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The Beekeeper of Aleppo
The Beekeeper of Aleppo: A moving testament to the human spirit | Christy Lefteri
In the midst of war, he found love In the midst of darkness, he found courage In the midst of tragedy, he found hope The Beekeeper of Aleppo What will you find from his story? 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. On the way, Nuri is sustained by the knowledge that waiting for them is Mustafa, his cousin and business partner, who has started an apiary and is teaching fellow refugees in Yorkshire to keep bees. 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 - and perhaps this is the hardest thing they face - they must journey to find each other again. Moving, powerful, compassionate and beautifully written, The Beekeeper of Aleppo is a testament to the triumph of the human spirit. Told with deceptive simplicity, it is the kind of book that reminds us of the power of storytelling. 'This is a novel of international significance. Courageous, provocative, haunting, it will open our eyes' Heather Morris, author of The Tattooist of Auschwitz 'This book dips below the deafening headlines, and tells a true story with subtlety and power' Esther Freud 'This compelling tale had me gripped with its compassion, its sensual style and its onward and lively urge for resolution' Daljit Nagra 'Christy Lefteri has crafted a beautiful novel, intelligent, thoughtful; and relevant. I'm recommending this book to everyone I care about. So I'm recommending this book to you' Benjamin Zephaniah
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jlowery999
Panpan

Could not find a connection to the characters at all. I think it was maybe trying to be a little too poetic at times, and that really lost me with such a gritty and harsh topic. Tough to put my finger on exactly what I didn't care for, but this one was a no for me.

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rebbyj
Pickpick

Good book. Hard in my heart

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Rachiiebookdragon
The Beekeeper of Aleppo | Christy Lefteri
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I listened to this one via my library app.

Pretty interesting

3.75/5

Read for:
#RWDC2022TBRChallenge
#2022TBRTakedown
#TheDisneyReadingChallenge2022
#PopSugarReadingChallenge2020

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rockpools
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Caught up with a friend yesterday after that couple of years. We had a lovely day doing (shock, horror) NORMAL things - talked a lot of rubbish, went to the immersive Van Gogh exhibition (v cool!), lunch by the river, ate vegan ice cream, found jeans that fit…

Look what she brought me 😍

Cathythoughts Sounds like a perfect day. I havnt read that book , but I hear it‘s brilliant ❤️ what a lovely gift. 6mo
rockpools @Cathythoughts I‘ve just seen the reviews- really excited to read it now! 6mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love the bag 🖤 6mo
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youneverarrived Sounds lovely 🤍 6mo
LeahBergen It sounds like a perfect day! ❤️ 6mo
Centique That bag sums up my life philosophy! 6mo
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EdieAyala
The Beekeeper of Aleppo | Christy Lefteri

A story to keep coming back to... the storytelling, the characters and the events are compelling to say the least. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel.

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camilla_788
Pickpick

Such a moving story, so beautifully written. It really opened my eyes to the extreme difficulties faced by refugees.

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dreamingpoet
The Beekeeper of Aleppo | Christy Lefteri
Bailedbailed

Not my favourite book. I have trouble connecting with literary fiction and I just wasn‘t able to finish it.

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mjtwo
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28 Oct-2 Nov 2021 (audiobook)
The story of Nuri, the titular beekeeper, and his wife‘s flight from Syria after their son is killed by a bomb.
Well-written and well-meaning, but I was not as enamoured as many other readers. I disliked the disappearance and abuse of children in the refugee camps - such depictions often seem somewhat exploitative. The issue of who has a right to tell these stories and whose voice is authentic is quite problematic.

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Sydneypaige
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This book is a heartbreaker. And it is so many peoples stories from Syria, from Somali, from Afghanistan, as refugees who lose family members and the love between marriages because of the trauma they have to move through first. I struggled to witness the grief between this couple at many moments of this book, but found them compelling and I couldn‘t help but have hope for them to find their way back to each other emotionally all along.

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julesverh
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just finished the beekeeper of aleppo and let me tell you, it‘s fascinating in a horrific way. the story had me in trance from beginning to end and never once got boring. it‘s an eye-opening story that tells the struggles and horrors refugees have to go through in order to just survive, definitely a must read for everyone! (but especially for people who fail to understand why helping refugees is so so important and the only correct thing to do)

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PhyllisH
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Pickpick

I have finished reading #bookspin number 15.
Beautifully written,but sad.
Ready for number 13.
@thearomaofbooks

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Cissystix
The Beekeeper of Aleppo | Christy Lefteri
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My#15 pick for September #DoubleSpin!😁

@TheAromaOfBooks
@PhyllisH

PhyllisH Ooh, that one is in my Kindle library. Let me know if you like it. (edited) 1y
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 1y
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kathedron
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Thank you for this @Caroline2 !
Nuri and Afra are refugees from Syria, newly arrived in the UK and hoping to be granted asylum. I could call this book a necessary corrective for the headlines and rhetoric with which we are encouraged to harden our hearts against one another, but that would be to do CL a disservice. She hasn't written a polemic but a damn good story: compassionate, profoundly sad, hopeful.

Caroline2 Oh good! I‘m glad you enjoyed it. 😃 👍 1y
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Natharper99
The Beekeeper of Aleppo | Christy Lefteri
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A fictional depiction of a very real problem. I have to admit this book was very difficult to read while knowing similar situations are happening in Afghanistan and other areas right now. This book helps readers to get a somewhat deeper understanding about what it means it see.

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Yoricke_SouthAfrica
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Mehso-so

A beautiful and heart wrenching story of a couple's journey from Syria to England.

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Yoricke_SouthAfrica
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Excited to start this book. I've read so many good reviews 🤓😊

twinkletoes74 I have this book on my to be read pile 1y
Yoricke_SouthAfrica @twinkletoes74 It's been on mine for a while as while. So far I'm really enjoying it. 1y
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Clutterbucks_Queen
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My latest addition! 🥰 BOTM for July! 😁

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Judybskt
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Pickpick

Wow! This book was amazing.

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Judybskt
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Afternoon break with a treat, coffee and a new book!

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Smarkies
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Pickpick

A heartbreaking story which starts off in #syria and tracks Nuri and Afra's journey as they try and reunite with Nuri's cousin.
I listened to this on #audio and enjoyed the narrator as well who lent authenticity to the telling.
#readingasia2021

Librarybelle I really enjoyed this one, and you are right, it is very heartbreaking 2y
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thewallflower0707
Pickpick

Utterly heartbreaking and very poetical written. And country‘s like mine allow this to happen.

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my.books.in.squares
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Listning to my audiobook whilst doing some painting 🎨📚. So relaxing.

Scochrane26 Your painting is so pretty. I would not be able to do those kind because I can‘t paint details. 2y
wanderinglynn Pretty! Love the colors. 2y
Texreader Gorgeous!! 2y
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JGadz11
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2020 in books wasn‘t the shittiest year of reading. 💝

britt_brooke 🤩🙌🏻 Excellent, my friend! 2y
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plumwilder
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Starting this one today, and making a list of books for my next library order since the weather outside is frightful. Have you read it? What did you think?

Kristin_Reads It‘s a good one..thought-provoking! 2y
plumwilder @Kristin_Reads Glad you liked it! I expected it will be a heavy read? I‘ve read several about refugee situations this year: not on purpose exactly, but they all made me think a lot. 2y
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Yahui07
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Pickpick

It starts a bit slow but getting better. It also becomes sadder along the way. It is sadden that such kind of world actually exists and without doubt we are the lucky ones.

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BeccaR
Pickpick

Enjoyed. Easy read.

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Amy_gla
Pickpick

Absolutely heartbreaking in the best way. Must read

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mamareading
The Beekeeper of Aleppo | Christy Lefteri
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The audiobook sometimes made it difficult to understand what was going on, but it was well done. Beautifully written story full of heart. It‘s a glimpse into the stories of refugees that needs to be shared.

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ornatelyplain
The Beekeeper of Aleppo | Christy Lefteri

“He speaks with the enthusiasm of a child again, but I can detect an undertone of desperation. I know him, and what he is really saying is this: this is how the story must end; our hearts can bear no more loss.”

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TheEllieMo
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This month I‘ve been mostly watching Literature Festival events online, and adding to an already burgeoning TBR pile, so I‘ve only finished 4 books this month!!

#BookSpin: Where‘d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple ⭐️⭐️
#DoubleSpin: The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Scent of Guilt by Tony J Forder ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Beekeeper of Aleppo ⭐️⭐️⭐️

These last two both being free spaces on my #BookSpinBingo card.

Need to try harder next month!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Still a great month!! 2y
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CaitlinR
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A powerful, shattering and finally hopeful novel; and the best book I‘ve read concerning forced immigration.

Nuri and Agra flee their beloved Syria when Aleppo becomes untenable, and Nuri is threatened with conscription into al-Assad‘s army. Their journey, and those they meet, predators and helpers, will never leave my thoughts. Mustafa, Greece, Mohammed, and the wingless bee ... I wept all the way through. What a wonderful experience!

CaitlinR Photo from the NYT, 2017. Credit: 2016 Ameer Alhalbi/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images 2y
BarbaraBB Great review. I recently read this too and felt the same. (edited) 2y
CaitlinR @Tove_Reads No, I haven‘t read Last Sanctuary, thank you for the recommendation. 2y
CaitlinR @BarbaraBB Thanks! 2y
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Messiejessie
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Pickpick

This was so sad, but it is beautifully written

dottie.floating.on.words Gorgeous photo 2y
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Danielle145
Pickpick

💛💛💛💛

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BarbaraBB
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When all they care for is destroyed by war, Nuri and Afra leave their home in Aleppo to travel through a broken world. With them they carry the pain of their unspeakable loss.

The novel weaves together their dangerous journey through Turkey and Greece, and when they are in England the following year, applying for asylum.

The novel leaves me with so much compassion to Nuri and Afta and all they stand for.
A beautiful gift @Cinfhen 💝

Cathythoughts Lovely ❤️ 2y
Cinfhen Agreed, this was a truly emotional read 💕 2y
Librarybelle I loved this one! So emotional, so heartbreaking, but also a sense of hope. 2y
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TrishB I loved this too ❤️ 2y
BarbaraBB @TrishB I‘ve got your copy 💚 2y
TrishB I love that too ❤️ 2y
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TrishB
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#booked2020 #summer
Banned book - New Jim Crow
Stars were Burning Brightly- YA POC
Wine and War - Wine or Whine
Britt Marie- Eccentric MC
Beekeeper - Armchair Travel
Patron Saints - red, white or blue type

Cinfhen Woohoo 🙌🏻congrats on completing #Summer #Booked2020 👙🌞🍦📚This is your #OfficialThirdQuarterEntry 🎊🎊🎊 2y
TrishB @Cinfhen just one outstanding now ♥️ 2y
Cinfhen Oh wow!!!! Way to go 💗 2y
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Cathythoughts Well done 👏🏻🥳 2y
erzascarletbookgasm 👏 Good job! 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great job!! ♥️📚👊🏻 2y
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vlwelser
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Pickpick

This book is so beautiful. It's about seeing. Nuri and Afra are in the UK, having fled from Syria, seeking asylum. The book tells of their journey and the events leading up to it.

#BookSpinBingo square 9
@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
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BrownGirlReading
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Pickpick

I was really excited to read this book for the Booktube Prize semifinals. This is not just another refugee novel. It‘s so much more than that. Beautifully written Lefteri will rope you into caring about the main characters and you‘ll be rooting for them to the very end.

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Hannah_11
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Thousand-Lives Pretty photo! I loved this book. 2y
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Librarybelle
The Beekeeper of Aleppo | Christy Lefteri
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A Syrian refugee‘s story, told in flashbacks and present time. It‘s a soft telling, reminiscent to me of The Cellist of Sarajevo, in that there are glimpses of hope and beauty amid war and devastation. I was enamored with Lefteri‘s way of telling Nuri‘s story. This is fiction, but Lefteri uses her experience working with refugees to give voice to the thousands seeking asylum and a new life around the world.

Librarybelle Incidentally, this is another book I read and realized later that I had a #NetGalley copy. The NetGalley site isn‘t connecting for me at the moment, but when it does, I‘ll have another book ticked off for the #NetGalleyReviewathon . @sprainedbrain 2y
DGRachel Oh good. I'm glad to see I'm not the only one having issues accessing NetGalley this morning! Here's hoping the site it back up soon. This book looks really good, but heartbreaking. I keep thinking I want to read it, but I'm not sure if I can handle the emotions right now. 2y
Librarybelle @DGRachel There are good things from the book, but there are also somber moments. 2y
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Annashep
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About 20 pages in and this book has me hooked ... its my book group read for the month .. the library is still closed but we can read our book group reads electronically ..... thank goodness would not have wanted to miss this 📚📚😊😊

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ErikasMindfulShelf
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Pickpick

This was heartbreaking but excellent.

BarbaraBB I just received a copy of this, looking forward to it 💜 2y
ErikasMindfulShelf @BarbaraBB I‘m sure you‘ll love it! 2y
BarbaraBB Thanks 😘 2y
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Abailliekaras
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I joined Kate and Laura on The Book Club Review podcast to discuss The Beekeeper of Aleppo. So much fun discussing this book! Take a listen. 🎧