The beekeeper of Aleppo.
Publication year: 2020
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: London : Manilla Press, 2020.
ISBN: 9781838770013 (pbk.) : 8.99
Originally published: 2019.
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.
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This book is so beautiful and tragic and enlightening. I couldn't put it down. It contains many horrors faced by the main characters but also tenderness, and hope, alongside the despair, fear and loss...almost every human emotion is here and you feel it with them. The author very skilfully draws you in and makes you invest in the characters' journey, all the while drip feeding you stories of how different their lives used to be. I can't recommend this book enough.
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