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The Beekeeper of Aleppo: A Novel (2019 original; edició 2020)

de Christy Lefteri (Autor)

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"Nuri is a beekeeper; his wife, Afra, an artist. They live a simple life, rich in family and friends, in the beautiful Syrian city of Aleppo--until the unthinkable happens. When all they care for is destroyed by war, they are forced to escape. But what Afra has seen is so terrible she has gone blind, and so they must embark on a perilous journey through Turkey and Greece towards an uncertain future in Britain. As Nuri and Afra travel through a broken world, they must confront not only the pain of their own unspeakable loss, but dangers that would overwhelm the bravest of souls. Above all, they must journey to find each other again. Moving, powerful, and beautifully written, The Beekeeper of Aleppo brings home the idea that the most ordinary of lives can be completely upended in unimaginable ways"--… (més)
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Títol:The Beekeeper of Aleppo: A Novel
Autors:Christy Lefteri (Autor)
Informació:Ballantine Books (2020), Edition: Reprint, 384 pages
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The Beekeeper of Aleppo de Christy Lefteri (2019)

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The Syrian War is brought to life in this story of a beekeeper and his wife as they struggle to find refuge.
Nuri is a beekeeper and his wife, Afra, is an artist. Nuri rises early to hear the call to prayer before driving to his hives in the countryside. On weekends Afra sells her colorful landscapes at the open market. They live a simple life, rich in family and friends, in the beautiful hills of Aleppo. When their son is killed by the war, Nuri knows they must leave. Escaping will not be easy : Afra has lost her sight. ( )
  creighley | Nov 11, 2022 |
This book is set in 2016 and is narrated by Nuri, a Syrian who has a happy life with his wife Afra and their young son Sami - until their world is torn apart by civil war. They lose their home, their income - Nuri is a beekeeper and all of his hives are destroyed and everything that is most precious to them.

With their lives destroyed, they have no option but to flee their country and seek asylum elsewhere. There are two timelines to the book; one is in England where they have arrived and hope to be allowed to stay, and the other charts their journey there, passing through Turkey and Greece amongst other countries. They face upheaval, and real physical danger.

I did enjoy the book, but also must admit to being somewhat disappointed because I think I expected so much more. It's such an important subject - and very eye-opening regarding the difficulties that asylum seekers experience, and the lengths that they will go to to find a safe haven (contrary to how some right wing newspapers portray them). However while the story itself was interesting, I felt a weird sort of disconnect with the characters - I never felt that they were very fleshed out, which meant that I could not really invest in them. Even though the story was narrated by Nuri, he still seemed to be at a distance.

I think this is an important book and a good read, but could have been so much more. ( )
  Ruth72 | Oct 12, 2022 |
A harrowing and understandably emotional journey for a Syrian couple trying to flee the onslaught of war upon their homeland as a result of civil war. Unflinching in its portrayal of the destruction of a homeland, and even as a microcosm, the effects on the main two protagonists relationship and mental health. Uncomfortable at times & able to induce considerable emotional distress at the mendacity of the people met along the way. Important and explosive, this is the equivalent of a humanitarian grenade into passive observance of suffering by our society. Valuable. ( )
  aadyer | Jun 27, 2022 |
A story of Syrian refugees trying to flee to the safety of England. Throughout the story, we see how the trauma of living in Syria during the bombings and the long trek to asylum has affected the main character, Nuri but also how witnessing the death of their child Sami physically alters his wife, Afra. The storytelling is well done and the author put much heart and emotion into telling the story of this couple looking for freedom. ( )
1 vota Micareads | Jun 21, 2022 |
Heartbreaking. Really stays with you. ( )
  LittleSpeck | May 17, 2022 |
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Lefteri’s slow-building narrative rarely veers into sentimentality or overwhelming bleakness.
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"Nuri is a beekeeper; his wife, Afra, an artist. They live a simple life, rich in family and friends, in the beautiful Syrian city of Aleppo--until the unthinkable happens. When all they care for is destroyed by war, they are forced to escape. But what Afra has seen is so terrible she has gone blind, and so they must embark on a perilous journey through Turkey and Greece towards an uncertain future in Britain. As Nuri and Afra travel through a broken world, they must confront not only the pain of their own unspeakable loss, but dangers that would overwhelm the bravest of souls. Above all, they must journey to find each other again. Moving, powerful, and beautifully written, The Beekeeper of Aleppo brings home the idea that the most ordinary of lives can be completely upended in unimaginable ways"--

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