Little Bee

Cleave, Chris

(Book - 2009)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Little Bee
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.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2009.
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed.
ISBN: 1416589635
Characteristics: 271 p. ;,24 cm.


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Jul 07, 2014
  • dkfjasdlkfjalk rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Some of the descriptive writing was too graphic. The book never said how she was picked up and placed in the detention center.

Found that the book started out very strongly with many interesting characters but the last part fizzled out with an unsatisfying ending.
I would still recommend reading due to the educational aspects of the story and the wonderfully developed title character.

Apr 08, 2014
  • Pisinga rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I would say that, despite of some episodes of strong cruelty, described in this book, the language used to describe them, if I may say so with respect to the human tragedies, is calm and peaceful. At the same time, these episodes leave a deep impression after reading.

"In an effort to revive their flagging marriage, British couple Sarah and Andrew O'Rourke travelled to Nigeria for a beach vacation, never expecting the machete-wielding rebels who appeared, threatening the lives of two young local girls. Years later, Little Bee, one of the two girls that Andrew and Sarah encountered that night, has entered England illegally, pinning her hopes for the future on Sarah and Andrew. A precarious friendship forms between Sarah and Little Bee; their moving and tension-filled stories are told from the alternating and disparate perspectives of both women. Insightful and provocative, Little Bee, also published with the title The Other Hand, offers "plenty of moral dilemmas [that] add up to a satisfying, emotional read" (Library Journal)." Fiction A to Z March 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/7b91ded4-ca5a-4608-8a16-ef2289b1f6ae?postId=f9c8c515-1dd1-45e1-a5c7-70f56e57d920

Oct 09, 2013
  • Jane60201 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I thought the book was very well written but thought the end was kind of contrived and not as believable as the rest. I especially liked Little Bee's thoughts on how her kin would picture the Western world.

Sep 28, 2013
  • jeaneneharlick rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I couldn't love this book. It's well written, and it's a story that needs to be told, but for me it was too realistically dark and intense. A matter of taste, not quality; I highly recommend it to people who enjoy this sort of thing.

Jun 17, 2013
  • WVMLBookClubTitles rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Two women meet on a beach in Nigeria: Little Bee, a sixteen-year-old girl, and Sarah, an English journalist. After the initial shattering encounter, they meet again two years later. As they reunite, they still try to deal with the events that happened on the beach. This is a compelling and touching story which continues unfolding until the very end.

This book is a true experience. I absolutely devoured it. I loved the plot, the unexpected twists and turns, and Cleave is able to slip easily between the two narration styles. I was more affected emotionally from this book than from any other in recent memory. A must-read.

Apr 05, 2013
  • druby rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I think I read too many reviews that said this book was excellent and in the end I think my expectations were a little too high. The story was going along just fine until the end and it just seemed to run out of steam. The plot was unlike any I have read before. I must admit the characters were believable and the writting style was easy to read. I liked how the author managed to show us a different perspective from the two main characters. Overall it is a good book; worth the read.

Lots going on in this "little" book! It speaks to the unspeakable acts of the oil industry reps in Nigeria and their widespread attack on the Nigerians in their villages. Little Bee and her sister, victims of such attacks, meet two vacationing Londoners on the beach and Little Bee's life is connected to them until the end of the story. Loyalty and trust of others and understanding of one's self are demonstrated over and over. The characters are all well-developed and their characteristics are demonstrated through their various acts. A very good read. A sobering look at internment of illegals in England and the impact of terrorism on people within their own country of Nigeria.

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MOST DAYS I WISH I was a British pound coin instead of an African girl. Everyone would be pleased to see me coming. Maybe I would visit with you for the weekend and then suddenly, because I am fickle like that, I would visit with the man from the corner shop instead—but you would not be sad because you would be eating a cinnamon bun, or drinking a cold Coca-Cola from the can, and you would never think of me again. We would be happy, like lovers who met on holiday and forgot each other’s names.

Apr 16, 2011
  • ndp21f rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

If the men come suddenly, I will be ready to kill myself. Do you feel sorry for me, for thinking always in this way? If the men come and they find you not ready, then it will be me who is feeling sorry for you.

Apr 16, 2011
  • ndp21f rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I ask you right here please to agree with me that a scar is never ugly. That is 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. Okay? This will be our secret. Because take it from me, a scar does not form on the dying. A scar means, I survived.

Apr 16, 2011
  • ndp21f rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

How I would love to be a British pound. A pound is free to travel to safety, and we are free to watch it go. This is the human triumph. This is called, globalization. A girl like me gets stopped at immigration, but a pound can leap the turnstiles, and dodge the tackles of those big men with their uniform caps, and jump straight into a waiting airport taxi. Where to, sir? Western Civilization, my good man, and make it snappy.


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