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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc; Library ed edition (14 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400141710
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400141715
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 2.3 x 16.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (374 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,419,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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)

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)

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) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The bestselling second novel from the author of GOLD and INCENDIARY --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The story of Little Bees trials was quite compelling initially. I was particularly taken by the understanding of how different forms of English can be as easily misunderstood as an alien language. The politics of 'Nigeria' and oil seemed very sketchy and caricatured. I found I had little sympathy for Sarah or her lover, and her child-rearing attitudes were somewhat bewildering. The plot collapsed into nonsense when she couldn't find him and starts calling him by his given name rather than the one he answers to. Up till that point it was a good read and quite fascinating.
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Well written and entertaining. Worth reading with an unexpected twist in the end. Recommended
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By Jan on 14 Jun. 2017
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This book drew me in more and more. It made me question loyalty, love, fear, compassion and told of consequences of hiding shame and trauma
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Really enjoyed reading this
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This book certainly seems to divide opinions! It is a very easy read. It starts well, with Little Bee's escape from the detention centre, and its subject matter - the plight of detained immigrants and the Nigerian background - is fine. However, as it develops, it weakens. The English characters are stereotypical - an anguished 'Times' journalist, the self-made wife who runs a fashion magazine, the self-deprecating Home Office middleman Lawrence. There is also Little Bee, the asylum seeker, who is certainly not stereotypical and is, indeed, the most interesting part of the book, but there is something false about her too. It just isn't very well written (immediately after I had read it I began 'Wolf Hall, the Booker prizewinning novel and wow! what a difference) and as a result it does not convince. There are purple passages of description, dialogue which doesn't quite ring true and internal monologue which is just too matter-of-fact to fit the desperate situation the characters find themselves in. The crucial child character Batman/Charlie doesn't work, for me, even if, as the author seems to say in the afterword, he is based on the author's son. Oddly, I think the book does just about work as an allegory - Charlie representing a naive worldview of goodies and baddies, Sarah a concerned but very middle-class-English-privileged perception and Little Bee the inevitable victim, saintly and doomed. But it clearly is not meant to be such ; everything about it, down to the quotation of the various official documents relating to detention of foreign nationals in the afterword, suggests that we are to believe in it literally. And that, too often, I could not do.
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The blurb on the back of the book promised so much without 'giving away the surprise'. For me the only surprise after a promising opening chapter was disappointment in the poor characterisation of the rest. The author kept repeating that life was beautiful despite the tragedy, but failing to show us how. The only memorably beautiful image was that of a little boy in a batman outfit, an image that soon began to cloy through overuse.
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I am quite sure that the 6 weeks it took the writer to come up with this book are no exaggeration. This book feels rushed, not polished, not given a second thought.. More like a race to write it than actually giving it some attention. And really, I could go on forever with examples..
- 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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excellent
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