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Little Bee: A Novel
by Chris Cleave | Literature & Fiction
Registered by therubycanary of Portland, Maine USA on 8/7/2012
Average 8 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

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Journal Entry 1 by therubycanary from Portland, Maine USA on Tuesday, August 07, 2012

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Based on the cover and jacket of this book, there is absolutely no way to tell what the book is about. It's just a rash of praise for the book. Although I've heard it's good, I doubt it's going to live up the hype.

Addresses issues of the British mental health system, immigration from African countries, and having to face the consequences of a choice made in the past. 

Journal Entry 2 by therubycanary at Portland, Maine USA on Wednesday, March 06, 2013

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Sent to Itdpx as a wishlist item from GateGypsy.

This was a fantastic book that really delved into the issues that refugees face, and what happens at detention centers. It also looks at what happens in a global culture when people from a comfortable society experience first hand what is happening in other parts of the world, and what they choose to do about it.

There was one scene that particularly stood out to me regarding grief. One character is feeling guilty for not crying after a death, and I really related to that passage.


Journal Entry 3 by itpdx at Portland, Oregon USA on Friday, March 15, 2013

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What a wonderful surprise :) I had regretted that this wish list book slipped through my fingers in the Passport to the World VBB because I had books to replace. I was very puzzled when it arrived because I was not expecting a book from rubycanary. Thank you, Gate Gypsy for passing it on to me. 

Journal Entry 4 by itpdx at Portland, Oregon USA on Tuesday, April 28, 2015

8 out of 10

This is the story of a young Nigerian asylum seeker to the UK, Lttle Bee. The story hinges on a fateful and traumatic meeting on a Nigerian beach between Little Bee and an English couple. Little Bee has since spent two years in a detention center. From some of what is mentioned in the story, the UK like the US contracts out the running of their detention centers to private contractors. It also seems that the attitudes of the citizens in both countries are similarly conflicted when it comes to immigration.
ThIs is definitely a plot driven book which leads to at least one character, Lawrence, being completely unbelievable as he provides some plot points. But it is an interesting and compelling story.  

Journal Entry 5 by itpdx at Little Free Library (SW Leslie) in Portland, Oregon USA on Thursday, April 07, 2016

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Released 2 yrs ago (4/7/2016 UTC) at Little Free Library (SW Leslie) in Portland, Oregon USA


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