The History of Bees by Maja Lunde

The History of Bees

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, to their children, and to 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 hi...


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TitleThe History of Bees
Author
Release DateAug 22nd, 2017
PublisherTouchstone
LanguageEnglish
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Science Fiction, Dystopia
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Reviews The History of Bees

  • Diane S ☔
    2017-09-19
    3.5 Three stories that are connected, though how is not apparent until book's end. 1851, William, 2007, George and 2098, Tao, tied together by their dependency on bees. In 2098, the bees have all been wiped out, in China they pollinate by hand, a labor intensive endeavor. Each of these three have sons, so this is also very much about the bond and expectations between parent and child.Very slow start to this book, was tempted to put it down, but I...
  • بثينة العيسى
    2018-03-01
    رواية لا تُنسى، ومن أجمل ما قرأت. هي من ذلك النوع الناعم الذي يمنحك البصيرة ويريك عوالم غير مسبوقة. أحببتها وممتنة للترجمة البديعة. تمنّيتُ ألا تنتهي.
  • Taryn
    2017-08-16
    Without bees, the flowers were just flowers, not blueberries, not bread and butter. 3.5 Stars. The three protagonists are multiple generations apart, but their lives are all linked by the fate of bees:• Sichuan, China in 2098: Pollinating insects completely disappeared from Earth over half a century before, so humans have assumed the bees' role. In order to survive, humans have refined the arduous process of hand-pollination. Children are trai...
  • Manny
    2018-01-15
    All over the world, the bees are dying. Despite considerable research, we don't really know why; it seems to be a combination of several different causes. Evidently, this is not good. But what does it mean in emotional terms? What would be an appropriate way to feel? Having read Maja Lunde's elegant and beautiful novel, I can suggest some possible answers:- It might feel like being hungry and knowing you're never going to get enough to eat.- It m...
  • Mallpunk
    2016-01-12
    I felt it was too simplistic. I never really connected with any of the three stories. I kept waiting for a plot twist or something that would really catch me, either emotionally or intellectually, but it continued straight all the way to the end. The characters lack depth and everything is over-explained. The ending attempts to bring together the threads, but it feels more like an afterthought to tidy up loose ends, and not something that touches...
  • Tanja Berg
    2015-08-22
    Rating 4* out of 5. Read in Norwegian. I feel a teeny weeny bit foolish reviewing this book in English, since it hasn't yet been released in any other country. It's been sold to several and it certainly has international appeal, and thus, I choose to review in English anyway.This is probably the most un-Norwegian book by a Norwegian author I have ever read. It works though. The book is beautifully written and a joy to read for sheer composition. ...
  • Mohamed Al
    2017-12-11
    لا بد أن البعض منكم، خصوصا إذا كان شقيًا مثلي في طفولته، تعرّض إلى لسعة مؤلمة من نحلة غاضبة بعد أن نكش خليتها بطرف عصا أو رماها بقطعة حجر. ولا بد كذلك أن البعض منكم تمنى مثلي، وهو يمسح بقايا المخاط والدموع من على وجهه، بينما تدلك والدته مكان لسعة الن...
  • Mel (Epic Reading)
    2018-01-24
    This is wonderful! By a Norwegian novel debut author, Maja Lunde; translated from Norwegian The History of Bees is really well written. While I give 80% of that credit to Lunde, a bit of credit is due to the translator Diane Oatley. Following three different timelines, all related to bees in some way, this is a literary masterpiece. The three settings We have 1898, 2007 and 2089 as our time periods. Set in completely different parts of the world ...
  • Lucy Banks
    2017-08-12
    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.A slow-burner, but loving the exploration into the vital importance of bees.Bees are absolutely my favourite insect, so a book with bees in the title was never going to be overlooked by me. As ever, I wasn't sure what to expect - and was mostly engaged, with just a few occasions where I was left scratching my head.The story follows three narratives - William, a bee-hi...
  • Katie.dorny
    2018-07-29
    Definitely between a 3.5/4 star read for me.Here we meet William, George and Tao. Our past, present and future in regards to our history with bees.Each character embodies a different personal, historical or familial crisis. In this book change is painful. Humanity is destroying itself trying to tame bees globally; and this relationship is also imprinted on our intimate relationships.All characters have varying relationships with their sons - it i...
  • Marialyce
    2017-07-31
    Rating wise this book is a tough one for me to call. There were parts of it that were excellent while also having parts that seemed to drag a bit. However, the author, Maja Lunde, was able to weave a tale of three generations of bee keepers. Each one covered a time span. The past, was represented by William, a seed keeper who wants to build a perfect bee hive thus securing his fame and his family's future in the world he inhabits. In the present ...
  • Carlos
    2018-01-28
    3.5 stars for this book. It is a nice book that attempts to connect three timelines, one in the late 1800’s , the other in the early 2000 and the last one in the late 2000’s . The only thing linking them is the bees and how beekeeping has destroyed , supported and changed their life forever. It was a very interesting thing to try and keep up with all these timelines, at first it takes you some time to connect with all the different characters...
  • Annina
    2017-08-22
    Ich konnte das Buch kaum weglegen. Bei allen drei Protagonisten (insbesondere bei Tao) konnte ich mitfühlen. Ich finde Maja Lunde hat den Grat zwischen Fakten und Fiktion sehr gut getroffen und in einem simplen Stil wiedergegeben. Empfehlenswert.
  • Rafal
    2016-07-30
    Świetne czytadło. Połknąłem ją w kilka dni. Czytałem z wypiekami. A kilka razy łza zakręciła mi się oku. Ale mimo to mam do tej książki sporo zastrzeżeń.Żeby jednak nie było, że jestem marudnym pierdzielem - zacznijmy od zalet. Największą jest wspaniałe ekologiczne przesłanie. Po przeczytaniu tej książki człowiek aż chce zatroszczyć się o środowisko, zaczyna kochać pszczółki a zanim rozgniecie komara, zastanowi si...
  • Semjon
    2017-07-21
    Ich habe lange zwischen 2 und 3 Sternen geschwankt und mich nun letztlich für die bessere Note entschieden, weil das Buch durchaus unterhaltsam geschrieben ist. Zudem mag ich es, wenn verschiedene Handlungsstränge neben her laufen und am Ende verwoben werden. Zudem wird ein interessantes Thema mit dem Bienensterben aufgegriffen. So viel zu den positiven Aspekten. Ich war aber auch enttäuscht von dem Buch, denn der Titel lässt vermuten, dass d...
  • Lost In My Books
    2017-09-12
    "Jedna pszczoła bowiem jest niczym, cząstką tak małą, że całkiem pozbawioną znaczenia, natomiast razem z innymi jest wszystkim. Bo razem stanowią pszczelą rodzinę." Ta książka przewijała mi się naprawdę wiele razy, dużo osób mówiło o niej naprawdę pozytywnie, ale bałam się po nią sięgnąć, bo odnosiłam wrażenie, że może być nudna. Aż pewnego dnia (1,5 miesiąca temu) jakoś nagle naszła mnie ochota na nią i zrobi...
  • Touchstone Books
    2017-06-29
    For starters, our art team did an incredible job with the U.S. cover. Absolutely incredible. And when you see it in person, it's even more beautiful—tons of gold, special effects, I can't get over it. But that's what we had to do to live up to the gorgeous story inside. Would a world without bees be a world without us? You'll have to read it to find out.
  • Maryam
    2017-11-29
    This book consists of three connected stories which their connection is not clear until almost the end of the book. When the connection is revealed the three stories become one and it’s actually story of us, humans.1851/ England: William, an academic which tries to design a new bee hive in order to observe their lives. He’s obsessed with first his research then his son Edmund who seems ignores him all the time. 2007/USA. George. He’s from a...
  • Sandra
    2018-04-02
    Ateidami į pasaulį su savimi ir misiją atsinešame. Misija - kurti, naikinti, susinaikinti. Knygoje supintos trys istorijos apie vidines katastrofas, ištekančias toli už vidinių indų ir keičiančias pasaulį (priežastis ir pasekmė kaip varomoji knygos jėga). Visos jos susijusios su bitėmis ir bičių, kaip tobulų organizmų, elgsenos ypatumais. Istorija įtikinama ir verčianti apmąstyti savo šiandienos veiksmus, skatinanti žvelg...
  • Marjorie
    2017-07-16
    There are three stories in this wonderful novel about the history and destiny of bees and their ties to humanity. The stories take place in 1851, 2007 and 2098. 1851 tells the story of British shopkeeper William Savage, whose dream is to build a better bee hive to ensure his children a better future. 2007 centers on George and his son, Tom. George is a beekeeper who longs to build up his business together with Tom, but Tom’s longings lie elsewh...
  • Rebecca
    2017-08-31
    Blending historical, contemporary and future story lines, this inventive novel, originally published in Norway in 2015, is a hymn to the dying art of beekeeping and a wake-up call about the environmental disaster the disappearance of bees signals. The plot strands share the strong themes of troubled parenthood and the drive to fulfill one’s purpose. Like David Mitchell or Louisa Hall, Lunde juggles extremely different time periods and voices ad...
  • Susan
    2017-09-17
    This is a beautifully written story with an incredibly terrifying message. If the bees die, so do we. Simple as that. The three interconnected timelines focus on bees in the past, present and future. The past timeline deals with the invention of better beehives to aid in the study of bees. It doesn't sound super exciting but this family has a lot going on and they are quite interesting. I especially loved Charlotte, the budding feminist who doesn...
  • MadameMelli
    2017-07-06
    Schon länger hatte ich dieses Buch auf dem Schirm, jetzt habe ich es im Rahmen ekner Leserunde auch endlich verschlungen.Verschlungen trifft es auch gut, denn es hat einen recht klaren Erzählstil, der immer eine unbestimmte Melancholie durchscheinen lässt. So etwas liebe ich und auch diesmal konnte es mich überzeugen. Wir verfolgen die Geschichten dreier Familien, Jahrhunderte getrennt und doch irgendwie verbunden. Jeder der Protagonisten hat...
  • Karen Kay
    2017-09-08
    I received this ARC from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. This story is told from three exceedingly different views. William lives in England 1852, George in the U.S. 2007 and Tao in China 2098. Each character shows us how important bees are to our society.As with many translated books, I feel things are lost in the translation. Just like watching a bee buzzing around languidly from flower to flower, the story wandered from here to there t...
  • RoseMary Achey
    2017-09-12
    While there are many dual time novels The History of Bees uses three time periods; a historical, contemporary and futuristic to provide a brief history of bees. A historical fiction contemporary dystopian novel-is there such a category? Even if you are not the least interested in honey bees this is such an interesting novel and yes all three stories are related.
  • Marketa
    2018-02-11
    Taková jemně post- a pre-apo směs, která z pohledu tří různých lidí z různých dob vypráví docela podobné příběhy o vztahu mezi rodičem a dítětem, kterému dominuje hlavní téma - včely. Docela dost mě to bavilo, až jsem byla sama překvapená. ^^
  • Anni
    2018-07-05
    "I continued turning the pages until I came to the passages about knowledge, the same sentences I had read as a child, but now the words made an even greater impression: “In order to live in nature, with nature, we must detach ourselves from the nature in ourselves … Education means to defy ourselves, to deny nature, our instincts…”Three timelines and three generations of beekeepers are linked in this nightmarish vision of a global disast...
  • nettebuecherkiste
    2017-07-18
    England, 1852: William hat zu Gunsten seiner großen Familie auf eine große Karriere als Biologe verzichtet und verkauft stattdessen Saatgut. Als sein Mentor ihm sein eigenes Versagen vorführt, verfällt er in Lethargie. Bis er eine Idee hat, die ihn wieder aus dem Bett holt: ein neuartiger Bienenstock.Ohio, USA, 2007: Georges Familie betätigt sich seit Generationen hauptberuflich als Imker und diese Tradition soll nach seinem Willen fortgefü...
  • Lena♥Ribka
    2017-07-23
    Let see it as a coincidence: a big egg insecticide scandal in Germany that has spread to food stores across Europe, "emissionsgate", Trump's energy policy and me, reading The History of Bees. Actually I can add many other scandals to this list, those that are happening because of our reckless behavior or indifferent attitude to flora and fauna, those that lead to damage which can never be made good. The History of Bees is a book about bees. One c...