What’s the Buzz?
January 14, 2013
Some of my thoughts on Chris Cleave’s Little Bee.
- A story like I’ve never read before.
I found the it has the ability to make a person think twice about thinking twice while making them realize that thinking may not even matter if fate is to play out above all anyway. (Slight connection to Hamlet here since his death was pretty much inevitable seeing as he over thought throughout the play without acting, and when he did act, fate came through and he died by the actions of Laertes and Claudius, not his own. )
- This book left me emotionally scarred.
I do not recommend this book to the faint-hearted. Truths tend to be ugly, and it may be hard to believe that such horrors do occur even in today’s world.
- I disliked the ending.
There’s just something about the unresolved endings that bother me. I see cliffhanger endings as only leaving one major question unanswered, and then perhaps a sequel to answer these questions (if necessary and key to plot). In Little Bee, I was left with four questions. Did the soldiers leave Sarah? Why is Charlie happy? Is Little Bee mad? (I didn’t quite understand her behaviour at the end)
What happens to her?!
Well, those were the more significant of my thoughts, and even though I didn’t like the ending too much, Chris Cleave’s Little Bee is definitely worthwhile. Who knows, maybe you have a different opinion on the ending.