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Little Bee by Chris Cleave
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Feb 19, 10

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Read in February, 2010

Do not be put off by the publishers blurb on this one. I stumbled across it on WHSmith ebooks web site when looking for reads to take away with me and was intrigued. I started it last night and couldn't put it down, It is rivetting. Horrific in part but giving a poingant portrayal of grief in another. There's a mix of humour in a dark tale, a mix of circumstance and inevitability, a mix of cultures and of life experiences and of age, a mix of people in the wrong place at the wrong time - be it a white subarban couple on a beach in Nigeria amidst the oil war, or a Nigerian refugee released unexpectedly from an immigration detention facility and left standing in the alien English countryside. Some beautiful turns of phrase with some real insights into different perspectives - Little Bee regularly says how she would have to explain Western things and actions to her girlfriends back home in her village eg topless does not mean without an upper body, there's just enough humour to maintain the delicate balance with the horror - Little Bee says Westerners take a dose of horror at a movie just so they know they are not suffering from it - contrast that to her for ever working out ways to kills herself "before the men come", the horror of the scars on killer and maimed, but the beauty of scars because they say you survived.

Intgerestingly enough just today there was an article in the UK's Guardian newspaper about
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