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The Beekeeper of Aleppo

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  12,850 ratings  ·  1,914 reviews
The unforgettable love story of a mother blinded by loss and her husband who insists on their survival as they undertake the Syrian refugee trail to Europe.

Nuri is a beekeeper; his wife, Afra, an artist. They live a simple life, rich in family and friends, in the beautiful Syrian city of Aleppo--until the unthinkable happens. When all they care for is destroyed by war,
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Hardcover, 317 pages
Published August 27th 2019 by Ballantine Books (first published May 2nd 2019)
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Ricardo Ribeiro Not much and definitely no technicalities at all. It's the author passion as well as his cousin's. It comes associated with his memories of harmony,…moreNot much and definitely no technicalities at all. It's the author passion as well as his cousin's. It comes associated with his memories of harmony, of the happy times, of Aleppo before the war. So bees and beekeeping come associated with peace.(less)
Julia There are lot of e-mail exchanges that are dated early 2016 between the protagonist and his cousin.

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Maureen
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Refugees didnt just escape a place. They had to escape a thousand memories until theyd put enough time and distance between them and their misery, to wake to a better day.
Nadia Hashimi, When the Moon is Low

Nuri was a beekeeper in Aleppo, Syria, his wife Afra an artist - of course this was before the war that was to tear their lives apart, and in which they suffered the most unbearable loss. In addition, this loss left Afra blind. Prior to the war, theyd lived a simple but happy life among
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Angela M
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing

After I finished reading this, I almost wasnt going to write a full review, but just say that its a heartbreaking, realistic rendering of the refugee experience, of people struggling to make it to a country that would provide asylum from a place where they have endured incredible loss and face imminent danger. In spite of the heartache, its a beautifully written story and I highly recommend it. Thats all I was going to say because I thought the book was so powerful, it would speak for itself.
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
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I didnt wrongly type those dots. Im speechless and still trying to gather the broken pieces of my heart but when i glue the crumbled pieces, my heart will consist of mismatched puzzle pieces because this book already stole a huge piece of me that could be never ever replace!

Afra and Nuri created an ordinary, happy life with their child, the jobs which fits
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marilyn
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Beekeeper of Aleppo gives names and faces to the glimpses we've had of the people that became Syrian refugees. People who were living their lives, working their jobs, raising their families, and enjoying everyday home life until the war and fighting finally blew up their existence and killed their friends, neighbors, and family. All that is left to do is to wait to be killed or die a slow death of starvation and lack of everything a human needs to survive.

We meet Nuri, a beekeeper who has
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Karen
Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5

In 2015, Nuri and his wife Afra from Aleppo, Syria decide to leave their war ravaged country where they suffered many losses ...to make a very dangerous journey through Turkey and Greece with their final destination being England.
The story weaves together two timelines... the journey, and their time in England while awaiting asylum.
Its very difficult for them to escape the memories that haunt them.
This ended up being a beautiful story!
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Liz
Aug 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, book-clubs
From its first pages, this book will hit you hard. It depicts Nuri and his wife, Afra, and the disintegration of their life in Syria and their arduous journey to asylum in England. They lost their son to a bomb. Both are suffering from PTSD, although their symptoms are markedly different.
What can I say about a book like this? It is heartrending. Its beautifully written. It comes across as totally real. But I still struggled with it. Its very depressing, as you would expect. I had to keep
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Paige
Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cultural
What does it mean if we no longer grieve for what we lost? Do we legitimize the things we have lost or broken by holding on to our grief? What does it mean to carry memories?

The story begins with Nuri, the husband and main character who narrates the story, engulfed in the dark grey abyss of his wifes blind eyes. His wife, Afra, was left blinded by the war and is left with only her own recollection. But, what does it mean to see? What does it mean to love? Revolutionized by the Syrian Civil War,
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Jen
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Who knew bees 🐝 could be so beautiful? The humming, the worker, all caught up in their world of making honey that is likened to gold. So precious.

Such a vivid and tragic story of a couple, Nuri the beekeeper and his blind wife, Afra, an artist. Both making the difficult decision to leave Syria and make the treacherous journey to Britain. The life they are leaving behind - which no longer exists- to the unknown.

The descriptive writing, captivating and heart wrenching. From the dreams Nuri has of
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Elyse  Walters
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once I started reading this, it didnt take long until I noticed the gorgeous writing.

But then.... theres more. Always more!

....I wasnt expecting to feel like a sardine packed inside a refugee camp in Athens...
.....I wasnt expecting to treasure a little boys hope-
Sami- while he built a house out of Legos because he was going to build a house stronger for his family than the one they were leaving.
....I wasnt expecting to hurt as much as I did.

The realization of how war changes lives
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Dem
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: war
What a thought provoking and haunting piece of fiction, beautifully written and the reader does get a horrifying glimpse into the refugee and asylum crisis and the challenges and heartbreak families caught up in this nightmare in Syria have trying to flee to safety.

This is the story of Nuri, a beekeeper and his artist wife Afra and their Journey to safety in England after the situation deteriorates in Aleppo and the sacrifices they make in order to reach family and friends in England. If you are
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Bkwmlee
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Let me start off by saying that this is a book everyone needs to read, especially given the current environment we live in with the immigration issue at the forefront of topics recently here in the Western part of the world. Though I have read plenty of books over the years about the immigrant experience from different viewpoints, including from the refugee and asylum perspectives, few of those books have been as haunting and affecting as this one. The story of Nuri and Afra and their
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Krista
Rating: 5 brilliantly buzzing stars

What a luminous and heartbreaking book about war and the effects on the people caught in its crosshairs. While this is often a tough read because of the circumstances that Afra and Nuri have to navigate, I highly recommend this to anyone who is interested in learning more about the conditions faced by refugees from Syria as they try to flee to safer ground.

I didnt realize all the hurdles and intermediate stops that emigrants and refugees from Syria could face
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Diane Barnes
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
"Sometimes we create such powerful illusions, so that we do not get lost in the darkness".

That's pretty much what this book shows us by relating the story of Nuri and Afra, husband and wife who are beginning the long journey as refugees from Aleppo, after a bomb kills their 7 year old son. Nuri narrates the tale, and from the beginning we get a sense that something is wrong, as Nuri tries to stay strong to protect his wife, but ignores his own grief and disillusionment.

Read this novel at the
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Peter Boyle
I don't think I'd have picked up this novel of my own accord. But I received it as a thoughtful gift so I felt I should at least give it a try. And I'm glad I did. It has given me a sense of what it means when your world is turned upside-down by a political situation that is outside your control, and of how difficult it is to put all the pieces back together again.

Nuri and his wife Afra are refugees in England, having made the long and perilous journey to escape the war in Syria. They are
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Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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Oh look, its an immigration story written by a white person. With zero controversy surrounding its release and a 4.23 rating. Yeah, keep telling yourself the uprising about American Dirt wasnt about the money. But I digress. The Beekeeper of Aleppo is the story of Nuri and Afra and their journey from Syria in attempts to seek asylum in Britain after the war breaks out and they lose everything. Both suffer from their own forms of PTSD
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Dash fan
5☆ An Unmissable Read!

The Beekeeper of Aleppo is a poignant, thought provoking and highly Compelling story of courage, determination, survival, starting over and escaping the horrors of war.

It's a riveting, real, authentic and very moving story about a husband and wife losing everything, becoming refugee's and there desperate need for survival and belonging in a very different world of uncertainties.
I adore all the wonderful facts and information about the bees. It melted my heart how Nuri cared
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Marialyce
Sep 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I wish I could escape my mind, that I could be free of this world and everything I have seen in the last few years. And the children who have survived - what will become of them? How will they be able to live in this world?

Picture yourself in the midst of a Civil War and how you and your family would face the everyday occurrences in a war ravaged country. Think of how you life would change from the everyday normal into a fight for survival in a land you once loved and felt safe in. Now, know
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Jennifer Blankfein
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So much upheaval, sadness and loss for this Syrian refugee couple as they try to escape devastation in their country and journey to a safe place. Sometimes we create such powerful illusions, so that we do not get lost in the darkness. With memories and illusions/delusions we travel with Nuri and Afra, feeling their emotions in this wonderful book. CLICK LINK BELOW for full review... https://booknationbyjen.com/2019/12/2... ...more
Katherine Elizabeth
What a touching story. Although its another 3-star read in the lineup of average books Ive seemed to stumble upon, its certainly one that I enjoyed more than the others and will recommend to people who enjoy historical fiction (about more recent history to be accurate).

The Beekeeper of Aleppo is a novel that deals with the movement of refugees from Aleppo in Syria to Europe during the Syrian Civil War. And like I said, this is certainly a fiction novel, but its based on the authors experience
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Karen Rush
Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
A powerful and unforgettable novel by author Christy Lefteri. Rich in culture, tradition, love, and heartache. It educates without feeling preachy or political. Beautifully written and timely, there were so many moments that touched me.
Paltia
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loss - verbalization being too difficult one turns, at times, to their own system of coping. Grief can work as a great divider, separating each person into their own worlds, a private world of shadows. In this compelling story we learn at the outset that husband and wife are attempting to exist in the war zone of Syria. Family and friends have fled. The woman, wife and mother, has lost her vision. She is near completely dependent on her husband to care for her. She is reluctant to leave. There ...more
Susan Johnson
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley
There are books that will stick to us long after we finish reading them and this is one of them for me. It is hauntingly beautiful and the writing is lyrical. It took me to places I have never been (thank goodness) and put me in situations I have never experienced and I am so grateful to that. It is the story of a beekeeper from Syria and his artist wife. They have lost their young son to the bombing and are trying to make their make their way to England to join his cousin in setting up a new ...more
Onceinabluemoon
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The minute I started reading I knew it was five stars and never once did that change. I had a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes so many times... when i googled Aleppo and saw the devastation I cried, to imagine living in such horrors. This book is so human it should touch every soul, there but for the grace of god go you or I...
Laura • lauralovestoread
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
𝙰𝚗𝚍 𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚛𝚎 𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚏𝚛𝚒𝚎𝚗𝚍𝚜𝚑𝚒𝚙 𝚋𝚎𝚐𝚊𝚗, 𝚋𝚢 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚛𝚒𝚟𝚎𝚛 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚕𝚊𝚝𝚎𝚛 𝚠𝚒𝚝𝚑 𝚊 𝚙𝚘𝚝 𝚘𝚏 𝚑𝚘𝚗𝚎𝚢. 𝙰 𝚖𝚢𝚜𝚝𝚎𝚛𝚒𝚘𝚞𝚜 𝚏𝚘𝚛𝚌𝚎 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝙸 𝚌𝚘𝚞𝚕𝚍 𝚗𝚎𝚟𝚎𝚛 𝚞𝚗𝚍𝚎𝚛𝚜𝚝𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚑𝚊𝚍 𝚋𝚛𝚘𝚞𝚐𝚑𝚝 𝚖𝚢 𝚌𝚘𝚞𝚜𝚒𝚗 𝚒𝚗𝚝𝚘 𝚖𝚢 𝚕𝚒𝚏𝚎, 𝚑𝚊𝚍 𝚕𝚎𝚍 𝚑𝚒𝚖 𝚝𝚘 𝚏𝚒𝚗𝚍 𝚖𝚎 𝚜𝚒𝚝𝚝𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚋𝚢 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚛𝚒𝚟𝚎𝚛 𝚠𝚒𝚝𝚑 𝚗𝚘 𝚑𝚘𝚙𝚎 𝚒𝚗 𝚖𝚢 𝚑𝚎𝚊𝚛𝚝 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝚖𝚢 𝚏𝚞𝚝𝚞𝚛𝚎 𝚌𝚊𝚛𝚎𝚎𝚛, 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚏𝚛𝚘𝚖 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚖𝚘𝚖𝚎𝚗𝚝 𝚘𝚗 𝚖𝚢 𝚕𝚒𝚏𝚎 𝚠𝚊𝚜 𝚌𝚑𝚊𝚗𝚐𝚎𝚍 𝚏𝚘𝚛𝚎𝚟𝚎𝚛

-𝙲𝚑𝚛𝚒𝚜𝚝𝚢 𝙻𝚎𝚏𝚝𝚎𝚛𝚒, 𝚃𝚑𝚎 𝙱𝚎𝚎𝚔𝚎𝚎𝚙𝚎𝚛 𝚘𝚏 𝙰𝚕𝚎𝚙𝚙𝚘

The Beekeeper of Aleppo is such a beautifully written story of survival and hope as Nuri and his blind wife Afra, embark on a journey to freedom through
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Aga Durka
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Beekeeper of Aleppo is a beautifully written novel full of loss, heartbreak, survival, and hope. The journey of Syrian refugees through unknown, foreign, and often extremely dangerous landscapes in search of asylum in Great Britain. The authors skillful way with a written word and the emotionally charged atmosphere of this book left me heartbroken and emotionally exhausted.

This book is a must read for everyone as it realistically portrays todays world struggles of people who are forced to
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Skip
Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: refugees
Aleppo was a beautiful city in Syria before the bombs started to fall and it became a horrific war zone. This wonderfully written novel tells the story of Nuri Ibrahim and his wife, Afra Ibrahim, who were prospering with Nuri and his cousin's beehives in the countryside. But, they stay too long and suffer terrible consequences, including Afra's loss of her eyesight. We follow their path through Turkey and Greece as they seek to join cousin Mustafa in England. Their journey is harrowing, ...more
Dennis
Without spoiling the book's slow building story, The Beekeeper of Aleppo is a beautifully tragic adventure of one family's escape from Aleppo in 2015 during the height of the Syrian Civil War. As the Civil War continues, much of Syria's civilian population is fleeing the country due to humanitarian violations. In The Beekeeper of Aleppo , we meet Nuri and Afraa married couple living in Aleppo with their extended familybeekeepers and developers of honey-based products. They are enjoying a ...more
Jaclyn (sixminutesforme)
3.5 🌟

This is a really sweet, yet heartbreaking, story following a couple fleeing Syria to start a new life in the UK. In a mostly linear timeline we follow the couple through their journey as refugees, with flashbacks to their former lives as a beekeeper and artist. The imagery of bees was well done, but felt a little peripheral to the narrative itself which also (more effectively) explored imagery around sight and memory. I felt like this was at the precipice of something when it rather
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Jennifer
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

A timely book full of humanity. Read it and let your heart fill with compassion.
Kelly_Hunsaker_reads ...
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Christy Lefteri wrote a beautiful book that tore up my heart and healed it too. It was sweet and sad, lovely and loving. It is a simple book, filled with emotion. I enjoyed it from the first page until the last.

The Beekeeper of Aleppo is the story of Nuri, and his wife Afra, who were living and loving in Syria before the war. Nuri was a beekeeper in Aleppo, and of his wife Afra was an artist. Like so many in Syria the war tears their lives apart, and the two of them suffer one of the worst
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Christy Lefteri was born in London in 1980 to Greek Cypriot parents who moved to London in 1974 during the Turkish invasion. She completed a degree in English and a Masters in creative writing at Brunel University. She taught English to foreign students and then became a secondary school teacher before leaving to pursue a PhD and to write. She is also studying to become a psychotherapist.

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