Bookclub Bloggers Review - Little Bee

Tuesday, November 30, 2010


I finally had access to a book for the Bookclub Bloggers so can do a review!
Have you read Little Bee?
 
If you haven't I would not read the rest of this...as in spoiler alert...

I had no idea what to expect when I opened this book - it was heartbreaking, fascinating, powerful...but also a little bizzare and I don't know that I exactly loved it. Like many of the others who reviewed this said - I feel like I'm still processing it and I'm not sure I'll ever really have closure on how I feel since the actually ending was not closure enough for me!
I'm not sure where to begin - so I'll go with the questions posted for the book.
1.  Do you have any personal opinion on "refugee politics" of our safe and wealthy western countries? How has this opinion formed? News? School? Personal experience? What a political question, right? When 2 people, both with opposite opinions, discuss a topic like this - I can always see and understand the points that are being made so I can respect everyone's opinions. Most of my knowledge and passion has centered around the tense topic of the US/Mexican borders so it is the only opinion I feel entitled to have. I'll just say that after spending time in Mexico and interviewing, speaking with and hearing the side of the stories of families who have had loved ones give up everything and risk dying to have a chance at a "better" life - I have to side with them. (cue hate mail). Of course - there are SO many factors and things to discuss, but I'll just leave it light and at that!

2.  Do you think what Sarah did in Nigeria was special? Or do we all have this in us? Why or why not? I'm not sure it was exactly special - I think a lot of people would do what she did in this intense situation - out of sheer desperation if anything else.

Little Bee's voice as a narrator might be one of the most memorable voices from a lot of the books I've read. I loved reading her chapters - I love the new point of view that she gave me. But I think I identified with Sarah the most and found the way she coped with the situation fascinating. I grew to love all of the characters - except for Sarah's boyfriend. I realize that he provided a needed voice/point of view - one that reflects the opinions of many people in the 'real world' which was jarring - I wanted to throttle him. I think it was the authors way of pointing out that one can never ever judge a situation unless one is in it - which I appreciated.

anyway - I wonder if it will be a movie?


my favorite sad quote: 



"…Isn’t it sad, growing up? You start off like my Charlie. You start off thinking you can kill all the baddies and save the world. Then you get a little bit older, maybe Little Bee’s age, and you realize that some of the world’s badness is inside you, that maybe you’re a part of it. And then you get a bit older still, and a bit more comfortable, and you start wondering whether that badness you’ve seen in yourself is really all that bad at all."

38 comments:

the chirpy bird said...

Oh Snap... I can't read your post because I haven't read the book and am thinking about it! I'll just have to bookmark your review and check in later!
xox tash

Claire Kiefer said...

I didn't read the whole post because I haven't read the book yet, but I'm excited to have another one to put on my list. :)

Reyna @fashionmist♥ said...

Great review! xx

*Simply Colette* said...

My bookclub read that last year, but I didn't participate that month. I'm off to check out your Book Club! The problem is just getting myself to read these days! :)

xoxo,
nicolette

p.s. glad you had a lovely Thanksgiving dinner!

Style, She Wrote said...

Thanks for the review. I will definitely look into this!

Kirsten said...

I wish I had more time to read fab books like this....hrmm. Will live vicariously through your reviews!

~Kirsten
http://triplemaxtons.blogspot.com

PS Thanks for the blog love!

ellie said...

Oh, it does look very insightful. Thanks for the vivid review.

better days said...

I really liked the poignant quote you shared from the book.

Jess said...

Yea - I think Cyber Monday is relatively new within the past couple of years. Did you hear anyone talking about it or blogging about it today??


p.s. Great review!

Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...

well okay- I didn't read your review- I'll look up the book!

style'n said...

Krystal-I read this book on our trip to Hawaii back in July. I read it literally over a day or two. It was really good. I can't remember all the details but I remember feeling a bit troubled and uneasy with the book. Maybe I didn't get closure or didn't like the ending...ha ha I think Ineed to go back and read the ending again.

Jude said...

I so wanted to read your review but after the first few sentences, I made myself stop - I'd love to read the book now! (OK, I did cheat and skip to the bottom for your favourite sad quote, made me want to read it all the more.)

Sympathy for The Devil said...

coool! i shall visit the club!!

oh you know, ive been such a lazy cat lately, the latest book i read (probably a year ago) is The Lover by Duras.

Mara said...

oh I've heard about this book! I definitely need to check it out.

Blicious said...

thanks for sharing!!! i have to check it out!

xoxo
b

mydesignchic said...

OK, had to stop reading...haven't read it yet, but it's on my list!!

Jamie said...

I haven't read it yet - so skipped most of the post - just bottom line it for me - read or miss?

ryan said...

Oh I want to read this book really bad, so I kind of skimmed this post lol because the book is on my x-mas list

That Chelsea Girl™ said...

What a wonderful review! I will have to seek this book out.

styleforlife said...

THIS is incredible...I am so happy you are into books so you can recommend away. I am completely out of touch in the area.
Cant wait to see all your book posts.
YAY!
XXX Em

Sara Bentley @ Purses Pastries Etc... said...

Sounds like it'll probably make a great movie! Wonder if they need a producer ;)

The girl from Oslo said...

Hi
Great review girl...
Have a nice day.

Diana Mieczan said...

I just got that book last weekend and I am planning to read it over the Holidays:)

I so want to read this review...but I have to stay strong..hahah
(I am saving it after I read it)
Muah

Emily Jane said...

I saw this in Chapters recently and I was very curious as it gives no clue as to what it's about! I'm intrigued!

heather yalin said...

OK, I love your fave sad quote... Really!

andrea despot said...

wonderful review krystal! i found that i also really enjoyed the book, but can't say that i "loved" it. it's definitely a book that brings up a lot of issues and can make you feel uncomfortable at times, but i loved how it was littered with little bee's sense of humor :)

i read somewhere that it IS being made into a movie with nicole kidman as sarah. apparently she fought hard for the rights to the movie version, or something like that.

stylebyrachael said...

Well, I probably will not be reading this book based on your review, but I am very excited to read more of your book reviews.

Kelle Dame said...

I would pick up this book just because of the beautiful cover...that quote got me too!!

Anaiz said...

I'm so bummed I didn't get to this book in time, it sounds so good though!

thingsIlove said...

I want to read this book!

Mia Delessi said...

I never heard about this book but I would love to read it. I love opwerful stories that might change my opinion about something.

Molly said...

So, so, so glad you played along!! Yippeee.

Ok, so, I just wrote this on another comment, but I'm recycling (I'm ALL about bein' green):
Sarah was a character that was a little too human and real for me. She was able to sacrifice her finger for a complete stranger but not able to sacrifice her lover for a husband she was watching mentally deteriorate. It's probably my own sin and brokeness (read: I'm being judgemental) that is making her really difficult to love even though she did such admirable things... does that make any sense??

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plantmyappletree said...

Thanks for reading along with all of us. I realise that I didn't exactly choose a light and easy book for the club, but at least it is one that stays in mind and it is for sure no ordinary read.

Diana said...

I've been meaning to read this book, so I just skimmed your post trying to avoid things that might give the book away.

Funny though, I was just thinking that I want to start blogging about books I read. If anything it will make me think a bit more!

Charlotte said...

So, I basically agree with everything you said:

The ending? Not nearly enough closure. Little Bee (the character) deserved more, and I'm a bit miffed.

I thought Lawrence's point of view when he was debating with Little Bee was sound... you're right in saying he was a necessary character, given that he was a man of the world. Many people reading the book would address Little Bee as such, and Cleave was good to put that in. But I still couldn't stand him (Lawrence), since he was sooooo slimy.

I'm glad you identified with Sarah - I felt she got a bit overshadowed in the end by her affair.

I also wondered if it could be/will be made into a movie!

SO glad you participated! I hope you can join us for more in the future. :D

katie said...

glad you joined us! i like the quote you pulled out for the end of your review. it's really interesting to see which particular passages resonated with people the most, and which prose compelled them to blog about. =) i haven't decided on my favorite pieces yet...but i'm glad to say that this is a book i'm quite happy to have bought, rather than borrowed. =)

Brenna [fabuleuxdestin] said...

I just loved this book. Her spirit is so beautiful! I also loved that quote. I also recommend Girl in Translation. I read that just after Little Bee - another immigration story.

Faiza said...

my heart broke so many times when i read ths book and one again when i read your post.

i completely agree with how you felt about the ending. it was just another heartbreak but it made me realize that there are people living with these unfinished stories and lack of closure every day. sigh.

 

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