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A Watermelon, a Fish and a Bible

Narrated by: Art Malik
Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
Categories: Fiction, Literary
4.5 out of 5 stars (44 ratings)

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Summary

A moving novel of love and war by the author of The Beekeeper of Aleppo.

It is July 1974 and on a bright, sunny morning, the Turkish army has invaded the town of Kyrenia in Cyprus. For many people, this means an end to life as they know it. But for some, it is a chance to begin living again.   

Everyone has always talked about Koki. They never believed she was her father's daughter and her mother died too soon to quiet their wagging tongues. And when she became pregnant and there was no sign of a husband, her fate was sealed.   

So she lives outside the town and hides from her neighbours' eyes. But, held captive with the very women who have made her life so lonely, Koki is finally able to tell them the truth. To talk of the Turkish shoemaker who came to the town and took her heart away with him when he left.

And how she has longed for him all these years.   

Meanwhile, Adem Berker finds himself back in Kyrenia, his former home, now as a member of the invading force. Here he left everything he ever wanted and, by cover of darkness, risking his life, he is searching every house, every cafe, every old pathway, for just a glimpse of the only woman he has ever loved. For listeners of The Island, The Book Thief and The Kite Runner.  

©2010 Christy Lefteri (P)2010 Quercus Editions Limited

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AMAZING 😊

from the first word the Narrator had me, such a beautiful way to pull us into this perfectly descriptive story. I jumped through a cocktail of emotions and wandered through a land I've never seen, thank you for such a rich experience. 😍

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A very good listen!

Lovely story,and interesting to learn more about the troubles between the Turks and the Greeks during the 1970’s in Cyprus.

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Another moving tale

Another moving tale of war and refugees told in the detail of the life of the ordinary people. Slightly confusing to follow the change of dates and location at first but gradually understanding came. Art Malik is the perfect narrator with a very sympathetic voice.

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Is it me?

I really, really wanted to like this book. I had listened to the Bee Keeper of Aleppo and enjoyed it, and with Art Malik's narration I thought I was in for another treat. However, I only managed to get two thirds of the way through before I gave up on this book. It just felt too bitty, I had trouble defining the characters. I may come back to this book, but not for now ..

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A little let down

I loved the Beekeeper of Aleppo but this is a bit of a let down after that because the story moves from periods of time and place so much that for me there is no continuity. I won't finish the book.
Art Malik has an amazing voice and is an excellent narrator

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another great book

I loved both the story and the narrator. this is my second book by the sight and I'm looking forward to more books. highly recommend!

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Decent, but too much description

This was ok and certainly the last few chapters were the most enjoyable. I found the descriptive writing just too much and too long - it felt quite clunky at times. However, it was a decent, if somewhat predictable and improbable, story and it did draw a tear at the end. Art Malik’s narration was lovely.

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Interesting Story

Liked the story as lived in Cyprus a long time ago. Loved the voice of Art Malik but the long long descriptions I found irritating! Some insight to surroundings is obviously necessary but with this particular book it was rather over the top.

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Outstanding

A book for our time. I wish schools over the world would make Lefteri compulsory reading. She shakes us all by our inaction. Her stories do not allow us to feel comfortable with ignoring the politics unfolding all around us. Her ability to conjure from words the characters, scents and sounds of a place makes for an immersive experience. Read excellently well. 10/10