British couple Andrew and Sarah O'Rourke, vacationing on a Nigerian beach in a last-ditch effort to save their faltering marriage, come across Little Bee and her sister, Nigerian refugees fleeing from machete-wielding soldiers intent on clearing the beach. The horrific confrontation that follows changes the lives of everyone involved in unimaginable ways.
Two years later, L...more
More lists with this book...
I also pretty fundamentally disagreed with the assertion that "it's hilarious - although the scene on the African beach is horrific".
This is not a 'hilarious' book - it is one of the most challenging reads I have had this year. It tells the de...more
Years before this book opens, the lives of Sarah and Little Bee violently collided on a beach in Nigeria, and when sheer determination and courage bring them back together again every secret of their hearts is unfolded before our eyes.
I found myself reading and rer...more
I also would disagree with the back cover's claim that the book is "often hilarious." This book is anything but hilarious. While there are indeed moments of light reprieve through Little Bee's wit...more
That’s sort of how I feel about this book.
It's the story of two women and how their lives converge. Little Bee is a 16-year-old Nigerian refugee who has seen her entire village and family brutally murdered. Sarah is a 30-something suburbanite juggling career and family. The two women met once on a be...more
If this book had just been about the relationship of two women who share a horrible event in their history,...more
It's the story of Little Bee, a teenage refugee from Nigeria, and Sarah O'Rourke a British magazine editor. Horror makes their worlds collide and...more
And I am sooo going to enjoy hand-selling people this book in my shop. I will have so many hap...more
I've decided to give it 2 1/2, because it was pretty good - and that's how I'm rating it. Not in the sense that "I liked it" as much as in the sense that "It was pretty good".
Overall, I liked the chapters that were narrated by Little Bee better than the chapters narrated by Sarah. Little Bee seemed more real - her chapters had humor and pathos - were touching and heart-breaking and funny.
I liked when she descri...more
I had never heard of this book before I was told I was being forced to read it, and I had no idea it was...more
Little Bee is a very sad story, but she has such beauty that her story is well worth reading.
*Northern Lights, by Philip Pullman = The Golden Compass.
*Harry Potter and Philosopher's Stone, by J.K. Rowling = Har...more
The central characters were interesting and well written and despite the heavy themes, the book was quite humorous at times. I liked that the connections between characters were complex - not just simple stereotypes of 'supportive best friend' 'emotionally...more
The chapters alternate between Little Bee, a Nigerian refugee, and Sarah, an English suburban mom. They are drawn together under extraordinary circumstances, and I found myself regularly surprised by the turn of events. I didn't know how things were goin...more
1)Make you laugh hysterically.
2)Disturb you mightily.
3)Make you think A LOT.
4)Make you examine your conscience,(provided you actually have one to examine). Especially with regard to immigration issues and the tendency of wealthier nations to throw money at every problem in the hopes of making it go away.
This book MAY:
2)Make you angry.
4)Make you cry.
The basic story involves the relationship that develops between Little Bee, a Nigerian refugee girl, and Sa...more
I found the characters rather hard to empathise with, which is perhaps the reason that I wasn't as moved by the story as I thought I should be. Overall, I think this book dealt with the issue of refuges in modern-day England effectively and sensitively, but that's as far as it goe...more
I enjoyed Little Bee. The scenes from...more
Sometimes when I finish a book I'm grateful that I read it because it touches my heart. This is one of those books. The story serves as a reminder of the cruelty and unfairness of war, but also how it is possible to rise above it.
The only negative about this book w...more
I can't figure out why Chris Cleave created so many beautifully written passages and then with the same keystrokes inserted such a horribly rendered and completely unnecessary character as Laurence into his story. I felt this juxtaposition of brilliantly imagined and horribly depicted (and or completely unbelievable) wove its way through the entire novel. I wonder if some of what I thought was ridiculous...more
In my opinion, t...more
After that, the story gets pretty heavy. That's not a problem, but it struck me as a uncomfortably incongruous with the cutesy publisher's note on the front book jacket flap. It's got a coy little tone with some stylized all-caps, teasing about spoiling for the story for us, the readers, who are about to go on a magnificent ad...more
This book is quite good. It's not brilliant. It doesn't deserve the mega hype, nor the publishers' desperate pleas to...more
My main issue is that the characters seemed to be not real, but metaphors for problems in society and I feel like the end message was that the problems facing refugees and aslyees are bigger than the average citizen and it isn't worth it to get involved -- we cannot change the country dynamics and the bureacracy challenge...more
|Sarah or Andrew?||12||160||Nov 01, 2013 07:40PM|
|The Too Busy Book...: Woodruff Random Readers||3||6||Oct 14, 2013 01:09PM|
|Goodreads Librari...: Correct Swedish description||3||13||Oct 06, 2013 07:50AM|
|Reading Between t...: Book 8-Little Bee||5||5||Sep 22, 2013 08:43PM|
|Little Bee: The Ending (warning - spoilers)||43||1127||Jul 08, 2013 03:32PM|