It kept me interested the entire way through. We agreed it was a poignant, beautifully written book with a real story to tell. We learn that she fled Nigeria two years prior by stowing away on a British cargo ship. He gives the four of them shelter in a clean, hidden building. I was amazed by your ability to find the voice of a 16 year old Nigerian girl and make her so utterly believable.
This young man is exceptionally talented. What ever happens to Lawrence? But again, I can't talk about it. She notes sharp objects, high bridges, ropes, poison cleansers and the like--the way professional drivers always know where their nearest escape route is in case of an accident. I will go beyond the hand offered in greeting; I will strive to embrace these survivors in both arms with deepened compassion. And it was, it really was a truly special story. Having two people tell the story allowed us to piece the information together, bit by bit, which added to the suspense of finding out what happened on the beach.
I was an elementary school teacher, and have two daughters. Cleave intended for the story as a whole never to be fully explicit, relying instead on readers' interpretation of the characters' dialogue. Dear Chris, Your book was placed on my bed by my daughter. At most, it seems to me that you might want to use examples to show where the novel is not accurately researched. We unanamously agreed that the ending was very disappointing, all hoping that Little Bee would be safe in the end. That is what makes it bearable.
I must commend you on her beautiful beautiful voice- easily my favorite part of the book. It does make a difference to my thinking. Thank you for creating such a timely and soul-searching novel. The ending is frustrating as I was left wondering what is going to happen to Little Bee. In Sarah she finds that kind stranger, and gives back at least as much kindness as she gets.
In sci-fi an ordinary protagonist discovers an extraordinary world, and the genre is exciting because of the emotional dissonance. The women she encountered in the Detention Center and later the women she met on the beach spoke a different language as Nigeria is composed of Bantu, Yoruba, and Haussa speakers. I have been deeply moved by The Other Hand and I fully support your motivations and ethics for your writing. When it does arrive, however, the behavior of the women and Little Bee's misunderstanding over a descriptive word causes the man to become angry and drive away. Publication date 7 August 2008 Media type Print Pages 368 pp first edition The Other Hand, also known as Little Bee, is a 2008 novel by British author. When Little Bee would talk of finding a way to kill herself in any situation, in case the men came, I believed it. After that, the story gets pretty heavy.
Isn't it funny when novels from their origin countries are marketed in the ol' U. I got this book at a bookcrossing meeting in Bangkok — I think it was meant to find me. Mugabe follows Amin, oil follows slavery, Tibet follows Palestine. I also wanted to give a thumbs up for your nod to Maurice Sendack in the nursery scene where Charlie melts down over his lost father. So by taking one woman from each side of the divide, and investing each with a compulsion to understand the other, I was able to let the story unpack itself in the mind of the reader.
What about the story is universal? It did not disappoint me. It also speaks of many other things in Nigeria, which is a large and diverse country. We just had our book club meeting and we all loved the book for different reasons. Even the real life dramas of married life and family life made this tale a reassuring read. As I continue to prepare for Friday, Little Bee is hauntingly before me on the beach….
The magic is in how it unfolds. Yes, there was a chance encounter that really shook me up. Some of them were beautiful characters and it was deeply upsetting to see how we were treating them. There is so much to talk about in this story and then I want to do research on Nigeria and the refugee reality. This book had sp much substance and although you say it was fictional it still had some truth i. Thank you for the caring and informative insight. Last night my book discussion group discussed Little Bee.