- Hardcover: 355 pages
- Publisher: Sceptre; 1st edition (7 Aug. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0340963409
- ISBN-13: 978-0340963401
- Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 20.7 x 3.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (374 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,031,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Other Hand Hardcover – 7 Aug 2008
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A powerful piece of art... shocking, exciting and deeply affecting...[a] superb novel... Besides sharp, witty dialogue, an emotionally charged plot and the vivid characters' ethical struggles, THE OTHER HAND delivers a timely challenge to reinvigorate our notions of civilized decency. (Independent)
Searingly eloquent. (Daily Mail)
It would be hard not to romp through it. (Financial Times)
An ambitious and fearless gallop from the jungles of Africa via a shocking encounter on a Nigerian beach to the media offices of London and domesticity in leafy suburbia...Cleave immerses the reader in the worlds of his characters with an unshakable confidence. (Guardian)
totally believable... the author has a knack of explaining human suffering... I look forward to his next offering. (Daily Express)
impresses as a feat of literary engineering... the plot exerts a fearsome grip. (Telegraph)
You stay in thrall to the bittersweet end. (Scotland on Sunday )
By turns funny, sad and shocking (Sainsburys Magazine)
Warm, witty and beautifully written. (Sunday Tribune)
In a novel that tackles serious and uncomfortable subject matter, Cleave's writing makes one laugh and despair in equal measure. (4 stars) (Time Out)
A better book than Chris Cleave's THE OTHER HAND may be published this year, but I wouldn't bet on it. This exquisitely written story of a Nigerian refugee and a British glossy magazine editor is the most powerful novel I've read in a long time. . . it's also a very funny book about brave, funny people who the reader quickly grows to love. . . But the heart of the book is Little Bee; naïve yet insightful and sophisticated, damaged yet capable of great courage and humour, she is an unforgettable character. I finished THE OTHER HAND in tears, and I still can't get it out of my head. Just read it. (The Gloss)
I felt the same excitement discovering this as I did Marina Lewycka's A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian and Paul Torday's Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. There is an urgency here, an inability to put it down and a deep sense of loss once finished. It is a very special book indeed. Profound, deeply moving and yet light in touch, it explores the nature of loss, hope, love and identity with atrocity its backdrop. Read it and think deeply. (Sarah Broadhurst, Bookseller)
Stunning... a haunting work of art. (Newsweek on INCENDIARY)
Chris Cleave has the ability to create moving and beautiful scenes within a terrifying backdrop. I couldn't put it down; it's subversive, thought-provoking and well-written. (Observer, Books of the Year on INCENDIARY)
Richly sardonic and often disarmingly poignant... How can one fail to be impressed and moved? (Guardian on INCENDIARY)
Cleave's heroine is by turns funny, sad, flawed, sympathetic, both damaged and indomitable, and triumphantly convincing. (Sunday Telegraph on INCENDIARY)
The stunning second novel from the author of INCENDIARY and GOLD.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
- the dialogues become, as you go further more and more theatrical and not plausible; I feel like there is a theatre play, the characters don't talk to each other, they use each other as excuses to communicate something to the reader. Sad and annoying.
- the discussion between Little Bee and Lawrence is a total peak of this absolutely not-possible dialogues.. she is bold, almost aggressive, you know, like any 16-year-old, virgin, scared of men, Nigerian girl in a foreign country; she psych-analyses the guy she only met a few hours, passes judgements, peppered with words of wisdom; they both seem to be emotional wrecks that move from one idea to another, from one feeling to another rapidly, randomly, Brownian..
- as others said, for a woman to take her child along with her in a dangerous country, where she was previously hurt is simply impossible. No one does that.
- and yes, Charlie becomes an annoying personage along the way, is just tiring; his grammar mistakes are like nothing I've seen at children that learn English as their first language. But that's just minor compared to the rest..
To be honest I believe I wasted too much time with this book. And don't recommend to anyone to do the same..
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