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Little Bee: A Novel

A book by Chris Cleave.

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it's okay

  • Jul 7, 2010
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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 why this book gets so frustrating, because there is so much potential to characters beside Little Bee, yet the author fails to develop them. Sarah, Charlie, Andrew and Lawrence could have been (and should have been) more than just some bystanders in Little Bee's life. Then the frustration grew even more when the ending came to a screeching halt. Yes, I understand that the author might have wanted the readers to guess if Sarah, Charlie and/or Little Bee got their happy ending or not. But come on! Chris Cleave had so much materials to play with! It seriously felt like he ran out of time to finish the book. Yes it is a quick and easy read, and it's a great thing that the book cover reveals next to nothing so your expectation is very low. 

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October 19, 2010
Very well put! Clever is a great description, and I couldn't agree more with how the author dropped the ball on developing the other characters (oh, and you're not cruel, I also became less enchanted with Little Bee as the story unfolded).
 
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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 …
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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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 you should know going in toLittle Beeis that what happens on the beach is brutal, and that it braids the fates of a 16-year-old Nigerian orphan (who calls herself Little Bee) and a well-off British couple--journalists trying to repair their strained marriage with a free holiday--who should have stayed behind their resort's walls. The tide of that event carries Little Bee back to their world, which she claims she couldn't explain to the girls from her village because they'd have no context for its abundance and calm. But she shows us the infinite rifts in a globalized world, where any distance can be crossed in a day--with the right papers--and "no one likes each other, but everyone likes U2." Where you have to give up the safety you'd assumed as your birthright if you decide to save the girl gazing at you through razor wire, left to the wolves of a failing state. --Mari Malcolm--This text refers to theHardcoveredition.
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ISBN-10: 1416589643
ISBN-13: 978-1416589648
Author: Chris Cleave
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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