Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Book Review: Little Bee by Chris Cleave

This book is pretty good once you get going. It's a little disjointed at first but picks up speed quickly. While the alternating narrators are a clever way to tell the story from the two main character's points of view, I didn't feel that Little Bee's character went as far as she could have. But, the whole story when viewed as an entire picture is very moving, often funny, but tragic with its dark humor and darker message. This is not a story for the faint of heart; I won't ruin it but to summarize, a Nigerian refugee girl finds her way to a British woman's home after spending two years in an asylum. Having met the woman and her husband in Nigeria while the couple were on vacation, tragic events that took place there brought Little Bee the refugee to their doorstep after they spent years trying to forget that day, with varying degrees of failure. And let's don't forget about Batman! You'll have to read to find out why. Definitely worth reading, so four little buzzing bees out of five from me.

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