- Taschenbuch: 384 Seiten
- Verlag: Tinder Press; Auflage: New Ed (3. März 2003)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0747266832
- ISBN-13: 978-0747266839
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13 x 2,6 x 19,8 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 31 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 17.145 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
The Secret Life of Bees (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 18. Oktober 2004
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In Sue Monk Kidd's The Secret Life of Bees, 14-year-old Lily Owen, neglected by her father and isolated on their Georgia peach farm, spends hours imagining a blissful infancy when she was loved and nurtured by her mother, Deborah, whom she barely remembers. These consoling fantasies are her heart's answer to the family story that as a child, in unclear circumstances, Lily accidentally shot and killed her mother. All Lily has left of Deborah is a strange image of a Black Madonna, with the words "Tiburon, South Carolina" scrawled on the back. The search for a mother, and the need to mother oneself, are crucial elements in this well-written coming-of-age story set in the early 1960s against a background of racial violence and unrest. When Lily's beloved nanny, Rosaleen, manages to insult a group of angry white men on her way to register to vote and has to skip town, Lily takes the opportunity to go with her, fleeing to the only place she can think of--Tiburon, South Carolina--determined to find out more about her dead mother. Although the plot threads are too neatly trimmed, The Secret Life of Bees is a carefully crafted novel with an inspired depiction of character. The legend of the Black Madonna and the brave, kind, peculiar women who perpetuate Lily's story dominate the second half of the book, placing Kidd's debut novel squarely in the honored tradition of the Southern Gothic. --Regina Marler -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.
'Kidd's first novel is well placed, gentle and deeply moving' The Times (The Times)
'A personal favourite, one of those infectiously written books you can't get out of your mind...a lovely tale' Bookseller (Bookseller)
'A tale that's beautifully and movingly written' Buzz (Buzz)
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The story itself is well-meant, in fact it's the kind of story that I love to read. Nevertheless, I was disappointed with this book and had to struggle through it until the end. Here's why:
- This book tought me the meaning of of melodramatic. The entire conflict surrounding Lily, her mother, and her hesitation to tell her landladies the truth feels blown out of proportion. I could not for the life of me understand why Lily fretted so much about it. Hence, Lily's story felt unbelievable to me, even annyoing in parts.
- Why is Lily white? Kidd clearly roots for the black characters of her book -- why tell their story from the perspective of a white girl? The story is noble and I support it with all my heart. I also understand that it might be difficult for a white woman to write about black women. Yet, this is storytelling -- I wish Kidd would have been braver.
But, and here's why the book still gets three stars from me: I loved the bees. Very much. After finishing the book, I promised myself to find the next bee-keeper and learn more about these fascinating animals.
Overall, I would rate this book with 2.5 out of 5 stars. But because amazon won't let me do that and the language, the bees, and the idea deserve more than just 2 stars, I end up here with 3.
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.
Neglected by her father, Lily is brought up by Rosaleen, a big-hearted black woman, who loves Lily and whom Lily loves. Yet, hers is a lonely existence, compounded by her unquenched thirst for information about her mother, Deborah. All she has left of her mother are some cloudy memories and a box containing a few mementos, among them a picture of a Black Madonna, inscribed with the words, "Tiburon, S.C."
When Rosaleen goes into town to register to vote, she feels empowered by the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and has a run-in with the town's three biggest racists, resulting in Rosaleen being taken into custody. Lily arranges for her to break free. Together, they seek sanctuary in Tiburon, South Carolina, where Lily discovers the mystery of the Black Madonna.
Taken in by a trio of middle-aged black women who are sisters, as well as beekeepers, Lily is introduced to the secret life of bees and begins to learn some important life lessons. She also learns something about her mother and finds love where she least expected.
This is simply a beautifully realized novel, written in a true Southern voice by a wonderful writer with a story to tell. It is little wonder that this compelling book has received so many accolades. It is a stunning fiction debut by the author.
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