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Reading Little Bee

Last call for the Books Giveaway to win the book of your choice by December 1.

The Sunday Salon.com

lbee“I was realizing, right there, that it was one thing to learn the Queen’s English from books and newspapers in my detention cell, and quite another thing to actually speak the language with the English.” [4]

The back of the ARC reads: “It is a truly special story and we don’t want to spoil it. Nevertheless, you need to know something, so we will just say this: It is extremely funny, but the African beach is horrific…Once you have read it, you’ll want to tell everyone about it. When you do, please don’t tell them what happens either. The magic is in how it unfolds.”

This book rocks. Innovative, tantalizing, and addictive. No sooner had I opened to the first page was I completely taken into the world of Little Bee, the Nigerian refugee girl who spent two years in a detention center in Essex. But there is more to her story that the book will only unfold it at its own pace at the right time. She was one of the few surviving victims of a three-way oil war that annihilated her village.

“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32) As for Little Bee (and some of us), it’s far better not to know the truth, to have that painful ruminations of what happened on the Nigerian beach deleted from her brain for good. It’s better to not be in the know unless you’re fully prepared to cope with it.It’s like a wife who finds out about her husband’s affair and she is not angry at the adultery but the cover story. More to come later, I have to sop up this book before the weekend is over.

11 Responses

  1. This book sounds interesting! I’m looking forward to reading your review on it soon! 🙂

  2. Sounds awesome. I love the “this book rocks”- what better endorsement is there? 🙂

  3. Interesting review… I haven’t seen any reviews of this book anywhere else, but may have missed it. It sounds intriguing!

  4. This book is so going on my wish list. I like what I’ve read so far 🙂

  5. Another one that’s going on my wish list too.

  6. Melody:
    This is probably one of the best books this year. Well….it’s not released until Feb 2009. Good writing, gripping story.

  7. Marie:
    It truly rocks, from beginning to the end. The amazing thing is that the beginning is not the beginning. So clever.

  8. seachanges:
    It’s not released until Feb 2009, and in the UK it will be released under the title “The Other Hand.” 🙂

  9. Iliana:
    It only gets better as you read on. 🙂

  10. r:
    In Hong Kong the book would be under the title “The Other Hand” since you’ll be getting the UK edition. 🙂

  11. Good to hear some good comments on this one. There’s a free copy floating around somewhere at work that I need to definitely pick up now!

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