QUICK NOTES: The History of Bees by Maja Lunde

March 20, 2018

 

QUICK NOTES: Maja Lunde’s writing is exceptional and yet I didn't actually like the story. The words and the way Lunde uses them is incredibly effective but the layout and overall plotline just didn't work for me. It's such a bizarre juxtoposition to like the writing but not actually like the book, but there you have it.

 

I think my biggest problem was that the stories never felt connected. The ending gave a cursory connection but otherwise I felt like I was being jolted between three different books, and I only really liked one of them.

 

Tao’s dystopian future were my favorite parts of the book. It was so compelling. But, like I said, having it feel all feel so disconnected and the other two storylines falling short, in my opinion, it didn't work as a whole.

 

In the end, I just didn’t really like the book.

 

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

 

RATING: ★★☆☆☆/ 2 Stars.

GENRE: Fiction, Historical, Futuristic

 

SYNOPSIS: In the spirit of Station Eleven and Never Let Me Go, this dazzling and ambitious literary debut follows three generations of beekeepers from the past, present, and future, weaving a spellbinding story 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 sets out to build a new type of beehive one that will give both him and his children honor and fame.

 

United States, 2007. George is a beekeeper fighting an uphill 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 on a grueling journey to find out what happened to him.

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