WE DON'T WANT TO TELL YOU TOO MUCH ABOUT THIS BOOK.
It is a truly special story and we don'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 doesn't.
And it's what happens afterward that is most important.
Once you have read it, you'll want to tell everyone about it. When you do, please don't tell them what happens either. The magic is in how it unfolds.
A violent incident on a Nigerian beach has tragic echoes in posh London in Cleave's beautifully staged if haphazardly plotted debut novel. British couple Andrew O'Rourke and his wife, Sarah, are on vacation when they come across two sisters, Little Bee and Nkiruka, on the run from the killers who have massacred everyone else in their village-in the pay, it turns out, of an oil company seeking the land. Soon the killers arrive and propose a not-quite-credible deal: they will trade the girls if Andrew and Sarah each cut off a finger. Andrew can't do it, but Sarah does, and the killers drag the girls away. So two years later, when Little Bee shows up at Sarah's house on the day of the funeral for Andrew, who has killed himself, it seems almost miraculous. Later, however, it's revealed that Little Bee has been hiding around the O'Rourke place, and that Andrew seeing her set off his suicide. Sarah nevertheless determines to help Little Bee get refugee status. Cleave has a sharp cinematic eye, but the plot is undermined by weak motivations and coincidences. (Feb.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
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1 . No Connection (not about Bees of course)
Posted November 01, 2010 by Debbie , SacramentoWell done, serious subjects. The characters make an unlikely friendship based on some very serious situations. If you are interested in what's happening in Africa, you need to read this story. If you are not ready to face reality, don't buy the book.
I enjoyed living through the character's experience of learning about a new and "privledged" society (compared to what she was used to). I'm glad I read it, but if I had known how serious the subject was, I don't know if I would have chosen this book. This book will give you several moments to pause and think about your own freedom to be a woman without worrying about your safety, security and choices in life. I wish Little Bee and all like her all the best!
2 . Good Little Bee
Posted October 13, 2010 by Dixie Reader , MariettaWorth the read if only to be reminded of the violence in other parts of the world that are unfortunately, part of life. Also a timely lesson in tolerance towards immigrants and the difficulties of being illegal. Sweetest part was how Little Bee came up with her new name.
3 . I enjoyed the book overall
Posted August 09, 2010 by Ellen , San DiegoI thought this book was good but not great. It came highly recommended to me and I was told the beach scenes were difficult to read but worth it. Maybe I'm getting jaded but, while they weren't pleasant, they also weren't that horible. I thought the book touched on some issues but didn't really go into enough detail. But all in all I enjoyed it and would recommend reading it.
4 . Intresting
Posted August 07, 2010 by Lacee , La MesaThis book was good, but as the other review said hard to read. The author writes in a manner that can "see" everything, "smell" everything. I was moved but what the characters when through. But I also thought that the secret that is hinted at was disapointing. When I was done reading at it, I looked at the book and said "Reall? Thats it??"
5 . could not put down
Posted June 15, 2010 by ldev , fargoThis book was not easy to read, but it was impossible to put down. Incredibly well written, a story that may have changed my thoughts about certain things. I recommend this to people who "enjoy" or are ready to read about difficult subjects. This is definitely not a light read, but is exactly the type of book I love because I feel like I've learned and changed because of it.
Simon & Schuster
February 09, 2009
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