The Secret Life of Bees
"The bees came the summer of 1964, the summer I turned fourteen and my life went spinning off into a whole new orbit, and I mean whole new orbit. Looking back on it now, I want to say the bees were sent to me. I want to say they showed up like the angel Gabriel appearing to the Virgin Mary, setting events in motion I could never have guessed." So begins the story of Lily M...more
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But the book does have some saving graces. First, the writing is ...more
It was touching, well-written, beautiful, full of expression, insightful, anything you could want in a book and then some. It started off with a bang, that wasn't a bang... it grabbed you, but didn't startle you so much that the rest of the book was dull in comparison. T ...more
Now, I'm not much for spending time on fiction. I don't need entertainment, I need information. But as a story teller, occasional writing class instructor, I like to keep up with some of the new fiction.
Bees is pretty good. I don't get a sense of the forced or trite he ...more
Some of the ideas patly blurbed on the back seemed compelling. Mary definitely wasn't a WASP, so that's interesting; beekeeping is fertile for extended metaphor; and tough runaway girlchildren are a favorite, chixploitation or no. But ...more
oh god, and the epigraphs at the beginning of each chapter are so hit-you-over-the-head ...more
If you've read The Help, you don't need to read this. One contemporary coming of age book about a white southern girl amongst black women discovering life in 1960s is plenty.
Sue Monk Kidd's explosively popular (I'm going to go out on a very sturdy limb and guess that this was an Oprah book) The Secret Life of Bees is a perfectly enjoyable read that any mother would love. Oh the imagery, the ambian ...more
Timeline early sixties, place racially-charged South Carolina, it’s an inspirational and decidedly feminist book with an interesting touch of spiritualism. The courageous story of a young girl’s escape from a bitter and a ...more
Who was persistently screaming Cliché!!! a ...more
That said, however, Sue Monk Kidd completely made me change my tune. While this book isn't perfect, I was completely enchanted by the writing, the pacing, and the careful observation. As a Virginian well-versed in humid Southern summers and Southern cooking, I thought Kidd did a fantastic job o ...more
The story revolves around 14 year old Lily Owens and is at times, dark. But as Lily tries to make sense of her life and tries to find another way, she meets some amazingly strong and loving women who show her what a real family is about.
The Secret Life of Bees is a well written story that flows seamlessly. The characters are people who charm their way into your heart with their qu ...more
The story is a reversal of Huck Finn's tale, which results in a schmaltzy schlock. The novel is full of stereotypes - 99% of the white male figures are abusive bastards, the girl's fa ...more
I am not totally blasting this book--much of it was written well, and parts were almost enjoyable. Lily was (most of the time) a pretty likable character, and I actually cared about her during the book. ...more
Lily Owen is a fourteen year old poor Southern white girl who lives on an isolated peach farm with her abusive father T. Ray and Rosaleen the big hearted black housekeeper. Lily's mother died tragically when she was four years old. Lily has grown up believing that she was the one who accidentally killed her mother with a shotgun. Lily spends most her days working hard on the farm with no appreciation or love from her ...more
The young girl, Lily, has an imagination from the get go.
I used to have daydreams in wh...more
Lily's voice is wonderful. Her views are funny, realistic and hopeful. Never does she lose hope and she always tries so hard to find the good.
In the end, this book is about being protected, loving & being loved and forgiveness.
Sue Monk Kidd
Penguin Group, 2003, $14.00, 336 pgs.
“Most people don’t have any idea about all the complicated life going on inside a hive. Bees have a secret life we don’t know anything about” (Kidd 148). The Secret Life Of Bees allows us to discover more about creatures we think less of. Bees – what do they do? Disgusting and small, how complicated can things be for them? All they do is make honey and buzz, being sticky and annoying. That was what I thou ...more
The Secret life of Bees is a large combination of beautiful moments, scenes, words, principles and characters, such as May, the one sister who “has no walls around her heart”, and the description of “wailing wall” where one deal with her / his own suffering. I love what Augu ...more
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SUE MONK KIDD was raised in the small town of Sylvester, Georgia. She graduated from Texas Christian University in 1970 and later took creative writing courses at Emory University and Anderson College, as well as studying at Sewanee, Bread Loaf, and other writers’ conferences. In her forties, Kidd turned her attention to writing fiction, winning the South Carolina Fellowship in Literature and the ...more