The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri

1. First lines. 2. Publisher: Allen and Unwin 3. Images of Syrian refugees By Freedom House [Public Domain] via flickr 4. Vine pattern [Public Domain] via Cool Silh
Refugees are human beings.
I liked this book.

This book follows the story of Nuria (the beekeeper) and Afra, Syrians who flee their country and take a dangerous journey across Europe to get to the United Kingdom.

“‘You were crying.’ she said, ‘I heard you crying.’ And with both of her hands she wiped my face. She looked into my eyes, as if she could see me. In that moment I could see her too, the woman inside, the woman I’d lost.”

“What was lost would be lost forever. The Crusader castles, mosques and churches, Roman mosaics, ancient markets, houses, homes, hearts, husbands, wives, daughters, sons.”

Quotes from the book.
  • Culture Fly The Beekeeper of Aleppo is an at times devastating and haunting novel that pulls readers into a conflict many of us have only ever witnessed in the media. Yet through Nuri and Mustafa’s love of bees, and through Afra’s talent for art, there’s still beauty to be found in the story, as there’s still beauty to be found in countries marred by war. Like Heather Morris’ The Tattooist of Auschwitz, this is a book of darkness and light, of horrors and hope, and of the true power of the human spirit. An urgent and moving novel for our times.
  • Publishers Weekly: Lefteri perceptively and powerfully documents the horrors of the Syrian civil war and the suffering of innocent civilians. Readers will find this deeply affecting for both its psychological intensity and emotional acuity.

Also published by Penguin Random House

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