The Beekeeper of Aleppo: A Moving Tale of Triumph in the Midst of War
If you’re looking for a book that will touch your heart in all the right ways, then The Beekeeper of Aleppo is the perfect read for you. This unforgettable novel by Christy Lefteri is a beautifully crafted story that puts a human face on the Syrian war. It tells the immigrant story of a beekeeper and his wife, and how their lives were turned upside down by the conflict in their home country.
The story follows Nuri, a beekeeper, and Afra, his wife who is an artist. They live a simple but rich life in the beautiful Syrian city of Aleppo, surrounded by family and friends. Nuri rises early each morning to hear the call to prayer before tending to his bees in the countryside, while Afra sells her paintings at the open-air market on the weekends.
But then, the unimaginable happens. War breaks out, and everything they love is destroyed. Nuri and Afra have no other choice but to leave their home and embark on a perilous journey through Turkey and Greece in search of a future in Britain. Nuri is devastated by the loss of his home, but he is sustained by the knowledge that his cousin Mustafa, who is living in Yorkshire, is waiting for them.
The journey through a broken world is incredibly difficult for Nuri and Afra. They have to confront the pain of their unspeakable loss and face dangers that would overwhelm even the bravest of souls. Nuri has to navigate Afra’s grief since she lost her sight, and they have to make the difficult journey back to each other. It’s a path that was once familiar, but is now foreign due to the heartache of displacement.
This book is moving, intimate, and beautifully written. It’s a powerful reminder that the most peaceful and ordinary lives can be utterly upended in unimaginable ways, and it brings a journey in faraway lands close to home. It’s a novel that will stay with you long after you finish it.
The Beekeeper of Aleppo has won the Aspen Words Literary Prize, and it’s a finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. It’s also been named one of the best books of the year by Real Simple. It’s easy to see why. The story is both intelligent and thoughtful, but also very accessible. It speaks to so much that is happening in the world today, and everyone should read it.
The book has received widespread critical acclaim, with Esther Freud, author of Mr. Mac and Me, praising it for dipping “below the deafening headlines, and tells a true story with subtlety and power.” Daljit Nagra, author of British Museum, calls it a “compelling tale” that will grip readers with its compassion and sensual style.
The Beekeeper of Aleppo is an important book that puts a human face on the Syrian war. It’s a book that everyone should read, no matter their background or experience. It’s a beautiful story of triumph in the midst of war, and it will leave you with a renewed sense of hope and a deeper appreciation for the power of the human spirit. So pick up a copy, settle in, and prepare to be moved.
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(as of Mar 24,2023 11:33:22 UTC – Details)