Little Bee - aka The Other Hand Author:Chris Cleave Worlds collide when Little Bee, a Nigerian girl orphaned by violence, meets Sarah, a dissatisfied British professional away on holiday. The story is extremely funny, but the African beach scene is horrific. The story starts there, but the book doesn't. And it's what happens afterwards that is most important. A mixture of tragedy an... more »d comedy, a taste of what could happen to immigrants to the UK, realistically narrated by the two main characters: Little Bee, an immigrant to UK from Nigeria; and Sarah, a British magazine editor who had a previous connection with Little Bee.
A fictitious story woven around real events. This story personalizes the problems small villages in Africa are experiencing because they are located overtop of valuable oil resources. Rather than seeing the problem from 10,000 feet, the story is brought up close and personal through Little Bee's horrifying experience and her desperate search for hope. Good story - I could not put it down.
Little Bee tells the stories of two women from different parts of the world whose lives intersect with startling consequences. The story is told in chapters which alternate between the womens' points of view. Author Chris Cleave deserves credit for giving each character such a distinctive and believable voice.
Little Bee is simultaneously heartbreaking and uplifting. Just read it.
I had to wait a while for this book and so I fully intended to take my time enjoying it. Unfortunately (?) I found it quite difficult to put the book down and finished it in one day. Bummer!!! What a magnificent story!!!
Suspenseful, dark, different, at times touching and at times violent. A story of hope, morals, trust and survival. A Nigerian refugee shows up on the doorstep on a British couple whom she met on a beach in Nigeria years before. I was mesmerized by the story as the book progressed. You won't want to put this book down once you start...it hooks you from page one.
I found the end of the book implausable but I won't give it away. The English character was too self absorbed and did something I felt no mother would do in her right mind - maybe that is what I missed - she was not in a right mind.
From the beginning of this book, I was engaged. What was the tramatic thing that happened on the beach? When I discovered the truth, I felt compassion for all of the main characters. What would I have done under the same circumstances. This book was thought provoking, relavant and deeply emotional.