Thursday, January 20, 2011
A little late, but here's Little Bee
In November the ladies packed their cars and snow gear for a weekend getaway. We ventured over Stevens Pass to Plain, Wa (outside Leavenworth) for a cozy couple days.
As usual, the food was amazing and the wine flowed freely. There was a couple AM yoga sessions and walks in the snow. Over breakfast Saturday morning we discussed our book, Little Bee by Chris Cleeve.
It is the story of a young immigrant girl, Little Bee, from Nigeria who comes to England to find a husband and wife whom she encountered on a beach in her native land.
The story is told from the perspective of Little Bee and Sarah, the British wife. Their story is unique but at times not really very believable, however the story moved along quite well and we as a group had many topics to discuss.
We weren't too impressed with some of the decisions that Sarah makes and thought that she was needlessly endangering her own life and the life of her 5 year old son. Her reaction to certain events seemed untruthful and distant. She makes a grand gesture for a stranger and then is cold and distant when an intimate is in need.
The book jacket practically implores you to not reveal the plot to others implying a rather large "gotcha" or "wow" moment. There is some devastating violence and the death of significant characters, but perhaps we are jaded as readers we didn't have a "Crying Game" / "Sixth Sense" moment that was somewhat implied.
We think the author was attempting to comment on the shadow people who are illegal immigrants as well as the corrupt political structure in Nigeria, but both were used as plot points and thus softened somewhat.
For the most part, we liked the book, bleak as it was, but I think we enjoyed our weekend together more.