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The unforgettable love story of a mother blinded by loss and her husband who insists on their survival as they undertake the Syrian refugee trail to EuropeNuri 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 After I finished reading this I almost wasn t going to write a full review but just say that it s a heartbreaking realistic rendering of the refugee experience of people struggling to make it to a country that would provide asylum from a place where they have endured incredible loss and face imminent danger In spite of the heartache it s a beautifully written story and I highly recommend it That s all I was going to say because I thought the book was so powerful it would speak for itself But I couldn t leave it at that because this book this story deserves a few words This author deserves a few words about the amazing thing she has accomplished in this small volume Nuri the Syrian beekeeper of the title and his wife Afra make a harrowing journey from Syria through Turkey and Greece to the UK a hard journey traumatic at times from what Nuri sees and does there and the past he dreams about Afra his wife is suffering blinded by the bombing is grieving an unimaginable loss to most of us Nuri cares for her seemingly so strong in the face of the adversity that has fallen on them but he too is suffering and it manifests itself in such a heartbreaking way He too is suffering from the loss has witnessed horrific things and has lost his livelihood caring for bees in a business with his cousin The loss of everything they held dear and now this profound grief and sense of displacement As I read this I wondered about Christy Lefteri and how she could be so intimately engaged in their sorrow and their struggle Then I read her note at the end and realized that her deep compassion emanates from her experiences as a volunteer with refugees from listening to their stories and from a personal connection to refugees her parents This article describes that connection I loved the writing how she seamlessly bridges the past to the present through flashbacks and through Nuri s dreams and nightmares and by connecting one chapter to another by a word The last word of each chapter is continued with the title of the next chapter and that word begins the first sentence of that chapter I found this very affecting This is not a very long book but it is not a uick one to read It is incredibly sad and some of the images were reminiscent of the horrific ones I ve seen on TV as the refugee crisis is front and center in the news I have read a number of novels about immigrants but none until now about the journey to asylum This is a stunning portrayal profoundly emotional and thought provoking If I had written a shorter review I would have said you need to read thisI received an advanced copy of this book from Random HouseBallantine through NetGalley Cenote volume Nuri the Syrian beekeeper of the title and his wife Afra make a harrowing journey from Syria through Turkey and Greece to the UK a hard journey traumatic at times from what Nuri sees and does there and the past he dreams about Afra his wife is suffering blinded by the bombing is grieving an unimaginable loss to most of us Nuri cares for her seemingly so strong in the face of the adversity that has fallen on them but he too is suffering and it manifests itself in such a heartbreaking way He too is suffering from the loss has witnessed horrific things and has lost his livelihood caring for bees in a business with his cousin The loss of everything they held dear and now this profound grief and sense of displacement As I read this I wondered about Christy Lefteri and how she could be so intimately engaged in their sorrow and their struggle Then I read her note at the end and realized that her deep compassion emanates from her experiences as a Sottomissione volunteer with refugees from listening to their stories and from a personal connection to refugees her parents This article describes that connection I loved the writing how she seamlessly bridges the past to the present through flashbacks and through Nuri s dreams and nightmares and by connecting one chapter to another by a word The last word of each chapter is continued with the title of the next chapter and that word begins the first sentence of that chapter I found this Dragon Age: Hard in Hightown very affecting This is not a The Isles very long book but it is not a uick one to read It is incredibly sad and some of the images were reminiscent of the horrific ones I KING ve seen on TV as the refugee crisis is front and center in the news I have read a number of novels about immigrants but none until now about the journey to asylum This is a stunning portrayal profoundly emotional and thought provoking If I had written a shorter review I would have said you need to read thisI received an advanced copy of this book from Random HouseBallantine through NetGalley

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Hrough 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 they must journey to find each other againMoving powerful compassionate and beautifully written The Beekeeper of Aleppo is a testament to the triumph of the human spirit It is the kind of book that reminds us of the power of storytelli What does it mean if we no longer grieve for what we lost Do we legitimize the things we have lost or broken by holding on to our grief What does it mean to carry memoriesThe story begins with Nuri the husband and main character who narrates the story engulfed in the dark grey abyss of his wife s blind eyes His wife Afra was left blinded by the war and is left with only her own recollection But what does it mean to see What does it mean to love Revolutionized by the Syrian Civil War a war that was not their decision to be involved in or part of Nuri leaves his apiaries in Aleppo behind and journeys with Afra from Syria to the UK in hopes of obtaining asylum to create a safe and improved future Their immigration tale tornadoes a state of mental trauma and emotional hardships that endure homelessness while surviving murderers starvation and ethical barriers Nuri and Afra s journey from Syria to their ultimate destination is told through Nuri s flashbacks in bits and pieces The bees that Nuri often recounts from his life in Aleppo represent the deep metaphorical allegories for their lives their immigration experience and the state of Syria This story is not about war but rather the strenuous effects of war on the mind and body It contains disturbing content and I would recommend reading this while in a good state of mind I would consider this a good novel for this interested in the constructs of culture and the influence of sociology Many thanks to Netgalley and Random House Ballantine for this copy Opinions are my own For on this topic Syrian Refugee CrisisFast Facts of Syrian Civil WarNonfiction books that I recommend on this topicShatter the Nations ISIS and the War for the Caliphate by Mike GiglioGuest House for Young Widows Among the Women of Isis by Azadeh MoaveniIn the novel Nuri and Afra stay at Pedion tou Areos with other refugees Picture of a migrant camp set up at Pedion tou Areos park in Athens

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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 beesAs Nuri and Afra travel t The Beekeeper of Aleppo gives names and faces to the glimpses we ve had of the people that became Syrian refugees People who were living their lives working their jobs raising their families and enjoying everyday home life until the war and fighting finally blew up their existence and killed their friends neighbors and family All that is left to do is to wait to be killed or die a slow death of starvation and lack of everything a human needs to survive We meet Nuri a beekeeper who has lost his hives and bees and his blind wife Afra They have suffered the worst loss of all and still must find a way to keep living if they can find the will to keep living in their war ravaged world Nuri s beekeeping partner and cousin Mustafa urges Nuri to find a way to get to Yorkshire where Mustafa started an apiary and is training other refugees to raise bees Nuri must convince his wife Afra whose heart and spirit are broken by all that they have lost to make the journey with him What they ve already seen and suffered is than they can shoulder but now they must endure even as they make the long dangerous journey through strange lands and bureaucratic paperwork that has the power to throw their lives right back into the hell of their homeland We meet others that are trying to find a home away from persecution war and the surety of death if they are made to return to the places that they are fleeing Privacy personal space all that they knew as home and family are gone and it s hard to imagine how anyone can have the hope and willpower to keep fighting when they are so beaten into the ground Christy Lefteri knows what she is writing about because she worked with refugees and saw their suffering and anguish and did what she could do to help them Her love of these hurting people is so very clear in the way she writes about them and I thank her helping me to really see what these refugees go through to find a place where they can be eat sleep and be safe again Published August 27th 2019Thank you to Random House Publishing Group Ballantine and NetGalley for this ARC The Isles ve had of the people that became Syrian refugees People who were living their lives working their jobs raising their families and enjoying everyday home life until the war and fighting finally blew up their existence and killed their friends neighbors and family All that is left to do is to wait to be killed or die a slow death of starvation and lack of everything a human needs to survive We meet Nuri a beekeeper who has lost his hives and bees and his blind wife Afra They have suffered the worst loss of all and still must find a way to keep living if they can find the will to keep living in their war ravaged world Nuri s beekeeping partner and cousin Mustafa urges Nuri to find a way to get to Yorkshire where Mustafa started an apiary and is training other refugees to raise bees Nuri must convince his wife Afra whose heart and spirit are broken by all that they have lost to make the journey with him What they KING ve already seen and suffered is than they can shoulder but now they must endure even as they make the long dangerous journey through strange lands and bureaucratic paperwork that has the power to throw their lives right back into the hell of their homeland We meet others that are trying to find a home away from persecution war and the surety of death if they are made to return to the places that they are fleeing Privacy personal space all that they knew as home and family are gone and it s hard to imagine how anyone can have the hope and willpower to keep fighting when they are so beaten into the ground Christy Lefteri knows what she is writing about because she worked with refugees and saw their suffering and anguish and did what she could do to help them Her love of these hurting people is so Ty jesteś moje imię very clear in the way she writes about them and I thank her helping me to really see what these refugees go through to find a place where they can be eat sleep and be safe again Published August 27th 2019Thank you to Random House Publishing Group Ballantine and NetGalley for this ARC

  • Hardcover
  • 317
  • The Beekeeper of Aleppo
  • Christy Lefteri
  • English
  • 06 August 2017
  • 9781984821218

About the Author: Christy Lefteri

Christy Lefteri was born in London in 1980 to Greek Cypriot parents who moved to London in 1974 during the Turkish invasion She completed a degree in English and a Masters in creative writing at Brunel University She taught English to foreign students and then became a secondary school teacher before leaving to pursue a PhD and to write She is also studying to become a psychotherapist



10 thoughts on “The Beekeeper of Aleppo

  1. says:

    “Refugees didn’t just escape a place They had to escape a thousand memories until they’d put enough time and distance between them and their misery to wake to a better day” ― Nadia Hashimi When the Moon is LowNuri was a beekeeper in Aleppo Syria his wife Afra an artist of course this was before the war that was t

  2. says:

    After I finished reading this I almost wasn’t going to write a full review but just say that it’s a heartbreaking realistic rendering of the refugee experience of people struggling to make it to a country that would provide asylum from a place where they have endured incredible loss and face imminent dange

  3. says:

    I didn’t wrongly type those dots I’m speechless and still trying to gather the broken pieces of my heart but when i glue the cru

  4. says:

    The Beekeeper of Aleppo gives names and faces to the glimpses we've had of the people that became Syrian refugees People who were living their lives working their jobs raising their families and enjoying everyday home life until the war and fighting finally blew up their existence and killed their friends neighbors and family All that is left to do is to wait to be killed or die a slow death of starvation and lack of e

  5. says:

    45In 2015 Nuri and his wife Afra from Aleppo Syria decide to leave their war ravaged country where they suffered many losses to make a very dangerous journey through Turkey and Greece with their final destination being EnglandThe story weaves together two timelines the journey and their time in England while awaiting asylumIt’s very difficu

  6. says:

    From its first pages this book will hit you hard It depicts Nuri and his wife Afra and the disintegration of their life in Syria and their arduous journey to asylum in England They lost their son to a bomb Both are suffering from PTSD although their symptoms are markedly different What can I say about a book like this It is heartrending It’s beautifully written It comes across as totally real But I still struggled with it It

  7. says:

    What does it mean if we no longer grieve for what we lost Do we legitimize the things we have lost or broken by holding on to our grief What does it mean to carry memoriesThe story begins with Nuri the husband and main character who narrates the story engulfed in the dark grey abyss of his wife’s blind eyes His wife Afr

  8. says:

    Who knew bees 🐝 could be so beautiful The humming the worker all caught up in their world of making honey that is likened to gold So preciousSuch a vivid and tragic story of a couple Nuri the beekeeper and his blind wife Afra an artist Both making the difficult decision to leave Syria and make the treacherous journey to Britain

  9. says:

    Once I started reading this it didn’t take long until I noticed the gorgeous writing But then there’s Always I wasn’t expecting to feel like a sardine packed inside a refugee camp in AthensI wasn’t expecting to treasure a little boy’s hope Sami while he built a house out of Legos because he was going t

  10. says:

    What a thought provoking and haunting piece of fiction beautifully written and the reader does get a horrifying glimpse into the refugee and as

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