The Bumblebee Flies Anyway
Barney Snow lives in the Complex, an institution for the terminally ill. Everyone around him is slowly dying, day by day. But is Barney any different? He's not sick, so why is he here? He devises a plan to make the most of whatever life he and his friends have left, because there is no escape from the Complex...except death.
Despite the incredibly depressing setting for the novel, this is another one of Cormier's lighter books, because the end, while sad, is o ...more
The main characters are Barney, Billy, Mazzo, Allie, Cassie, and the Handyman. Barney is the only subject in the facility that is not close to death. Billy is another patient at the hospital who makes friends with barney. Allie is another patient at the hospital who has a speech impediment. Mazzo is also close to death and never leaves his bed at the facil ...more
This is the lowest rating I've given one of his novel's and the reason for that is it wasn't as suspenseful as his ...more
—The Bumblebee Flies Anyway, P. 41
As always, I am awestruck by the writing of Robert Cormier.
The Bumblebee Flies Anyway is such a different kind of book from anything else out there that to compare it to another novel would be a disservice to it. That would be bringing it down to a level of commonness that the story totally flies above, separated into some ...more
In first picking up this book, I noticed its rather dark cover and the contrasting red car. Obviously, this car is important, and cars in general must have some role in this story because of the junk yard depicted on the front cover. However, all of these details made me feel disconnected because they seemed rather male oriented; because of this, I was a bit apprehensive in getting into the text.
As I read the text, I found myself motivated to continue because I wanted to know more about the pro...more
This book was interesting, but kind of scary at the same time. Barney seems to be the one constant for all the other people in the clinic until.... Lots of interesting twists and turns that keep you sucked ...more