February 24, 2020

The Beekeeper of Aleppo

Reviewed by Haley Flores at the Caffeinated Reader

Zaffre (May 19)
ISBN: 978-1785768927

About Haley…

I started my book blog about a year ago after I realized much of my spare time was spent reading and I needed a hobby to keep me occupied, especially during the Scottish winters! I tend to read a lot of fantasy, sci-fi, and mysteries for the adult and young adult target age range. I use my blog as an opportunity to share these reviews and to also hopefully start some bookish discussions. Really, to just do anything bookish that takes my fancy. The Caffeinated Reader blog has now become something that, I’m happy to say, defines me.

” If you’d like a book to reach your heart and soul and grip them tightly, I recommend reading this book…”

– The Caffeinated Reader

The BeekeEper of Aleppo

This book is everything that a modern-day work of literature should be. Lefteri has used a heart-breaking time in history to give us this amazing novel; today, the present. Nuri was a beekeeper in Aleppo, but the tragedy of Syria’s civil war has led him and his wife, Afra, to flee. There is nothing but heartache in Aleppo and Syria, but their journey too is long and fraught with peril and they find themselves surrounded by things that today’s society often turns its eyes from: refugee camps and the situations of the countries that lead to those camps. Nuri and Afra’s tale is tragic at times, no less than that of our actual Syrian refugees but there is more to it, and who is to say that the ending isn’t something to uplift your soul? (I’d say more but I’d hate to spoil it). If you’d like a book to reach your heart and soul and grip them tightly, I recommend reading this book which is sure to become a classic of modern literature.

I know I keep saying ‘literature’ but you read this and you think, this is the type of ‘modern’ classic that we need. There is such beauty in looking at the tragedies that through fiction reflect the lives of those living today. It’s so easy to scroll past the news of Syria, to forget about the bad things or focus on other things because there’s so much going on in the world (good and bad). However,  I feel like this is a book that should be read, that should be given attention, because I could think of nothing greater than to stir compassion through writing and basing it on factual turmoil and tragedy.

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