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Ahhh gasp choke stammer I can barely find the words to say how much I loved this book Honestly, The Secret Life of Bees has to be one of the best books I ve read in a while I just want to give it several A s and a kiss It was touching, well written, beautiful, full of expression, insightful, anything you could want in a book and then some It started off with a bang, that wasn t a bang it grabbed you, but didn t startle you so much that the rest of the book was dull in comparison There was romance, love, family, racial issues, religious experiences, and bees.I have a feeling the title may deter a lot of people thinking that, oh, it s a book about bees Well, there is a lot mentioned about bees, but it only helps enrich the story With elements in the bees lives that tied in nicely with the lives of Lily Owens and the bee keeping sisters All the characters are full and developed, except for the asshole racists in the very beginning of the book and somewhere in the middle, but even then real life racists aren t full and developed either I m sorry if you re a racist and you re reading this, but well, fuck off Mwa ha ha ha The only problem I had with this book was that I wished it was longer but I think it was the perfect length Nothing dragged out and nothing cut too short Like little bears porridge, chair, and bed, it was perfect I m not surprised their making a movie out of it I just hope that most people read the book before going to see it, because if they mess it up in the movie, that could deterr a lot of people from reading this wonderful book And typically books are better than movies, because there s and you have freedom for thought I also want them to cast me wink wink Sue Monk Kidd mentioned about possibly writing a sequel, possibly after she finishes writing her current work in progress The Mermaid Chair which, if she continues writing like she did in this book, I will gobble up as soon as it comes out I hope she doesn t write a sequel though, because The Secret Life of Bees can truely stand on it s own And I m sure as much as many people want to read about Lily Owens and the Daughters of Mary, I think it will be hard for the second novel to live up to the expectations the first one made This book may make it hard for Sue Monk Kidd but if her writing continues to be as stellar as the writing in this book she will have a fan base almost as big as J.K Rowling Potter heads note the word almost. It was ironic that I read most of this book on Mother s Day At the core, this book isn t about race relations, the Virgin Mary, or even beekeeping, though those are all interesting parts of the story It s a book about mothers Mothers who are imperfect, mothers who make mistakes, and women who become mothers because they see people who need to be loved I can t readily connect to most of those other topics, but everyone on the planet knows what it s like to have or need a mother in their lives.The other part I loved about this book is the writing style I ve read very few books with such fanastic, simple imagery and accessible symbolism I wish I underlined all my favorite metaphors in the book like the dragonflies stitching the air and I loved the parallels between the bee colonies and the women living in the pink house It s books like these that make me want to write.
I confess to being a little hesitant going into this book It is, after all, that most cliched and irritating of literati faves a coming of age story set in the American South Lily, a motherless 14 year old girl lives with her bigoted abusive father on a peach farm in South Carolina Her goals involve befriending black people and finding information about her long dead mother Just summarizing this thing inspires the eye rolling.But the book does have some saving graces First, the writing is incredible Voice, pacing, transition, and word choice are all stellar On a micro level, Ms Kidd is magnificent For instance, despite the predictability of telling such a tale from the young girl s point of view, I thought the decision worked here Lily herself is absolutely charming She is completely honest with the reader, often to her own detriment If the story had been written from anyone else s point of view, Lily would have been pathetic abused motherless little girl who harbors way too much guilt and angst This book could have gone off the deep end real easy But Lily is a survivor and an optimist, and her naive faith drives this book.Mostly As you might expect in a story of this sort, there was plenty of menstruation angst, boyfriend nervousness, junior cheerleader tryouts, and the requisite abusive father All of these things were painful to read However, something that made this book somewhat fresh was the strong theme of race For a nice chunk of the book, Lily is on the lam with her black housekeeper Rosaleen, traipsing through 1960s South Carolina after busting Rosaleen out of jail for offending some white guys I was struck with the parallels to Mark Twain, only here the adventure was overlaid sometimes heavy handedly with a female sensibility Nice In fact, all of the embedded feminism was well done Recurrent natural images of moonlight and water were beautiful and deliciously pagan The author went to a lot of trouble to create a new religion just for girls part Catholicism, part goddess centered paganism, part ancestor worship The religious aspect was interesting, but not as compelling as the author wanted it to be I could tell she was trying to impress me with the notion of Mary as a goddess protector But I didn t buy it Lily bought it, though, and that was enough to keep me reading.The whole book was a quest for independence, I think To find confidence and drive within, without always needing that crutch of others acceptance The book almost achieved that But it gave in at the last, to deliver a happy ending Now that I think about it, much of the book was cliche But it was also a good read The strength of the narrative voice saved it, and it had some absolutely gut twisting parts The line beginning She was all I ever wanted both painful and breathtaking. Sue Monk Kidd image from her FB pages The Secret Life of Bees is a lovely tale It tells of Lily, a South Carolina 14 year old She lives, unhappily, with her crusty father T Ray and Rosaleen, the woman who raised her after her mother died when Lily was 4 It is a coming of age tale set against the civil rights issues of the early 60 s It is certainly no coincidence that Lily as in white spends most of the book in the company of earth mother black people Rosaleen attempts to register to vote and winds up in jail Lily manages to spring her Lily has always maintained fantasies about her dead mother, and wants to find out about her She uses clues found in materials left by her mother and winds up in another South Carolina town, in the home of the Calendar Sisters August, June and May There she learns about bee keeping and mothering There are mothering images aplenty here The calendar sisters have evolved a personal religion around Mary, using a masthead image of the Virgin as an icon Each chapter begins with a quote about bees Each of these quotes tells of the substance of the following chapter Lily learns the truth about her mother, becomes aware of her new sexuality, and grows up Queen Latifah, Jennifer Hudson, and Alicia Keys as August, Rosaleen and JuneThere are flaws here as well as a richness of imagery The good people Rosalee and August in particular are far too perfect, and we are expected to believe that Lily has no visceral hesitation or consciousness about the social implications about her attraction to Zach It is a very goopy book That said, I enjoyed it and got teary at the expected places Overall, a pretty good read, recommended.Sophie Okonedo as May and Dakota Fanning as Lily EXTRA STUFFLinks to the author s personal, Twitter and FB pagesA Teacher s Guide to the bookA timeline of events in the story I surveyed my class and 80% gave it two thumbs up 5 stars That s 28 out of 35 students The rest of the class gave it an OK 3 or 4 stars So my giving it 5 stars has been backed by research into the general public s taste Now, I m not much for spending time on fiction I don t need entertainment, I need information But as a story teller, occasional writing class instructor, I like to keep up with some of the new fiction Bees is pretty good I don t get a sense of the forced or trite here like I do in a lot of fiction In reading most fiction, I can almost hear the writer thinking I guess it s because I write and my intimate knowledge of the craft allows me to see a lot before it comes Kind of like an actor who you know is just acting But Kidd s writing is like Will Smith in Ali or Jamie Fox in Ray In Ali there is no Smith and in Ray there is no Fox Art works best when it s done by the talented who tap into the moment so right, so purely it stops being art and becomes real Bees is real Some readers on Goodreads and had trouble with such things as the bee quotes at the start of each chapter being a bit obvious, the religious theme didn t state but I m sure it has to do with the women eating cake as the body of Mary , the triteness of a coming of age story and some of the characterization ie stereotypical African American women and so forth, but I believe these are personal problems than problems with the story In the overall scheme of analysis, these issues were cosmetic, superficial at best Most liked it In my class At Goodreads On I find it humorous that many of the pseudo reviewers intellectuals if I throw in some over priced words, I m a big time reviewer love to sling review speak but have no or little experience in hands on experience writing Maybe it s writer wanna be frustration or other personal issues There s a lot to be said for freeing oneself of inhibiting characteristics weaknesses and the success and release of open mindedness Nevertheless Bottom line, I was impressed and I ve read a lot of stories and written many myself I know the difficulties involved in making a story work, making is real, and connecting to readers This book does all that and Highly recommended. The Secret Life of Bees, Sue Monk KiddThe Secret Life of Bees is a book by author Sue Monk Kidd Published November 8th 2001 The Secret Life of Bees tells the story of a 14 year old white girl, Lily Melissa Owens, whose life has been shaped around the blurred memory of the afternoon her mother was killed She lives in a house with her abusive father, whom she refers to as T Ray They have a no nonsense maid, Rosaleen, who acts as a surrogate mother for Lily The book opens with Lily s discovery of bees in her bedroom Then, after Rosaleen is arrested for pouring her bottle of snuff juice on three white men, Lily breaks her out of the hospital and they decide to leave town They begin hitch hiking toward Tiburon, SC, a place written on the back of an image of the Virgin Mary as a black woman, which Deborah, her mother, had owned They spend a night in the woods with little food and little hope before reaching Tiburon There, they buy lunch at a general store, and Lily recognizes a picture of the same Black Mary but on the side of a jar of honey They receive directions to the origin of that honey, the Boatwright residence They are introduced to the Boatwright sisters, the makers of the honey August, May, and June, who are all black Lily makes up a story about being an orphan Lily and Rosaleen are invited to stay with the sisters 2005 1383 430 9644053958 20 1384 376 9644424506 1385 379 9648497346 1393 379 9786006605579. This was a harmless, heart warming book that did not change my life or enrich my thinking in any large way except perhaps that I am slightly less afraid of bees One thing that is a slight pet peeve with me is the healing power apparently inherent in the culture of the other Here is the formula 1 caucasian person, hurt and broken by the world they live in, be it by family, work or environment 1 minority culture black or asian is fine that one caucasian person finding the true wonders in life and becoming a secure and happy human being after being surrounded by drove of their black or yellow or red skinned friends, who show them beauty and love such as a white person has never known Thank you minority culture All black women are not royalty, like hidden queens But a little known fact is that all, ALL old asian men are kung fu masters To summarize, I might criticize this book but I did read it in a weekend and there is something to be said for the ability of an author to keep his her readers engaged It is a good beach book So there. Read it Enjoyed it Any day now I expect to be entirely swallowed up by my own home grown vagina If you ve read The Help, you don t need to read this One contemporary coming of age book about a white southern girl amongst black women discovering life in 1960s is plenty Sue Monk Kidd s explosively popular I m going to go out on a very sturdy limb and guess that this was an Oprah book The Secret Life of Bees is a perfectly enjoyable read that any mother would love Oh the imagery, the ambiance, the estrogen Halfway through I wanted nothing than to curl up in my cardy on the couch with a cuppa herbal something or other and sip the sweet nectar of these succulent words They flowed like honey sweet, warm, and slow Oh so slow at times There are only two or three moments in the 300 pages that woke me from the pleasant droning get it the bees that entrances, captivating the reader s mind and attention The soft ideas about religion, love and the mother daughter bond hum against your ears, the buzz of thought never going beyond a distant whirring zzzzzzzz. (E-PUB) ⚨ The Secret Life of Bees ⚩ Set In South Carolina In , The Secret Life Of Bees Tells The Story Of Lily Owens, Whose Life Has Been Shaped Around The Blurred Memory Of The Afternoon Her Mother Was Killed When Lily S Fierce Hearted Black Stand In Mother, Rosaleen, Insults Three Of The Deepest Racists In Town, Lily Decides To Spring Them Both Free They Escape To Tiburon, South Carolina A Town That Holds The Secret To Her Mother S Past Taken In By An Eccentric Trio Of Black Beekeeping Sisters, Lily Is Introduced To Their Mesmerizing World Of Bees And Honey, And The Black Madonna This Is A Remarkable Novel About Divine Female Power, A Story Women Will Share And Pass On To Their Daughters For Years To Come Is it ever not going to be problematic to have a book about a young white girl finding nurturing black mother figures in the South It s not the book itself, necessarily, just the part where this is practically a genre unto itself, and I haven t run into any books certainly not with the stature of this one about the young girl in the South who is black, and her experiences Also the part where the black women are mostly there to mother the young white girl, and all of their differences tend to come down to eccentricities This is probably unduly harsh The Secret Life of Bees is not a bad book it s an easy read, it s a comfortable read, even in its portrayal of the impact of the Civil Rights movement on a small town that is interacting with it mostly through the media It s just the overall impact of the stories authors are choosing to tell, that publishers are choosing to publish, and readers are choosing to read.Does someone have something to recommend to me that breaks out of this mold Lily is the only daughter of an unloving white man Her mother died when she was very little She and Rosaleen, the black woman who raised her after her mother s death hit the road after an altercation between Rosaleen and the biggest racists in town They find themselves in a small town in South Carolina, where they are both or less adopted into the family of three black women, sisters, August, June, and May Lily struggles with how to tell the sisters who she really is and why she s there, as well as anger and guilt about her mother and father Meanwhile, the sisters nurture August takes care of the bees and takes Lily under her wing June, a school teacher, refuses to marry the man she loves May feels the horrors of the world far too sharply Other black women come to their house for their own brand of syncretic worship, focusing around a statue of a Black Virgin Mary This book deals with some fairly difficult issues, so why do I categorize it as not particularly challenging It deals with abuse, suicide, racism, and violence None of those are easy topics And yet, this book never reached out and grabbed me by the throat It seemed to dance over these topics, not ignoring them, but not fully engaging with them either It lacked anger, and some of these issues deserved some anger There were angry characters, but they were mediated by the nurturing aura of the book itself I think part of the problem was that every time I picked it up, I kept pulling away from it, wondering why we so often seem to need this mediating figure of the young white woman in order to tell these stories Wondering where the books about just August, and June, and May were Or Rosaleen Are they not being written Or not published Or am I just entirely oblivious to a bunch of books I should be reading Crossposted to Smorgasbook