidence."
"Review" by , "The voice that speaks from the first page of Chris Cleave's Little Bee is one you might never have heard — the voice of a smart, wary, heartsick immigrant scarred by the terrors of her past....Read this urgent and wryly funny novel for its insights into simple humanity, the force that can disarm fear."
"Review" by , "Suffice it to say that this novel takes as its starting point unspeakable violence, but that it is accessible and humane, rich and rewarding. The plotting is masterful, the characters unforgettable. And while it is utterly topical, it turns on timeless questions of freedom, guilt and responsibility and, finally, what it means to be human."
"Synopsis" by , From the author of the international bestseller Incendiary comes a haunting novel about the tenuous friendship that blooms between two disparate strangers — one an illegal Nigerian refugee, the other a recent widow from suburban London.
"Synopsis" by , An unforgettable, page-turning survival story recounted by Hector, a man trapped—perhaps fatally—inside a tanker truck during an illegal border crossing, telling of his hopes for rescue, the joys and trials of his life, and what has brought us all to this moment
"Synopsis" by ,
From the best-selling author of The Tiger and The Golden Spruce, this debut novel is a gripping survival story of a young man trapped, perhaps fatally, during a border crossing.

Héctor is trapped. The water truck, sealed to hide its human cargo, has broken down. The coyotes have taken all the passengers’ money for a mechanic and have not returned. Those left behind have no choice but to wait.

Héctor finds a name in his friend César’s phone. AnniMac. A name with an American number. He must reach her, both for rescue and to pass along the message César has come so far to deliver. But are his messages going through?

Over four days, as water and food run low, Héctor tells how he came to this desperate place. His story takes us from Oaxaca — its rich culture, its rapid change — to the dangers of the border. It exposes the tangled ties between Mexico and El Norte — land of promise and opportunity, homewrecker and unreliable friend. And it reminds us of the power of storytelling and the power of hope, as Héctor fights to ensure his message makes it out of the truck and into the world.

Both an outstanding suspense novel and an arresting window into the relationship between two great cultures, The Jaguar’s Children shows how deeply interconnected all of us, always, are.

"Synopsis" by , The lives of a sixteen-year-old Nigerian orphan and a well-off British woman collide in this page-turning #1 andlt;Iandgt;New York Times andlt;/Iandgt;bestseller and book club favorite from Chris Cleave.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;We donand#8217;t want to tell you too much about this book. It is a truly special story and we donand#8217;t want to spoil it. Nevertheless, you need to know something, so we will just say this: It is extremely funny, but the African beach scene is horrific. The story starts there, but the book doesnand#8217;t. And itand#8217;s what happens afterward that is most important. Once you have read it, youand#8217;ll want to tell everyone about it. When you do, please donand#8217;t tell them what happens either. The magic is in how it unfolds.
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