The Beekeeper of Aleppo
In the midst of war, he found love
In the midst of darkness, he found courage
In the midst of tragedy, he found hope
The Beekeeper of Aleppo
What will you find from his story?
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.
Moving, powerful, compassionate and beautifully written, The Beekeeper of Aleppo is a testament to the triumph of the human spirit. Told with deceptive simplicity, it is the kind of book that reminds us of the power of storytelling.
‘This is a novel of international significance. Courageous, provocative, haunting, it will open our eyes’
Heather Morris, author of The Tattooist of Auschwitz
Quotes from the book :
But in Syria there is a saying: inside the person you know, there is a person you do not know.”
My review :
A love story that leaves an impact on your mind. Story of Syrian refugees Nuri , a beekeeper and his wife Afra, an artist. Living happily in Aleppo, Syria and then suddenly their life takes a turn. Due to change in events, Arfa losing her eyesight and they travel from Syria to England as refugees to join their friend Mustafa. This book is about the perilous journey embarked by Noori and Afra. Both have lost so much, unspeakable pain and dangers they face in this journey, crossing various countries to reach England. The events that they face emotionally and physically during the journey are overwhelming. Both have lost an emotional connect and their effort to revive each other’s emotion with compassion is extremely touching.
It is one of those book which is emotionally powerful and soul searching. It is a beautifully written story of compassion, love triumph of human spirit. A book that always remains in your memory.
My ratings: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐