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You will be able to make calls and use prepaid data, and the best part about this… it does NOT require a Jailbreak! Setting up an iPhone as a prepaid phone is actually very easy.
Then all you need to do is:. Once you have the new GoPhone sim in the iPhone you can use it as you would with any other prepaid phone and make all the calls you want. At this point you can make all the calls you want using the pay as you go model, but you are unable to use any data unless your iPhone is connected to WiFi.
So your iPhone now makes calls fine but you want to use wireless data as well… no problem. Here are the steps:. To test that the prepaid data plan is working, disable WiFi on the iPhone and look at the upper left carrier signal to see if Edge or 3G text appears, this will show you if the data plan is working.
This solution is described with screenshots by TheAppleBlog if you run into any confusion. This exact process works the same on other carriers around the world, according to TheAppleBlog. The same process will work with the iPhone 4 as well, but since the iPhone 4 uses a micro sim card you would have to either trim down the prepaid sim which is a tedious process, or find another solution. Subscribe to the OSXDaily newsletter to get more of our great Apple tips, tricks, and important news delivered to your inbox!
Enter your email address below:. Yes they sure do! You can go the walmart and it is back where the phones are. They are called Go phones. I regularly change out my sim data card with pay as you go card using both cards on a 3GS and have no problem. Hard to believe there is no pre-paid data plan on a SIM available in the biggest, richest, tech-famous country in the world.
Does this also work with SIM cards bought on ebay etc for example this one: My wife will be travelling to the US and will be there for a week, phone is a priority although dataplan would be nice. Yes that should work but you should get Skype as a backup since you can use Skype over WiFi if all else fails. I did a jb and unlock on my iPhone before taking it to Europe and just bought a local sim, worked fine.
I have an iPhone that is out of contract but still in service, and want to take my existing phone number with me and do this. I would start there. It was hard to get them to do it. I had to go to two different stores until I found a cooperative store manager. Yes, I did it. I have my original iPhone and I do mean the first generation! You really have to put the time into it. The period is part of the written word. You can find it on your keyboard. You may like it.
It will make reading your posts so much easier. I just bought a cheapo att go phone and activated it then put my sim card out of it in my iphone change apn settings and all is good.
I would be careful with sims from other prepaid phones. The sim cards are locked to the prepaid phone for 6 months. I activated the sim card online and had no problems. And, yes, I have a brand new not-yet-activated sim card, and I understand I can activate it pretty easily. But can I activate it and give it my existing iPhone phone number? I think I am in the same situation. I have an iphone 3g at the end of its contract. I would like to keep the number on the iphone but switch to prepaid Go Phone minutes and worry about the data plan later.
I really want to keep my iPhone with the existing number. Anyone know an workable way to do that? THANK you a ton for figuring this out. I was going nuts. Is it actually unlimited, or is it gonna run out? Well I got it to work in my girlfriends iphone, but im having problems with mine. Then I would make sure you have the proper carrier file and settings.
Ok so I thought it was because it was 3. I tried the APN thing but when I click create profile it says it cant create the profile. Have you found out if it is in fact unlimited data? Will At and t charge me for using the data doing it the way this article describes?
I am looking at this to process credit cards. With pre paid is uning this to process credit cards at a remote site going to cost me a bunch of money? Luckily, my SIM is data enabled. I am thinking of purchasing a friends iphone.
He upgraded to a torch so I believe the iphone is off of his account. I would like to use it on att prepaid. My only question is what about activating it through itunes? Does this process bypass that? Thanks for your help! Hey i have a 3G iphone 8G had bought thre phone using another friends name service the bill got to out of hand sharing the plan got stuck with the phone do not want to get rid of it but can i buy a pay as you go 3G wireless that way i can still use my wireless on the phone and pay per month and not have to connect to any unlocked wireless network around me?
My brother from Canada just gave me his iphone 4 unlocked. I have a really old prepaid sim card, bought it when it is still called Cingular, it is a 64k smart chip, do I need to purchase a new 3g sim card in order to work with the iphone? Also i forgot to ask where does anyone recommend I can buy a new i phone and does it have to be unlocked sorry for all the lame questions ,thank you.
Does this also work on other prepaid plans? Will it still work on something like Tracfone? Can anyone please tell me what mb of data is good for? Like, how much could I use the internet on 3G? Picked up a go phone and activated it a few days ago. Used it while my used iphone was in the mail. I put the go phone sim in but no dice? The iphone says no service. How should I proceed? Then I had to go through iTunes to activate it on the iPhone.
By the way, they sell the sim card already activated, so there is no need to activate it online or anything else. Hey Mario, just read that you bought an iPhone 4 without contract. Did they give you the Micro Sims or Normal Sims? Apparently the go phone sim cards are locked to the phone for the first days. I called customer service and they unlocked it.
Now the phone works great. When you enable data do you need a data package? If you will primarily use data in wifi spots but just want the ability to connect just in case while away from hot spots do you need to add a data package?
Then it should work. With a little fiddling around I even managed to get the data plan to work. Can you elaborate on what u had to do to get the data plan to work? I even tried reinstalling with other US carriers. Thanks for any help u can offer! Do i have to activate the card on another phone and then switch the card to my iphone? So far it works.
The only thing i had her do is turn off 3G an Delilah data and just use wifi. You have to have celular data on to receive picture messages though… So nxt month ill have her turn on celular data and ser how it goes. Does this process also enable the use of apps—downloading and using?
Hi i have a first gen iphone unlocked and i activated my gophone with the sim and stuck it in my iphone, however its saying i have no service: It does enable app downloading. Ok I have read over all 71 comments and I still have 1 question that seems to have gone unanswered.. If I go purchase an activated gophone sim and put it into the iphone…is my only option for data the mb plan??!! I only use the web for maybe facebook every now and then and google searches..
However my voice service is still working on the iPhone; I can still originate and terminate voice calls using the old SIM and phone number with Gophone service on my iPhone, but my old voicemail greeting is no longer working. Is my new Gophone voice service going to stop working after I reboot my iPhone? If it is working fine, you do not need do anything. You can add the data package here: Can anyone help me, I got the gophone sim to work in my iphone, but can not get the data thing to work.
Is it blocked where you can not use the data? If it is blocked, will they let you add a data plan to an already unlimited plan????? I read everything on here and I still wonder the same thing, does anybody have any recent experiences with this? Yes, but you have to add a data plan. I have a jailboken iPhone 3G in my house. I do not need or want 3G. I have an iphone 3gs. I purchased what I thought was a refurbed Samsung gophone however when it arrived it was new.
The sim is locked to this phone for 6 months. Can anyone provide the exact details on activating the new sim without using the IMEI number from the go phone. I have also set up a go phone account. The IMEI number is not important. After activating the Sim Card, put the card in the iPhone. Ok I have a used iPhone 3g.. I have followed these instructions to a T, restarted the phone and I see the 3G symbol at the top but when I go to Safari I get this message: I am having the same problem as Brittany.
I read somewhere that the phone is in recovery mode, but not exactly sure what to do about it. Help for the common everyday person would be a HUGE plus. Hi I have a Iphone 3gs Im trying to use for a go phone. Most likely the phone number on the old Sim Card is no longer valid due to non-use. New card is probably needed. They probably will give you a new one at no charge. Ok, I checked the phone today, and it apparrently has minutes left on it, i was able to send text and use the phone, so im assuming just getting a new sim card should work in my iphone?
Actually none of this matters, now. I want to buy an iphone 4. Will it work as a go phone through Boost Mobile and how do I do that…get a new sim from Boost? OR, would I do better going through Net10 and do I need to buy a Net10 phone for the new sim card and activate it in the iphone? Are there any suggestions, the main reason I wanted the phone on prepaid was to use the internet.
So I understand before I do this. If i purchase a used I phone I can use my sim card in it. I have gophone My question is, I have a iphone 3g and a pre paid plan but I can not recieve any pictures that come from other phones only iphones! Is there anyway to fix it so I still recieve pictures? I have a question we have been stationed overseas for three years and bought our 3GS iphones here.
Can I bring this phoen back to the US and put a prepaid sim card in it or do I need to unlock it since it is an international phone? I want to buy an unlocked iphone 3gs. I have an prepaid sim card, do i need get new one? I just recently setup my iphone 3gs with ATT prepaid. I then took the sim card out put it in my iphone and it did not work. Called ATT support and asked to have the sim unlocked. I then put it back in the iphone and voila!
I got a new phone number to go with it. Plug it into my old iPhone 3 still locked to ATT and it just works!!! The 3G data is active but I did not test it as I have no idea how the charge will reflect. Instead I turn off 3G and Celluar Data. I have a 3gs and it has the 5. Please please someone shed a little light. In stead of buyin a new phone… y dnt u jus go to da mall and jus ask for a new simcard… ihts free.
I just updated my iphone 4 to the IOS 6 and cant send or receive pics can i buy the 20 unlimited data card and will that work for pictures?
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What is everday madness. To me this makes your fiction very real. Hi Anna — thank you for your thoughtful comments, and for reading the novel in the first place. Hi Chris, I recently read Little Bee and found it to be interesting on many levels. In describing how Andrew dies, you mention that he was on an anti-depressant drug called Ciprolax. I wonder why you mentioned any drug name at all?
And why that drug in particular? Do you know someone who was on that drug and took his life? Have you witnessed that kind of death? I loved your novel and I value it as much as any I have read in quite a while. If the story had any fault it was only in its necessary poignancy. As an aspiring novelist myself, I encourage you to continue to write meaningful and significant stories of the same ilk, of which there is certainly no abundance in the world.
I listened to little bee on audiobook downloaded from my library. I feel it educated me about the plight of refugees. The humor and normal ness of Sarah made the violence real rather than sensational. I will recommend it to my friends as well as try to get your other books and the authors you recommend in your interview.
I like the hard choices in the book. I enjoyed reading most of your story but found it totally unrealistic that a mother would risk taking her child to the very country that nearly ended her life and was responsible for her husbands death. I also thought the lack of a detailed ending left the story incomplete. I loved Little Bee, Sarah and the humor.
It also opened my eyes to the whole refugee debate happening in Australia at the moment so thank you for that. I look forward to discussing it at book club this week. Cleave, I loved your writing style but the abysmal detailed violence in this book was off-putting. I have a feeling that if you relaxed and wrote something light you would be as funny and exhilarating as Michael Frayn.
Looking forward to some diversity. The book was well written and hard to put down. Many parts of the story horrified me to the point of tears….
I have to admit that the ending was a big disappointment, but it was in fact realistic. I just wanted so badly for things to work out for Udo, Sarah and Charlie. Thank you for writing this novel and opening my eyes to a world I have been blind to.
We have to reflect upon relationships and events that occured throughout the book as well as what has happened between the end and ten years later to explore how they have been shaped as an individual. Any helpful tips would be appreciated. Thanks and once again i really enjoyed the novel!! For example, she describes watching a movie as something extremely strange. Assuming someone completely ignorate of Nigerian culture is reading this book, they may end up thinking that this is what Nigerian and particularly Igbos are like.
I remember as a kid growing up in the U. Village life is anything but glamourou, and I really am not one to speak much of it due to my limited exposure to living in the village, but what I do know is that like other countries have jumped on the band wagon of civilization, so has Nigeria, even many of its small villages.
You speak about forests, bush and monkeys, and as a Nigerian, raised in the U. This book is quite insulting, and I regret ever purchasing it. Hi Chi-Chi, thanks for reading the novel and for your comments. Did you feel personally insulted, or do you consider that it insults a particular group?
I will be prepared to learn from you and to admit it if the book has errors. You mention forests, bush and monkeys, all of which are present in the part of Nigeria the book covers. It also speaks of many other things in Nigeria, which is a large and diverse country. The novel concerns a particular area of the Delta region of Nigeria, where there is a complex conflict which produces a large number of refugees, many of whom arrive in the UK as Little Bee does.
At most, it seems to me that you might want to use examples to show where the novel is not accurately researched. To suggest that the novel is an insult or that I should be ashamed seems unwarranted. Thanks again for reading the book. I quite enjoyed this novel, Little Bee, however, it took a while to get into the book as the beginning is quite slow, yet very well detailed.
I was very drawn into the story line and found it hard to put down the book at some points, always wanting to know what Little Bee would do next. The reference to the hand leading up to the explanation of the missing finger was very effective as it urged me to read on and discover the reasoning behind it.
The ending is frustrating as I was left wondering what is going to happen to Little Bee. I am interested to know why it is that you have chosen Batman as Charlies alter ego.
Does it have to do with Batmans perticular morals or the way in which he carries out his duty, or is it simply a childhood favorite, incorporated into this story? Is there a deeper meaning behind the masked crusader? You did something and that is what I appreciate the most. Thank you for doing so. I wish I could think of another way. Thank you, Kerstin The Netherlands. Little Bee was really excellent and took three days, Incendiary nearly up to the same standard and 24 hours.
Thank you for putting a face to an asylum seeker. There are many reasons for leaving your home country but knowing you will die if you stay should not be one of the reasons.
I really like your writing style and look forward to more books by Chris Cleave! I just wanted to thank you for writing The Other Hand: When I started reading the novel I had imagined it would be tough as nails to read due to the heavy atmosphere and intonation surrounding the topics, but you convinced me otherwise. I cannot remember a book that I hated but this book embraced everything evil and cruel mixed with deceit.
The ending beyond sad and leaving me with the feeling why did I read this terrible novel? I think you fooled us with using a child to soften the cruelty of this story. Thanks for reading it and taking the time to comment.
It is what it is, and it goes where it goes. A story is a road that we set out along without the benefit of a map or an agreed destination, and the writer is not a tour guide who guarantees your safety. Ultimately a book leaves us back where we started, in our own life, but with the sensation of having traveled.
Little Bee is a Great Book. Is there a real phenomena of refugees returning to sites that are extremely life threatening? She was forcibly repatriated, but ventured too far for any protection.
Hi Chris, I have just finished the last page of the other hand, and instantly had to search to find out more about your writing. I read the other hand in a single sitting: Never before has a book gripped me entirely from the first sentence and kept me hooked, horrified and hopeful through every twist and turn.
Hello again Chris, I read it and savoured it. The after taste is till with me and will remain because the book is so delicious. Sad, disturbing but dealt with so much sensitivity and affection.
Your detailed descriptions took me right in and held me there. I wish I could write like you. What is the next project? Sorry for the many questions. What a fantastic read. With each page, there was a new story. My depiction of the ending was that Little Bee joined the children on the beach and waded into the water and never came back. Chris, Thank you for writing this stunning novel. Your style of writing is very appealing to me. I was drawn into the story from sentence one and mesmerized through to the final word.
Even though I say to myself and my husband and son, both avid readers that it was so depressing, I could not put it down. I was compelled to read it and think it and feel it. I was educated and entertained and I felt — deeply. Yes, the ending was very unsettling for me on the one hand I need closure! Hi Chris, What a wonderful read.
We are discussing this book this Friday night at our reading group. I, myself, never wanted to put the book down. I live in the United States and love reading about other countries.
I loved the two narrators too. It kept me interested the entire way through. I am a 42 year old mother of 3, and my oldest never took off his power ranger costume as a kid, so I really related to Charlie!
I love the question you asked about if you liked Sarah or not. I immediately disliked the way she cheated, which made me dislike her. While she was completely selfish of the flesh, she was also selfless in the heart by saving Little Bee. I found myself torn as to liking Sarah or not. As far as Little Bee. I loved her sense of humor and survival and her edginess.
She had far less fear then Sarah. Two totally different cultures and characters, yet so much respect for each others lives. I am visiting cold snowy Alberta, Canada and the intro of inside cover certainly intrigued me to buy this book Chris… very clever. But i was not prepared for the intense beauty and soaring emotions i would feel whilst reading it… It made me feel shame and anger to be British..
It helped me on many levels…to understand the refugees plight when I live with racist and prejudiced parents and Canadian husband even! I have brought my own from former marriage three kids up as open minded as I can-as Sarah tries with Charlie. I wanted to take Little Bee into my home forever- her joy at the summer dress… on eating the bird seeds… there are so many moments that will stay with me… You are a master at entwining the characters lives within our own psyche.
To know that Little Bee was free in her mind and had laid her sister to rest was so beautiful and brave- I will be seeking out your other novels and lending this one, respectfully to a chosen few. As a Westerner, I live a privileged life. I am acutely aware of that. The forces which swept up Sarah and Little Bee are now an even more visible part of my world, and I know I will be seeing and thinking of them often as I go about my daily life. The importance of a personal integrity, of compassion for oneself and others, of the consequences of choice and chance!
And that soft green glow of hope. Thanks so much for sharing your perspectives and your words with the rest of us. Hi Sharon — many thanks for your kind words. I loved Little Bee and truly thought she would meet Sarah and become her nanny or housekeeper, never expecting what followed. I am not so naive as not to think, the worst is about to happen. I am sad for her. Was this at all based on a true experience.
Valerie Weiss is a writer and Director in Hollywood. Google her first film at http: It has been in over thirty film festivals. Chris, I picked up The Other Hand by pure chance when I was buying a John Grisham novel something of a guilty pleasure and the shop I was in was running a buy one get one free offer on books.
Keep up the good work. I just heard about The Other Hand through my book club and googled it. The first chapter has me hooked.
I LOVE your writing style…am off to buy the book right now….. I picked up your book from a friend in Australia and could not for the life of me put it down.
I think we can become lazy and self-consumed and I want to make sure my decisions can be as well-informed as they can be. As I read, I would call friends and tell them to buy Little Bee.. Hope they do or they will be missing this powerful story. Thank you introducing the world to Little Bee. I thought the book was very moving and extremely well written, but I, too, am disappointed at the end. I just finished it. I yearn for some kind of resolution, especially a more positive one.
We all enjoyed the book very much and had good discussion. Luckily my children 26year and 29years old could participate in the discussion. My son had read the book in hs Business school and highly recommended me to read. There was a doubt in the group If Sarah english or american? Could you respond please. What crime did Little Bee do and her life is in danger in Nigeria, then why Sarah could not adopt her in a more legal way to save all the agony.
I liked the title Little Bee, because I feel bee is tiny and stings hard at the same time gives sweet honey what most people love.
Her stinging answers to Lawrence exhibits the title name. Looking forward to read more of your books and best wishes. Thank you for a wonderful piece of fiction based on the horrors of society but told in such a way as to be entertaining. The dual narration by Little Bee and Sarah was perfect. While I was not really pleased by the ending, I now realize that it was the best way to do it; it allows me and all readers to think for ourselves. Of course, I know that Little Bee will survive and thrive.
How excited we all were to have an author of a renowned book that we had read as our guest. The book was wonderful, and your answers about how it developed were just as wonderful.
I look forward to reading more of your work in the future. I throughly enjoyed Little Bee; the switch back and forth on the point of view is an interesting way to read a story. It started slow, not defining the purpose of her musings, then the story picked up and charged forward. There is a Lawrence in all of us. Thank you for writing this book. Just finished Little Bee. Our library book club will be discussing it next week, in Cheney, Washington.
I am grateful that the group chose your book. It was entertaining to read, and also educational. I learned a lot about Africa while there, but learned even more just by reading your well-researched novel. It is difficult to identify with people from third world countries, living our relatively safe American lives.
But reading Little Bee was helpful and informative. Thank you for writing it. I have just finished reading Little Bee. Thank you for your magnetic and moving story. Your writing has the ability to entertain while elevating the reader to consider the cold and frightening realities of a world torn and distorted by greed.
We can all easily be a positive force of kindness and tolerance, and share what peace and comfort we can each offer to those struggling in this often cruel world. Just a kind word, or a generous gesture can make a world of difference to a fellow soul.
Thanks for a great read! It did not define hope or failure. Sarah and Bee were both very strong characters and I felt that they would accomplish what they set out to do and that was to set Bee free but was she. I do not know. The hand of the soldier was on her arm so I think she was led away to captivity. Does this level of torture happen to people in Nigeria? What made those men such horrible people to do that to a young girl? Anyway, otherwise it was a great read, thanks for opening all our lazy western eyes to the plights of refugees!
I ordered your book months ago and it sat on my nightstand. I could not put the book down and finished it in two days. It was intriguing and your writing is beautiful and very descriptive. I felt that I knew the characters and understood where they were coming from.
I was impressed with your surprises throughout the book, never would have guessed some of it. I want to read it and know. I feel as if you took such care to slowly take your reader on this path and then you abruptly ended it… I do not like to read books with this kind of ending. Why did you end it this way?
I am very disappointed. I cannot even begin to imagine either of their lives. My Book Club of 33 years is reading this and I am the discussion leader this Friday. There is so much to talk about in this story and then I want to do research on Nigeria and the refugee reality. Where do I begin? As I continue to prepare for Friday, Little Bee is hauntingly before me on the beach….
Just finished Little Bee and I loved it! I am going to recommend it to all of my friends. Also, I will have my wife read it, which means that I will have to let her have my iPad to read it on, which is rare that I let someone else have it. In terms of technique I loved the two very distinct voices of the women in the story.
I loved and will now buy your other books; digital editions, after my wife is done with my IPad, of course. Little Bee is such a profound read. Chris-you do an excellent job of exposing elements of mass rape and genocide that plague countries in Africa.
We need more exposure to those issues in an entertaining, clever, amusing, poignant way like you do. I have wrestled with the ending in my mind for days after finishing the book. I love the descriptions of Charlie and the Nigerian children together—how their innocence allow them to embrace each other.
I think Chris provides hope for the future through these children, as well as showing that we are all human beings. As far as Little Bee, I believe that Sarah will do whatever it takes to give her freedom and eventually she will return to England with her family—Charlie, Little Bee, and her.
I also think that Sarah will use her journalism position and skills to publish the stories she has collected to expose the horrific events in Nigeria. I have spent time in both Lagos and Abuja. Growing up there, I have so many vivid memories of many frightening situations and although did not experience,first hand, the beach atrocities you describe they seem so familiar.
Many bad events happened on the beaches in Lagos. I identified with Sarah. I felt the anguish of poor Andrew. What an incredible job you did…. I loved the ending, although I yearned for a happier one.
This was an extremely thought provoking book from many different levels: I will tell all everyone how good it is and get them to read it too. Thank you again and God Bless you. Being a dutchy and living in the south of Spain I found your book in an English charity shop and I am sooooo happy that I picked it up. First of all I really like your style of writing and I will certainly read your other books. I have the feeling that many never thought about that.
Thank you for this book and I wish you all the best. I bought your book last saturday and finished reading it sunday morning. The story captured me because of the way you have described the life of certain people in Nigeria in a very detailed and penetrative manner.
I do travel to Nigeria mostly to Lagos, Abuja and Abeokuta frequently since Around this time there was a cruel military government ruling. During reading, I remembered vividly how it was back then. Even though nothing bad ever happened to me personally, I have seen soldiers as you have characterized.
While in the most violent military actions happened in the Delta region, the south of the country, where I have been at that time, remained peaceful. Then, I did not know about the violence. It needs books like yours to keep telling what happens in Nigeria until today! Bought Little Bee in the Las Vegas airport last night and began reading it as I left the most fake city on earth.
This story is gut wrenching reality told in excruciatingly beautiful prose. I could not put it down and was compelled to visit your site to find out more. I love the idea that scars do not form unless we are alive. This is a haunting life story. I absolutely love your books and I wish there were more writters out there who are willing to write books in the way you do. I found Little Bee both entertaining and educational, and this is how I think novels should be.
I really look forward to reading your future works. I absolutely loved Little Bee. The torture and inhumane treatment by the soldiers made me mad, upset and sick to my stomach but the realization that this actually takes place in some countries opened my eyes.
I live in USA and we take so many things for granted here. Thanks for writing this awesome awesome book. Thank you for such an amazing story. I sometimes work with refugees in my job in Vermont. Some of them have waited many years in refugee camps in countries neighboring theirs before coming to the U.
Their stories are the most important thing they have because the story is what substantiates their need for refuge. I just finished reading Little Bee after a somewhat interrupted reading. I put it down for a few weeks when the ending approached me.
I had to take a break to prepare my self for what was coming. I loved this book, but what I loved the most was your suprising ability to portray a young girl of a different cultural background so convincingly. You were able to make her come to life believably and authentically. I look forward to reading everything you have or ever will write. I mean, imagine the roles reversed, gunman demands woman chop her finger off, woman refuses, man does it, calls woman a shit.
Her affair partner is a male mistress a mister?! There you go again — woman worthwhile, man not. It normalises adultery, encourages it even. A quote from the author: I just finished Little Bee, and I feel betrayed. The book starts with a captivating chapter inviting the reader to see something they have never seen before.
But in the middle of the book, one discovers the extramarital affair that Sarah has with a truly unremarkable person. Then, Little Bee dies in the end. There is no hope, only a well written, but very dark story. Why did the author put Sarah on the plane an unexpected rescue only to have Little Bee finally caught by the soldiers from whom she had escaped years ago?
If the reason was to expose the tragedy in Nigeria, it also provided no hope of solution. So, what good does the education do us since it also supports the hopelessness of personal courage against such a tragedy. The book took a few dark turns in the middle, and never emerged. I will follow this advice, but simply urge everyone not to read it, because the entire story is only depressing.
I listened to the audio version CD of Little Bee. I loved the way the book was performed. I did miss something and hope someone can answer this for me. Why was Little Bee with Andrew when he committed suicide?
What did she tell Sarah about the event? I just finished Little Bee, after starting it yesterday. It was truly engrossing, entertaining, and at times, excrutiating. My daughter asked me this morning if I thought she would enjoy reading it, and when I hesitated, she asked why.
I told her that it was a great book, but I was very unhappy with the ending. I wanted to know exactly what happened to Little Bee. They have already shot at Charlie.
They would not hesitate to shoot Udo if she should run. She could swim out to sea until she drowns. Dear Chris, I just finished reading Little Bee last night, and like many other readers it has left a deep impression on me.
I think you did a brilliant job of bringing her to life. I suppose I empathized with her constantly changing emotions and perceptions as her life swirled around her. But I really wanted to share something in response to your statement in the answer to the first question above, where you talk about your last name being the only word that has two synonyms that are antonyms of each other. Love your writing, love your word-images the clear bag and the yellow sari girl …please continue!!! I think it was one of the best books I have read and admire how much research must have gone into producing it.
I can not fathom how much time and effort must have been put in to making sure that the storyline and characters could become realistic and really touch the reader as it has done for me.
It really is an inspirational book. It took me three days to read this incredible novel! I could not put it down. I was not aware of the oil conflict in Nigeria. I liken it to the language of sleep, where your emotions live, but no sound is heard by your ears, only by your eyes and your soul. Both see, hear and feel. To me, the book intertwines the language of love and acceptance, crafted wisely and technically.
I just finished your book and cannot say enough in praise of it. I tend to have an intuitive feel for where a novel is going but you kept surprising me over and over.
Am also deeply touched by the soulfulness of this story and the characters of Little Bee, Sarah and Charlie. Looking forward to reading more of your work. I am not so familiar with British writers but thankfully accept suggestions from some of our national newspapers. I compliment both your writing and your willingness to be so honest! Kudos and best wishes!
The line about scars being beautiful keeps coming back to my mind, even weeks after I finished reading Little Bee. In addition to being a wonderful read, it made me think more deeply about immigration. I live in the U. They were taken to what used to be a cattle confinement and held there pending trial. I believe we need limits on immigration, but there has to be a better way of dealing with it. I can hardly put it down.
In chapter two, where Sarah met the two police officers in her workplace, it was around Apologies for asking such a trivial issue, I just found this discrepancy a bit puzzling.
Or are mobile networks in Britain really that bad…! I thought she was taken into custoday and would be killed for what she witnessed. It was sad for me. A group of my classmates and I read and discussed it as part of a Literature Circle project. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book! It was compelling and it captivated my attention from beginning to end. My group members found it equally intriguing as well. One aspect of the novel we found interesting was how it was written using the first person narrative of two different characters.
It was very refreshing to read the story from such diverse perspectives. Having two people tell the story allowed us to piece the information together, bit by bit, which added to the suspense of finding out what happened on the beach.
It seemed to be kind of a cliffhanger, and there was some confusion as to what actually happens to Little Bee. Do the soldiers take her away? If so, where do they take her? Personally, I thought the soldiers just took her back into custody, which leads me to another question.
Why are they coming after Little Bee if she is back in her home country? Are they really still chasing her because of what she witnessed a few years back? If you get the chance, we would love to hear back from you! I often read the comments of critics and the first page of the book. It sounded like my type of story, so I borrowed a copy from the local library. Such smooth transitions into each Chapter and event.
I noticed the very slight mark of foundation left on the windowpane where her forehead had been. Hello, I finished reading Little Bee about five minutes ago. I loved it and I loved Odu. I have my own ideas about the ending and I am not asking for an answer, I know that literature can always be interpreted differently , but I would just like your opinion on what happens at the ending.
What do you believe becomes of Odu? The best part of this book is the emotional rawness and reality in the characters and their speech. I am part of a book club and it is my next pick for the group to read.
Your book highlights a very important issue, my sister is a refugee lawyer in the uk so I know a little bit about the issue but your book helped me to learn more and inspired me to do further research and take some action not sure what yet!
Chris My bookclub meets next Monday, March 28 and I am presenting the report.. I would like to know an approximate date of the events in Little Bee and what is going on in Nigeria at that time.. Chris, I read because I love stories. You leave way too much for the reader to speculate. Is this a story of hope or despair? You say you want to leave it up to the reader to finish the tale, well I am completely and utterly perplexed. I think you got lazy, sorry. Dear Chris, What a beautifully written story.
Your rhythm is perfect and I wonder how on earth you do it. Little Bee is so smart and funny too although very dark humor. I read the ending twice looking for hope and found it only in the heart of Little Bee. Hi Chris I am not much of a reader but just finished Little Bee a few hours ago, while my double oven was being installed in my home. The men completely ruined and scratched up my cabinets. Normally I would be outraged and vocally loud about it.
When I told friend and fellow book club reader of LB what had happend, she said I seemed so mellow, out of character in my voice. How could anyone get angry about anything after reading about this beautiful girls life.
Thank you for the perfectly timed gift of perspective. I have read it twice, and love the choices you have made re the major themes in the book. Individual decisions and choices, integrity, the human condition, personal and global concepts, victim vs survivor, determination, triumph of the human spirit, and identity to name a few.
Thank you for this book of major substance, one that gives the reader so very much to think about! It was sad and surprisising and shocking and happy all at the same time. Will you write another book about Little Bee and continue her story as she grows up, or did she die?
I totally loved it. No one should have to go through these inhumane experiences to build ones character, but you captured the essence of our will as a people to find the joy and love in all these and especially in each other. We are a flawed people but we are doing better when we know better. Thank you for educating all of us in the struggles people go through to find safety in another Country. I finished reading Little Bee a month ago.
You are really smart and very creative Chris, you can make this work. I picked up this book in an airport and could not put it down! I mainly wanted to compliment you on how incredibly well written this is. So many times I would stop to read a sentence a second time, amazed at how brilliant the writing was!
I will be going out to purchase your other two books! Why did you decide to to write from the perspective of the two women? Also, what difficulties did you face as you explored the issues of morality from a female point of view?
Was it easier or more difficult to rationalize their moral decisions as you wrote from a gender different from your own? I too have just finished reading The Other Hand and cannot believe you are commenting on this. This is a memorable book for all the right reasons.
My one complaint is the filthy language. You are a talented writer. Out of a dirty mind comes dirty language! Hi Mary, thanks for reading the book. By making this point I hope to elucidate for you the distinction between coarseness and vulgarity. I teach secondary school English and my year 13 A-level students are about to start their final unit, a comparative study.
The students have the option of what text to compare and contrast with it and I was wondering if you had any thoughts about what novels would be a good match? Any that you feel explore the same issues, use the same narrative techniques, have similar genres and so on? I join your audience—Bravo. Of course it had to leave me there, wondering about Udo. The asylum question remains that. Thank you for raising my awareness. I know one of the big discussion quesstions will be the ending.
Did they kill our beloved Little Bee or was she spared because of her friendship with Norah and the investigative work? Is there going tro be another novel to answer that question? Also is a move possible? I do voluntary work with a charity that helps asylum-seekers and I get so frustrated with the negative attitudes about them, which seem to be so prevalent, and also with the inhumane workings of the asylum system itself.
It was therefore wonderful to read your novel which showed the realities in such an interesting readable way, which must hopefully have touched so many people and changed their perceptions. Incidentally, I feel that those who ask you what happened to Little Bee afterwards are missing the point. Thanks again for writing your excellent book. Do you know when your next one will be published?
I do not use Twitter nor Facebook somehow my privacy is more important to me than being social. I stumbled upon your book accidentally at our library. I never heard about it before. I must admit I felt deeply ashamed, at times, while reading the book. I had no idea. We have thousands of refugees trying to enter Israel every month but its always just a newspaper item. Suddenly I saw the faces behind the news. I admire your writing, the human way you described the events, the mirror it put in front of my face.
I think your book should be read by policy-makers around the world. Thank you for enabling me a wider perspective, and in-spite of a terrible sadness such exceptional reading. I think this is much better than my idea! Hi Trish — thanks for your kind comments. I guess the analogy would be with stop-frame animation — you have to do weeks of painstaking work to produce ten seconds of footage that is convincing.
I just work consistently at the task until the voices start to ring true. What are the chances? I would really love to attend an instore event to see you speak and possibly get a book signed in person.
Will there be any other East Coast events around the CT one? Please let me know! I will post it on my website as soon as I have it, and it would be great to meet you at one of the events if you can make it.
We just had our book club meeting and we all loved the book for different reasons. I loved how wise Little Bee was. Our question is does Little Bee die at the end? I thought she did but most of the group said no she went off with the soldiers.
Is it up to the reader to decide? I do not remember crying so much while and after reading a book. Your characters are so real, none flawless…and Little Bee is definitely a poet…I am so in love with her…how could Sarah not adopt her? What a silly question… It hurts my heart to know that all of what you discuss is so horrifyingly real.
The laws, the indifference, the horror of what some people can perpetrate against other innocent people, the unspeakable tortures against women. And we sit in our confortable houses, ride our confortable cars, and are so blindly unaware of the suffering of others, nor do we want to be bothered.
That is what breaks my heart. Chris, are there any organizations that you know of that help in any way? Is there anything I could do? Is there any way to really adopt some of these children, or help families?
I would like to get involved. Little Bee will always live in my heart. I would like to hear what Nigerian refugees have to say. Lacking that can we have reactions from South Africa. I can imagine writing in a male voice and even in writting in the voices of historical figures in my culture.
Diaries and other written material could inform my voice. However short of hearing what the refugees say in their own communities, I doubt that I would credit my projection into their space. Another thought for all you mothers out there. Would anyone of us have taken our child to the Beach?
What happened to the couple who took in the 4 refugees immediately after they left the detention camp? I kept thinking they risked themselves to help these women and when one committed suicide the farmer and his wife would probably be arrested for helping them.
It seemed that no good deed goes unpunished. Yet, there was no consequence to Sarah, who is morally flawed , for helping Little Bee. She was even permitted to leave the county with her. A haunting read — certainly not one to be forgotten. It will take awhile for the lessons of this novel to sink in and the cold, tight cord around my heart to ease a bit.
Do not believe that it will ever quite thaw! The world is harsh and the realities of that harshness stand out even in the various yellow sunshine washes evoked during the telling of this novel.
I felt it was a very powerful story, it really opens ones eyes to the many tragic things that go on in this world. I look forward to the movie. I also see by your blog that you are a cyclist.
We are all cyclists that love to read as well. Thanks again for creating such a great read. Happy writing and pedaling! Chris—A truly profound read. And many thanks for a website with so much to offer the curious reader. Thank you for an illuminating story. We were all moved by your work and did talk about what each of us could do to alleviate even a particle of the heartache and suffering we see.
I was wondering, is there a reason on why you used hanging in your novel twice? Once with Andrew and again with the girl at the detention center? What was the connection for the hanging? Did you use it as a metaphor? Overall, it was an amazing novel. I hope we can see a movie as well! Just wanted to say thanks for such a powerful and gripping novel.
You got the voices spot on — every character memorable, every scene gripping — and maybe the end is just right too, because this refugee problem goes on and on, year in year out, some endings better, some worse and no way of knowing which. I think our private powerlessness comes over pretty strongly too — how come the government simply refuses to find the will to stop this abuse of asylum seekers?
So, a many layered story and much to ponder. Very gripping, thrillerishly surprising, moving, informative, challenging. I volunteer with refugees locally www. Your novel will make a great case study to investigate how representations of refugees travel across cultural borders. The publishing industry is very volatile, so from time-to-time one of the publishers will go out of business suddenly, which can be a problem.
In answer to your second question, as far as I know the only place on the African continent where my books are sold in any number is South Africa. I have a full spectrum of feedback from readers in that community, ranging from very appreciative to very angry — which is the same range of responses I get from most reading communities, I guess. What a great book! Having suddenly realised I had forgotten to bring some reading material with me I nipped down to the local media shop and found they had a small English section.
Congrats to your editor on that one — it hooked me! So I left the shop with your book and the latest Ben Elton. It really captured the way we feel about the plight of asylum-seekers.
Even the most tolerant amongst us just feel powerless to help them. There was so much to the character of Little Bee, more than her status as an asylum seeker, such wisdom and understanding of the world. As an optimist, I choose a happy ending, the one I want for all asylum-seekers. So thanks for the great read. On a final note, I found it a weird coincidence that both books I bought that day had references to U2 in them.
Lovely, lovely writing throughout the novel. Trying to carry the plot lines through. I like the image of me as a workshy carpenter, wandering off the job before it was finished. We often take for granted the blessings of being born in a safe country to parents who will not be yanked away from us. I hope you write a joyful, grateful book next for your own sake and mine.
I much enjoyed your presence and talk at the recent Literary Sojourn in Steamboat. Thank you for joining hearts with us. Thank you Deb — I very much enjoyed Steamboat Springs — one of the best literary festivals in the world. Thank you for the reply Chris: I think that your ultimate goal, to write yourself out of the picture entirely, is surely the best means by which to explore questions of ethics; it must allow your writing to go forth in directions you perhaps never envisioned when beginning any given novel.
I must finally add that, for me anyway, your writing is indeed socially useful and most certainly provides a means of looking at, although it may sound simplistic, the contemporary human condition in a truly beautiful way. Good luck with your future writing and thank you again. I find that the dichotomy in the narration of the novel, and the lack of omniscience, allows for a shift from the sort of grand narratives of earlier literature to localised narratives, which in a sense allows for a deeper, more meaningful, and generally more emotional connection with the characters and their individual experiences.
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