The Beekeeper of Aleppo

The Beekeeper of Aleppo

A Novel

Book - 2019
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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"--
Publisher: New York :, Ballantine Books,, [2019]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781984821218
Branch Call Number: FIC LEFT
Characteristics: 317 pages ; 22 cm


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Apr 13, 2021

Hm.. It was okay. Maybe better for young adults. It is a sad and not uncommon story of a refugee's journey, but for a novel this should have been the backdrop to a story, and there wasn't one.

Mar 16, 2021

I had high expectations for the book but found it very hard to get into. I got bored, kept listening and eventually just returned it.

Feb 08, 2021

A beautiful story of love, loss and hope

Jan 29, 2021

I really enjoyed the story and the style of writing, well done.

Dec 13, 2020

An excellent non-fiction book to read about Syrian refugees is Butterfly, an autobiography about a teenager’s harrowing journey from Syria to Germany with her sister and without her parents, and she then goes on to be an Olympian. It’s an incredible journey and it actually happened, to her. A very memorable book. I preferred it to this fictional account, although as a novel, this book was well-written.

Nov 15, 2020

This is probably the most compelling book I’ve read in a long time. So many conflicting emotions are going through my head. Now, the question is: what do I do about it?...

Oct 03, 2020

If you feel there is any value in reading fiction to acquire empathy, this book is for you. This is a a touching refugee story that will put you into another person's life while they struggle to protect the ones they love while being completely powerless.

Jul 09, 2020

As I was reading this book, I thought that I would be giving it 5 stars. But the ending simply did not work for me. This author writes beautifully. Her characterization is realistic. The structure of the book is very interesting and tells the story in a unique way.

The topic of this book is thought provoking and is the second in a series of books that I am reading about migration this summer. ( I want to take a month and work in bee fields after reading it.)

I took two stars off of my rating because the book ends abruptly. It is just a little over 300 pages, which seems to be the length that publishers like to publish. Both story lines end suddenly leaving the book feeling unfinished.

Jul 05, 2020

What does it mean to see? Nuri and his wife, Afra, flee Syria hoping to immigrate to England. Their son, Sami, was killed in a bombing. Afra lost her sight in the same bombing. As they make their treacherous way to England, the reader discovers how Nuri was impacted by PTSD. Written by a woman who has worked with refugees, Lefteri has used these experiences to create a story that will be both heartbreaking and hopeful, just like the female wingless bee Nuri and a Moroccan refugee, help survive by building her a garden in which she doesn’t have to fly. Lots to discuss if you are in a book club. And at the end, as Afra confronts the trauma and Nuri continues to fight his emotions, she says to Nuri “You think it’s me who can’t see.” Now there’s a discussion starter.

May 27, 2020

At once, both heartbreaking and hopeful, "The Beekeeper of Aleppo" is told in a lyrical, illustrative voice. The story serves to remind us that the human spirit can find resiliency even in the most dire circumstances...

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