Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Little Bee Activism

We don't want to tell you WHAT HAPPENS in this book.
It is a truly SPECIAL STORY and we don't want to spoil it.
NEVERTHELESS, you need to know enough to buy it, so we will just say this:
This is the story of two women. Their lives collide one fateful day, and one of them has to make a terrible choice, the kind of choice we hope you never have to face. Two years later, they meet again - the story starts there ...
Once you have read it, you'll want to tell your friends about it. When you do, please don't tell them what happens. The magic is in how the story unfolds.  ~Good Reads Synopsis

This is the warning that comes with the book and I plan to stick to it but that makes it difficult to actually review and/or talk about the book other than with people who've already read it.  My thoughts are if you can handle the reality of this book then you should read it. I think it should be required reading for everyone.  
 We are blessed to live in a country where our civil rights are guaranteed.  Justice is not always what it should be here in the states but our biggest problems stem from natural disasters, stock market prices and occassional groups of terrorists rather than kangaroo courts.   We haven't had an actual war on our soil for about 146 years. Yet in many countries human rights issues are very real and often insane.  I do believe that we live in a much larger global world than our parents' generation but we still have only  a vague view on how business is conducted in many countries.  Chinese workers get paid aproximately $3.00 a day for producing goods sold at stores here in the U.S. And when a country rich in oil sells that oil through a corrupt and greedy government the people of the land are the victims in so many ways.  When we pump gas into our cars we don't see the long history of what it took to get that oil here.  We need to pay more attention to how that oil steadily streams into our internal combustion engines. With BP's recent oil spill in the Gulf Coast we should again, unrelentingly, be looking for alternative ways to fuel our cars.  We should find a way to make trains efficient at transporting us all over this country.  Instead we continue the status quo while people in oil rich lands continue to suffer, despite the oil, because of their opressive governments and big oils willingness to deal with zealots, and we don't really know the half of it. 

Seriously read this book because "when the men come" we need to be less oblivious and a little more prepared!! 
We all need a Little Bee and a Batman in our lives to remind us the world needs our help.
Click here for Chris Cleave's website.
Be Peaceful~


Melissa said...

This book has been sitting on my shelf forever. I think you've spurred me into action & I might finally read it. Thanks!

Tif Sweeney said...

I think I really, really need to pick up this book! I still have not spent my birthday present, but I think I know now what I will be getting! Thanks!

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