Little Bee

Friday, March 19, 2010

Chris Cleave, columnist for The Guardian newspaper in London, talks about his second novel, Little Bee, which tells the story of a 16-year-old Nigerian orphan and a well-off British couple whose lives intertwine.


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Leonard -

Two great guests in a row. I'm adding their books to my amazon cart.

Mar. 19 2010 12:57 PM
Ebun from Fort greene

While I like Chris as a person, I think the book little bee reflects the same biased view point of most western authors about Africa. The caricatures, the finger cutting monster, the dying rebel that went to school in the uk, the helpless girl in the detention center. African stories are always told from the vantage point of either helplessness or evil. What I don't undestand is that people that tell this stories say that they care and want to bring awareness? About what? That there is evil? Really is that news? Tell the complex stories, talk about a weddings, the culture, the language, the song and yes talk about the evil. Chris and I talked extensively about this, uwem akpan (a nigerian) made the same mistakes Chris made. Talk to Richard dowden, read his book and see that the African story is a complex one. As long as you only talk about the evil that flares up from time to time, you will miss the bigger picture. Little bee is a well written fabrication of what the west thinks Africa is!

Mar. 19 2010 12:17 PM

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