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The Beekeeper of Aleppo


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After finishing the book, describe how you felt in one word.

Created: 06/17/20

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davinamw

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After finishing the book, describe how you felt in one word.

After finishing the book, describe how you felt in one word.


Posted Jun. 26, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
ScribblingScribe

Join Date: 02/29/16

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RE: After finishing the book, describe how you felt in one word.

Sad. This story represents so many refugee stories and they are all fraught with hardships and loss.


Posted Jun. 26, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
leslieh

Join Date: 02/03/12

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RE: After finishing the book, describe how you felt in one word.

Overwhelmed. How do people get through so much tragedy yet keep going?


Posted Jun. 26, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
mildas

Join Date: 05/11/16

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RE: After finishing the book, describe how you felt in one word.

RELIEVED. I was relieved when I finished the book. Immigration is an issue that has been with us forever. Wars destroy lives, families, homes and civilizations. Immigrants seek a new start in life but the tragedies that they have lived through are forever locked in their memory. I can’t explain why this book did not move me. I just could not relate to the narrator.


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renem

Join Date: 12/01/16

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RE: After finishing the book, describe how you felt in one word.

Ashamed. I was feeling frustrated because of the stay-at-home orders when I should have been focused on how fortunate I was for many other reasons.


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AmberH

Join Date: 05/09/18

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RE: After finishing the book, describe how you felt in one word.

Relieved. What an incredible journey. They all deserve a moment to hold each other.


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momo

Join Date: 04/03/19

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RE: After finishing the book, describe how you felt in one word.

Stressed. Their immigration status not approved at the end of the book. And after they saw Muhammed all I could think was I hope they make it. I would hate for them to have come this far and then be denied. I dont know if they could handle anymore.


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ilenem

Join Date: 04/17/19

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RE: After finishing the book, describe how you felt in one word.

Stressed.


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carolt

Join Date: 03/25/17

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RE: After finishing the book, describe how you felt in one word.

Exhausted.


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catherynez

Join Date: 01/27/18

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RE: After finishing the book, describe how you felt in one word.

Sad


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kimk

Join Date: 10/16/10

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RE: After finishing the book, describe how you felt in one word.

I'm also going to go with "sad."


Posted Jun. 29, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
Loveslife

Join Date: 08/01/15

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RE: After finishing the book, describe how you felt in one word.

Emotional-I know there is so much about the human experience past and present that in my currently safe corner of the world I have never faced. I feel love and compassion for others is integral for human beings to survive.


Posted Jun. 30, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
JustSP

Join Date: 06/30/20

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RE: After finishing the book, describe how you felt in one word.

Sad....but hopeful. While I did love the book, the sadness and heaviness was ever present. On one hand, I feel that was what the author intended, especially in light of reading her post script. The most beautiful moments were when she wrote about the bees and what it meant to Niru.


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beckys

Join Date: 08/12/16

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RE: After finishing the book, describe how you felt in one word.

Thoughtful .. thinking about all of their horrible experiences and wondering what We can do to make that journey easier .


Posted Jul. 03, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
ireneh

Join Date: 11/22/19

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RE: After finishing the book, describe how you felt in one word.

Challenged. I felt very connected to the character's suffering. That made me think of what I could do as an individual to help to mitigate the awful surge of displaced persons around the world. I contemplated political complications here which keep us from helping as we should, and international NGOs to which I could contribute even a little. I think that any book which makes you think beyond its narrative borders should be considered a good book and an important read.


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Lavender

Join Date: 01/29/19

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RE: After finishing the book, describe how you felt in one word.

Heartbreaking.


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Tired Bookreader

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RE: After finishing the book, describe how you felt in one word.

Sorrowful


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jamiek

Join Date: 11/21/17

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RE: After finishing the book, describe how you felt in one word.

Awed— that two people could endure so much, and still have hope.


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cathyoc

Join Date: 04/26/17

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RE: After finishing the book, describe how you felt in one word.

Thankful. The author did an amazing job of describing the journey to freedom. She made me feel very fortunate to be born in a country not torn apart by war.


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acstrine

Join Date: 02/06/17

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RE: After finishing the book, describe how you felt in one word.

I'm impressed that so many of you stuck to the question- -I'm not sure that I can just give one feeling! I felt:

angry at leaders who abuse their positions of power for personal gain and inflict unnecessary suffering on those they are charged to protect

compassion for those who love their homes and beautiful countries but are forced through no fault of their own to leave

shame that so many countries refuse to help or provide a safe place or send food, shelter, social workers, doctors, counselors...

powerless

I'm not even sure if I felt relieved or hopeful because Mustafa found Nuri and Afra. They have only been through part one of their interview process. What if they are rejected for asylum? What if they are accepted but the Moroccan man is not? How can there not be enough room on this planet for all people to live safely?


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carolf

Join Date: 07/10/14

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RE: After finishing the book, describe how you felt in one word.

Ignorant. Reading or watching the news does not describe what these people are going through.


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sallyh

Join Date: 09/07/12

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RE: After finishing the book, describe how you felt in one word.

Exhausted.


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MimiJo

Join Date: 02/28/20

Posts: 11

RE: After finishing the book, describe how you felt in one word.

Happy that their journey was complete and they would have hope to survive in a new country, building a new life. And while they will never forget their son or their country, perhaps there is a future for them as a couple and a family.


Posted Jul. 11, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
EricaM

Join Date: 09/29/13

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RE: After finishing the book, describe how you felt in one word.

Sad. Profoundly sad. I found it difficult to keep reading forward (as opposed to those books you pick up that you just can't put down) and had to take regular breaks. I had a good, hard cry at the end. And then went back to the beginning to see how the story had started. I thought it was a well-crafted story about a very difficult situation. It is good for us to be reminded of how hard it is for people to be refugees. It should make us more empathetic.


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djcminor

Join Date: 03/14/19

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RE: After finishing the book, describe how you felt in one word.

Drained


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poniesnpearls

Join Date: 06/28/11

Posts: 48

RE: After finishing the book, describe how you felt in one word.

Sad.


Posted Jul. 14, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
Brittany P.

Join Date: 07/14/20

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RE: After finishing the book, describe how you felt in one word.

Emotional.

I think this is likely the most accurate because I was feeling so many different emotions at once. I also had a difficult time putting into words how I felt about this book and needed to sit with my thoughts for a day before I could really write down how this book made me feel.


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