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Little Bee de Christ Cleave
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Little Bee (edição: 2009)

de Christ Cleave (Autor)

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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.
Membro:sydsavvy
Título:Little Bee
Autores:Christ Cleave (Autor)
Informação:Simon & Schuster (2009), Edition: First Edition, 288 pages
Coleções:Sua biblioteca
Avaliação:*****
Etiquetas:Nenhum(a)

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The Other Hand de Chris Cleave

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adult fiction. the stories of two women magically unfold--I'm not supposed to tell you what happens, but it's very moving. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
The first half of the book felt like a big long tease toward this "really bad event", and it was a long boring tease that offered up nothing other than the tease.

The event was pretty awful, however by the time the reader finds out what has happened, the style of book has been established, and it just continues being really boring.

The author is neither a Nigerian girl, nor a British women, and it is obvious. The characters are really cardboard (which doesn't make sense, given they both have horrific traumatising pasts that should affect them).

When the woman ponders that her husband is still "thinking about what happened on the beach" a mere two years later, I have to imagine that the author has never suffered a traumatic event in his life. ( )
  alsocass | Jun 19, 2021 |
I wish the publisher hadn't worked so hard to generate buzz about the way in which the story is assembled (which isn't novel in the least), because, really, this moving and important story can stand on its own. In effect, I found myself waiting for some electric twist or epiphany until the last page. Perhaps if I had never read a book (or watched a movie) before, it would have had the intimated impact. But, again, the story and its overarching messages of how we can provide hope for future generations in the context of our growing globalization is a solid effort. Not my usual read, but I'm thankful for an upcoming book club for bringing it to my attention. ( )
  chrisvia | Apr 29, 2021 |
4.5*
I fell in love with the characters of this story and the naivety of each as they were taken out of their elements. From the beginning I wanted to know what had happened that linked Sarah and Little Bee together and so while this book happened to be a little slow and more about the character development, I was drawn into the story and wanted to stick with it to the end. The only thing that fell a little short for me was the metaphorical way in which Little Bee sometimes spoke/thought which took me out of the story. This is an important story with a glimpse into what life is like for refugees and I'm so glad that I read it and experienced it. ( )
  courty4189 | Mar 24, 2021 |
I don't know why this was a bestseller. ( )
  arsmith1994 | Mar 3, 2021 |
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While the pretext of “Little Bee” initially seems contrived — two strangers, a British woman and a Nigerian girl, meet on a lonely African beach and become inextricably bound through the horror imprinted on their encounter — its impact is hardly shallow. Rather than focusing on postcolonial guilt or African angst, Cleave uses his emotionally charged narrative to challenge his readers’ conceptions of civility, of ethical choice.
adicionado por Nickelini | editarNew York Times, Caroline Elkins (May 15, 2009)
 
"Little Bee" leaves little doubt that Cleave deserves the praise. He has carved two indelible characters whose choices in even the most straitened circumstances permit them dignity -- if they are willing to sacrifice for it. "Little Bee" is the best kind of political novel: You're almost entirely unaware of its politics because the book doesn't deal in abstractions but in human beings.
adicionado por VivienneR | editarThe Washington Post, Sarah L Courteau (Feb 25, 2009)
 
"Little Bee" is the best kind of political novel: You're almost entirely unaware of its politics because the book doesn't deal in abstractions but in human beings.
adicionado por mikeg2 | editarThe Washington Post, Sarah L Courteau (Feb 25, 2009)
 
Book clubs in search of the next "Kite Runner" need look no further than this astonishing, flawless novel about what happens when ordinary, mundane Western lives are thrown into stark contrast against the terrifying realities of war-torn Africa.
adicionado por Shortride | editarLibrary Journal, Christine Perkins (Jan 15, 2009)
 
Cleave has a sharp cinematic eye, but the plot is undermined by weak motivations and coincidences.
adicionado por Shortride | editarPublishers Weekly (Nov 10, 2008)
 

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Britain is proud of its tradition of providing a safe haven for people fleeting [sic] persecution and conflict. - From Life in the United Kingdom: A Journey to Citizenship (UK Home Office, 2005)
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(Little Bee, p.13/14:) "...and I ask you right here please to agree with me that a scar is never ugly. That's what the scar makers want us to think. But you and I, we must make an agreement to defy them. We must see all scars as beauty (...) Because take it from me, a scar does not form on the dying. A scar means, "I survived".
Through the lobby of the Home Office building, the public sector shuffled past in its scuffed shoes, balancing its morning coffee on cardboard carry trays. The women bulged out of M&S trouser suits, wattles wobbling and bangles clacking. The men seemed limp and hypoxic--half-garroted by their ties. Everyone stooped, or scuttled, or nervously ticked. They carried themselves like weather presenters preparing to lower expectations for the bank-holiday weekend.
We knew what we had: we had nothing. Your world and our world had come to this understanding. Even the missionaries had boarded up their mission. They left us with the holy books that were not worth the expense of shipping back to your country. In our village our only Bible had all of its pages missing after the forty-sixth verse of the twenty-seventh chapter of Matthew, so that the end of our religion, as far as any of us knew, was My God, my god, why hast thous forsaken me? We understood that this was the end of the story. That is how we lived, happily and without hope. I was very young then, and I did not miss having a future because I did not know I was entitled to one.
Compromise, eh? Isn't it sad, growing up? You start off like my Charlie. You start off thinking you can kill all the baddies and save the world. Then you get a little bit older, maybe Little Bee's age, and you realize that some of the world's badness is inside you, that maybe you're a part of it. And then you get a little bit older still, and a bit more comfortable, and you start wondering whether that badness you've seen in yourself is really all that bad at all. You start talking about ten percent.
There were people in that crowd, and strolling along the walkway, from all of the different colors and nationalities of the earth. There were more races even than I recognized from the detention center. I stood with my back against the railings and my mouth open and I watched them walking past, more and more of them. And then I realized it. I said to myself, Little Bee, there is no them. This endless procession of people, walking along beside this great river, these people are you.
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