Saturday, 12 May 2018

The history of bees by Maja Lunde

This novel lingers in your mind long after you finish it, one that you would read and re-read.


This dazzling and ambitious first novel follows three generations of beekeepers from the past, present, and future, weaving the stories of their relationship to the bees--and to their children and one another--against the backdrop of an urgent, global crisis. England, 1852. William is a biologist and seed merchant, who wants to build a new beehive--one that will give both him and his children honor and fame. United States, 2007. George is a beekeeper fighting an battle against modern farming, but hopes that his son can be their salvation. China, 2098. Tao hand paints pollen onto the fruit trees now that the bees have long since disappeared. When Tao's young son is taken away by the authorities after a tragic accident, she sets out to find out what happened to him. Haunting, illuminating, and deftly written, The History of Bees joins these three very different narratives into one gripping and thought-provoking story that is just as much about the powerful bond between children and parents as it is about our very relationship to nature and humanity.

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