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Little Bee: A Novel

16 Ratings: 3.0
A book by Chris Cleave.

Amazon Best of the Month, February 2009: The publishers of Chris Cleave's new novel "don't want to spoil" the story by revealing too much about it, and there's good reason not to tell too much about the plot's pivot point. All … see full wiki

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Author: Chris Cleave
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
7 reviews about Little Bee: A Novel
review by . January 25, 2011
posted in Powell's Books
I'll give Little Bee points for drawing me in - it was a compelling and super fast read. The main character is very well done, however I couldn't muster any empathy or even much likability for one other character... including Batman boy, which is a failure as he should've elicited more empathy, but instead came off just rather annoying.      *SPOILER* The ending was forced and rushed, pushing too hard to resolve things too quickly -- not to mention the huge distraction …
review by . July 07, 2010
This book definitely showed a lot of promise in the beginning. Seeing the current society through the eyes of Little Bee who's had a very little exposure to it, is amusing, new, and clever. As you get to meet Little Bee and find out about her little by little, you start to care about the character. At least I think you are supposed to. However, as the story continued on, my patience ran out with Little Bee (call me cruel I guess), and found myself being more drawn towards Sarah. That is …
Quick Tip by . October 19, 2010
I'll give Little Bee points for drawing me in - it was a compelling and super fast read. The main character is very well done, however I couldn't muster any empathy or even much likability for one other character... including Batman boy, which is a failure as he should've elicited more empathy, but instead came off just rather annoying. *SPOILER* The ending was forced and rushed, pushing too hard to resolve things too quickly -- not to mention the huge distraction for me as a mother to EVER imagine …
review by . June 24, 2010
This book was so eloquently written. The author keeps you wanting more. I could not put it down. It was such a unique story and really compells the reader to consider the serious nature of the social issues it explores. There is more than one narrator in this novel but the author has made them so different and complex you would think it was writen by two. The author does an excellent job of makeing you instantly care for the outcome of little bee.          
review by . March 10, 2010
Chris Cleave's book Little Bee is a beautiful blending of cultures, dilemmas and voices, centering on the story of two women, one sublimely English and the other African. The author's astounding ear for voices is clear in his rendition of conversation from a frantic four-year-old Batman's cry to a Jamaican woman persuasive arguments, even to a silent listener who speaks with her eyes. The novel is seen through the eyes of two separate narrators, both women, both convincingly portrayed …
review by . January 09, 2009
What common experience binds together a sixteen-year-old Nigerian refugee and a London magazine editor? The answer, along with much more about this absorbing book, cannot be discussed freely without spoiling the impact for the reader. But when a British husband and wife foolishly wander along a beach on the oil-rich Nigerian delta, they bring a life-changing encounter to their doorstep in Surrey. There are no happy story-book endings here, and yet ...     Little Bee: A Novel …
review by . January 07, 2009
What a story. I don't recall a book giving me nightmares before....but it happened with this one. Along with the horror, as promised, is a true comedic flair, also....  Sarah and Andrew O'Rourke have decided to go on holiday to Nigeria, in a last-ditch effort to save their marriage. Despite warnings to do otherwise, the two decide to take advantage of one of Sarah's free travel certificates (one of the perks of being an editor of a rather trendy and popular London mag), and make the trip …
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