Firstly, a huge thank you to Tracy and Manilla Press for having me on this blog tour.
I didn't know what to expect from this book, I'd read the synopsis and knew it was one I wanted to read. What I got though was completely unexpected.
We follow Nuri and Afra, two Syrian refugees trying to escape Aleppo and the violence after the death of their son. Most of their family has already fled, some of whom are now in the UK. The book is set over two timelines, their journey and their experience going through the process of being granted asylum in the UK.
What I read will stay with me, despite being a work of fiction these are characters that I imagine exist. Not necessarily in the same capacity, but there will be people out there that have shared their experiences and more besides. By the end of the book, I knew both Nuri and Afra as though they were friends. It felt like I'd known them for years. They had such different mannerisms, ways of speaking etc. I was hoping for a happy ending for them, and whilst it was never fully explained if that occurred the way the book ended brought tears to my eyes. It was wonderful. I also adored Mustafa, such a brilliant side character.
I cannot, obviously account for the accuracy of their experience reaching the UK as a refugee as it isn't something I have experienced, or frankly know a great deal about in general. But, it was crafted so delicately and not only this but the mental side effects of embarking on such a journey and experiencing what this couple had were explored. It felt like a microcosm for what so many people have and still experience now.
The way the book was written was so clever, certain words linked chapters. A chapter would end with the word 'sun' for example and then the following one begins. The only separation was one large display of the word.
A truly beautiful, if heartwrenching novel.
Name: The Beekeeper of Aleppo*
Author: Christy Lefteri
Publisher: Manilla Press
Have you read The Beekeeper of Aleppo?
What did you think?
Thank you for reading,