The Beekeeper of Aleppo
By Christy Lefteri
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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. Above all – and perhaps this is the hardest thing they face – they must journey to find each other again.
A painful reminder or how lucky we all are. A couple who are raised in their beautiful country, with dreams, happiness and hope ahead of them are stripped of it all as their life becomes a battle of surviving: mentally and emotionally. A novel of loss and hope.
Fascinating read but so very sad. The resilience of Nuri and Afra as human beings is outstanding. It just goes to show what humans are capable of when life as they knew it had been taken from them. The description of trauma and kindness both shown made me want to cry.
Read with Gloucester Book Club. Deeply moving story about a bereaved couple fleeing Aleppo to the UK. Well written novel, plenty to think about and brings the plight of refugees up closer than through media stories. This one should be on everyone’s list!
A powerful story, beautifully told. Harsh but hopeful.