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Chris Cleave

Autor(a) de The Other Hand

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About the Author

Chris Cleave is a columnist for The Guardian newspaper in London. His first novel, Incendiary, won the 2006 Somerset Maugham Award, was shortlisted for the 2006 Commonwealth Writers' Prize, won the United States Book-of-the-Month Club's First Fiction Award, and won the Prix Special du Jury at the mostrar mais French Prix des Lecteurs 2007. His second novel, Little Bee, was shortlisted for the prestigious Costa Award for Best Novel. His third novel, Gold, was published in 2012. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos

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Refugee Tales (2016) — Contribuinte — 37 cópias
A Love Letter to Europe: An Outpouring of Sadness and Hope (2019) — Contribuinte — 5 cópias


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I really really enjoyed this book & found myself captivated until nearly the end. The end was the problem though, I felt the author wrapped up the story too quickly, I wanted more from it. The rest of the book was so well written I guess I was expecting more.
jenkies720 | outras 528 resenhas | Jun 7, 2024 |
Well, I just had to see for myself what all the buzz was about. As the Book Club Coordinator at RJ Julia, I recommend this book all the time, simply based on what I've heard; I knew there was a lot of fodder for discussion, I knew there was a horrific act that sets off a chain of events that changes the lives of the main characters forever. But I decided to finally dust off the advanced copy that had been sitting on my shelf for months and read it for myself. And I am SO glad I did!
Little Bee is the story of a young Nigerian refugee who fled her home after bearing witness to the destruction and and devastation of her village, and the murder of her friends and family, all in the name of oil. On a beach in Nigeria, she met Sarah and Andrew, an English couple on holiday. I won't say what happened during this encounter (respecting the request of the author to let YOU find out for yourself), but I will say that it forever changes all of their lives. When Little Bee lands in England two years later, she knows no one, and has nothing but Andrew's driver's license with his address. Andrew and Sarah are shocked, to say the least, when this ghost from their past shows up on their doorstep. But the horrific event in their shared past binds them together with such ferocity that they cannot turn her away.
Chris Cleave is a brilliant writer, weaving his tale by seamlessly shifting the narration between Little Bee and Sarah. The jacket claims ..."the magic is in how the story unfolds." It really is true; Little Bee is a page turner, and I finished it in two days because I didn't want to put it down. The writing is beautiful and lyrical, the story is haunting and terrifying, the result is moving and lasting.
I recommend it for book clubs, and for anyone who enjoys great writing and can endure a difficult and painful, if beautiful, tale.
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kdegour23 | outras 528 resenhas | May 29, 2024 |
Just when one thinks that there cannot possibly be a new angle with which to explore World War II, an author pens a book that has readers discovering all over again why this time period is the inspiration for so many meaningful books.

Chris Cleave, author of the eye-opening [b:Little Bee|6948436|Little Bee|Chris Cleave|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1344401905s/6948436.jpg|4126074] (if you haven't read this one, do yourself a favor and add it to your TBR list today), gives us a view of the Second World War in London and Malta through the eyes of Mary and her friend Hilda (socialites who want to make a difference on the home front), Tom (a teacher and Mary's romantic interest), and Alastair (Tom's roommate who is sent to fight in Malta).

This novel's uniqueness lies not in the descriptions of the London Blitz, or the horrors of war -- though Cleave deftly handles these. The novel's beauty, for me at least, is the way Cleave used the character Mary to tell the story of the children of London who weren't sent away from the city to the country for safety -- and the uncomfortable truth of a Britain fighting against Hitler's idea of a "master race" while being unable to come to grips with their own society's views on class and race.

Thank you to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster for a galley of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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jj24 | outras 83 resenhas | May 27, 2024 |
Powerful in spots, dull in spots, hopeful in spots, disappointing in spots.
Abcdarian | outras 528 resenhas | May 18, 2024 |



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