Sunday, May 2, 2010

Book Love: Little Bee

I started reading Little Bee by Chris Cleave after I saw a girl reading it next to me on a flight. The book jacket is a basically a big tease that says something like, "You have to read this book, but we don't want to give too much away."
Little Bee: A Novel

So naturally because I wanted to know exactly what it's about... I ordered it on my Kindle. And I LOVED it. And I'll tell you a bit more than what the book jacket tells you.

The book is written, and written beautifully, from the perspective of a young African girl and a British woman who's worlds collide one day on an African beach with a brutal and horrific encounter. It is touching, sad, and even very witty at times-- but most importantly it's thought provoking. It centers much around immigration and refugees. And I have to say, if it said the story had anything to do with immigration on the back of the book... I probably never would have bought it. But the author deals with the topic in such a way that makes it completely human.  The book also focuses on the themes of "growing up" and morality.

Long story short... I think you should read it. And let me know what you think. Has anyone read his first novel, "Incendiary?" I'm just curious, because if it's anything like Little Bee, it will definitely make its way onto my reading list.

Little Bee Quotes:

"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." 

"What is an adventure? That depends on where you are starting from. Little girls in your country, they hide in the gap between the washing machine and the refridgerator and they make believe they are in the jungle, with green snakes and monkeys all around them. Me and my sister, we used to hide in a gap in the jungle, with green snakes and monkeys all around us, and make believe that we had a washing machine and a refrigerator. You live in a world of machines and you dream off things with beating hearts. We dream of machines, because we see where beating hearts have left us." 


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