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Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Secret Life of Bees (English Edition) (Kindle Edition)
14-years-old Lily Owens tells the story of her life. When she was a little girl she shot her mother to death (accidentally), which subsequently and unavoidably turned her life and that of her father T.Ray into a misery.
With often overbearing harshness Lily is being punished for disobediance and at the same time often regarded with contempt and negligence for her needs by her father - which eventually leads to her running away to Tiburon, a town's name written on the back of black madonna once owned by Lily's mother.
The underlying message of the time's civil rights movements is just a passing part of the story, mainly it concentrates on Lily and her effort to get away from her father, find the truth about what T.Ray said about her mother and about her own involvement in her mother's death... finding a new home and a warm welcome with her mother's black nanny...
Read with no expectations and just letting the atmophere soak you up, this is not a bad read - certainly touching, but actually the characters are very black or very white (mainly in terms of character not skin colour)... which is annoying.
Yes, the majority of reviews are overwhelmingly positive - I don't share that sentiment, because at the end of the book I thought "okay, and....?"
nice read to pass the time, nothing more.