El murmullo de las abejas by Sofía Segovia

El murmullo de las abejas

El murmullo de las abejas , nombrada "La mejor novela del 2015" por iTunes.La autora que despierta la historia de México y recupera su lugar en nuestros corazones.En Linares, al norte del país, con la Revolución mexicana como telón de fondo, un buen día, la vieja nana de la familia abandona sorpresivamente un reposo que parecía eterno para perderse en el monte. Cuando la encuentran, sostiene dos pequeños bultos, uno en cada brazo: de un la...

Details El murmullo de las abejas

TitleEl murmullo de las abejas
Release DateMar 23rd, 2015
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Magical Realism

Reviews El murmullo de las abejas

  • MissBecka
    Update: After chatting with Sofía Segovia at our book club discussion, I am even more obsessed with her work and cannot wait for her next book to be translated!!!P.S. She said Peregrinos will be the next one translated! Original:A heartfelt historical fiction with a touch of magic.This author blew me away! The writing is beyond amazing!!!I found myself setting it aside to try and make it last longer; while at the same time itching to read more.I...
  • Tahera
    I am not even sure I can write anything coherent to describe the beauty and magic of this book. Originally written in Spanish, the version I was reading is an English translation by Simon Bruni and if the translation was this beautiful, emotionally satisfying and evocative, I can only imagine the magic of the original.Beautiful, mesmerising, magical. Simonopio and his bees are just the kind of guardian angels, protectors and friends people would ...
  • Nadia
    The Murmur of Bees is a historical fiction novel by Mexican author Sofia Segovia, her first to be translated into English. The novel is set in Northern Mexico in the early 20th century amidst the Mexican Revolution and the deadly Spanish flu pandemic. The story follows the lifetime of the Morales family of landowners. When an abandoned baby with a hive of bees next to him is found on the Morales land, Francisco and Beatriz Morales adopt the baby ...
  • Deborah
    Sofia Segovia pens a story with much artistic license inspired from events that occurred in northern Mexico starting in 1910. An abandoned baby is discovered disfigured and covered with bees. Simonopio is welcomed and adopted by the local landowners, Francisco and Beatriz Morales. The bees warmed, warned, fed, comforted, protected, and communicated with Simonopio showing him the paths and the world surrounding him. He listens to the oral tales an...
  • Lisa
    A creative and beautifully written story of a disfigured boy with a language all his own. SUMMARYThe ancient Nana Reja finds a newborn baby boy abandoned under a bridge, and the lives of a family ina small village are changed forever. The baby was disfigured and covered in a living blanket of bees. Little Simonopio was thought by some to be kissed by the devil. But as he grows the Morales family who raises him, finds him to be incredible gifted. ...
  • Barbara
    This is rhe story of the Morales family in Linares, Mexico, near Monterrey. It is a time of turmoil to come with the Mexican Revolution and the Flu Pandemic of 1918 which leaves the town desolated and destroyed. Magical realism infuses the story with the presence of Nana Reja, who serves the Morales family as a wet nurse for decades (that is the magical part), and the abandoned child Simonopio, adopted by the Morales. Simonopio spends his life co...
  • Karen Kay
    I received this from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. Set against the backdrop of the Mexican Revolution and the devastating influenza of 1918, The Murmur of Bees captures both the fate of a country in flux and the destiny of one family that has put their love, faith, and future in the unbelievable.Well, I tried to like this book and I feel that I gave it a fair chance by reading about 50%. But I just couldn't force myself to go any furthe...
  • Melissa Crytzer Fry
    **3.5 rounded up**This novel was among a handful offered as a free e-book by Amazon Crossing, as part of World Book Day in March. Otherwise, it likely would not have been on my radar. Translated from Spanish, The Murmur of Bees was a fun read for me because of my fascination with those honey-makers (and my horror at seeing our desert – FILLED with blooms from a wet spring – nearly absent of bees!). The setting also interested me, given my phy...
  • Sandra
    Fantastic characters. Beautiful, beautiful writing. So evocative... I wish I could have read it in Spanish, but I happened to get a copy in English first. That said, Simon Bruni's translation is amazing. 5 stars.
  • Lynne
    A beautiful book about the life of a disfigured, abandoned child who grows up in northern Mexico during the early 20th century. I was so mesmerized reading this book it’s the first time I ever read while brushing my teeth! The story telling truly enables you to feel you are a part of the scenery while challenging your mind with clever foreshadowing. I highly recommend this book and wouldn’t be surprised if it wins awards.
  • L A
    Thanks to AmazonCrossingand Netgalley for the Advance Review Copy.Wow. What an absolute gem of a novel. The cover and synopsis grabbed my attention immediately and I knew once I had finishedthe first few chapters that I was reading something trulyspecial.The novel follows the saga of the Morales family in Northern Mexico and those linked to their story. The bookstarts with a mystery, an abandoned baby boy with some unusual friends. It follows his...
  • Celia
    An abandoned baby boy is found. He is covered with a swarm of bees. The bees are his friends and would never harm him; in fact, it is their job to protect him."And they all wondered how old Nana Reja had found him, covered in a living blanket of bees.""...a newborn baby with a disfigured face, wrapped in the nana’s shawl and a living blanket of bees."They name him Simonopio. Although he is feared by some because of his disfigurement, he is love...
  • Yvonne (It's All About Books)
    Finished reading: April 7th 2019 "Simonopio was for the outdoors, for the wild. He was for reading life, not books." *** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and AmazonCrossing in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! *** (view spoiler)[I was attracted to this story as a bee to honey right from the very first time I saw it mentioned. I love stories with an international setting and I'm always trying to read more interna...
  • Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits)
    See more of my book reviews on my blog, Literary FlitsI do love reading Latin American magical realism novels! I know the genre isn't to everyone's taste, but if it's to yours then I would highly recommend grabbing yourself a copy of The Murmur Of Bees to read this summer. I can't comment on the original Spanish, but Simon Bruni's English language translation kept me glued to every page of this historical epic. Segovia weaves the story of a cleft...
  • Seema Rao
    Magical ~ Beautiful ~ Engrossingtl; dr: Foundling transforms a familySegovia's book, and probably thanks in part to the strengths of the translator, is a lovely story of a group of people living at the time of the Mexican revolution. A young boy is found and cared for by a group of strong, but quirky women. Segovia is a masterful writer. Readers who love language will luxuriate in her descriptions. This book would make a great book club selection...
  • Rachel Simone
    I spent the last 30 pages of this book hysterically crying. I was so moved by the ending. It is a slow burn and very character driven.The style kind of reminded me of John Steinbeck.
  • Debbi
    Sadly, I am going to put this one aside. I say sadly because I waited with great anticipation for it's release. I love historical fiction and I particularly love Latin American fiction. I gave the book 240 pages to win me over and it didn't. It had possibilities, but it moved very slowly. The characters were not compelling and as I reached the half way mark the plot was still unclear. Because there were so many good reviews in Spanish I wonder if...
  • sharon mason
    Pay attention, Listen carefully.That is the sum up in this book. To pay attention to all that's around you and to listen carefully for more than your ears can hear. It is a magical book, full of enduring, patience and love. The hero is unique, disfigured but a companion with bees. His journey affects all others in his world, not only his adopted family but also the natural environment surrounding them. Read with an open mind and you will find lov...
  • Barbara
    “The Murmur of Bees” is the second audio novel I’ve listened to while working ardently to move my household. I was attracted to the novel because it’s the first novel by Mexican author Sofia Segovia that has been translated into English. Plus, it involves the Mexican mysticism that the country favors. The story begins when a baby is found under a bridge covered in bees. To compound his oddness, he has a cleft palate that was thought to be...
  • Cheeky Cher
    3 stars - It was good.Life waits for no one, and death takes us all.The plot is fairly predictable and things take a long time to progress. Still held my interest until the end and along the way I learned historical things about Mexico from the early 1900’s (Spanish influenza pandemic, Constitutional law on idle land).-------------------------------------------Favorite Quote: It doesn’t matter whether time passes slowly or quickly. What you c...
  • Andrea
    3.5/5This was an amazing Historical Fiction story that started an unusual protagonist. Simonopio is discovered by Nana Reja who is the wet nurse for the Morales family. They adopt him even though he has a cleft palate and is covered in a living blanket of bees. As Simonopio grows, he begins to develop a gift for premonition and uses it to protect his family. Set against the backdrop of the Mexican Revolution and the Influenza outbreak, reading th...
  • Peggy
    In one word: BEAUTIFUL!The writing is insanely beautiful. I could basically quote the whole book here as an example. And credits for this not only to the author, but to the translator as well. The story itself is beautiful. It's wonderful and sad. It made me smile but also brought me to the brink of tears. I loved the touch of magical realism to it. The characters are amazing. My dream is to one day understand Spanish well enough to read a book l...
  • Liz
    WOW.... fuck... this... book. I gave it a chance, which I shouldn't have -- read about half of it, then you can bet your butt I skimmed the rest (and "skimmed" is putting it generously).I literally only read this because it was the September pick for my Spanish book club -- which I would have skipped, but I've missed the last two, so I basically *have* to go to this one (it's a long story). After this fucking disaster, I don't think I will be goi...
  • Alena
    I loved the last 159 pages but it’s a long way to get there. More thoughts soon.
  • Jeanne
    The Murmur of the Bees may be my favorite book this year.Murmur of the Bees is written by Sofía Segovia and translated from Spanish by Simon Bruni. I'd read The Light of the Fireflies last year – also translated by Bruni – and thought its language was pretty flat. This was not the case with Murmur of the Bees (does he only work on insect novels?), which was lyrical and magical (actually, magical realism).This is a book is set in Northeastern...
  • Linda Zagon
    Linda’s Book Obsession Reviews “The Murmur of Bees” by Sofia Segovia, Amazon Crossing, April 2019 (Translated by Simon Bruni)Sofia Segovia has written a captivating, intense, intriguing, and thought-provoking novel. The Genres for this novel are Fiction, and Historical Fiction as researched and interpreted by the author. There are several layers in this story. There are also elements of Superstition and Tall Tales that are written as well. ...
  • Thebooktrail
    Visit the locations in the novelSet against the backdrop of the Mexican Revolution and the devastating influenza of 1918, this is a brilliant novel in many ways.There’s lots of lovely magical realism in this book which made me think of the master Gabriel Garcia Marquez. It’s also quite long at almost 500 pages but then this just made the reading experience linger even more which I enjoyedThe novel is set in Northern Mexico during the days of ...
  • Neonila
    Words cannot describe how much I loved this book. Everything about it was spectacular, from the writing to the characters. It was truly a delight to follow Simonopio throughout his life and meet his family and get to know them through the ages. Essentially, we're following an entire town's life while simultaneously getting to know the culture of those years.The story that was being told? Simply astounding. It was heartwarming and sweet, but it al...
  • Lilliana
    I couldn't like this book more if I tried. I couldn't find an English version so I read the Spanish version. The story captivated me and I lost track of time. Transported to another time and another land I laughed out loud, cried and feared right along with the beautiful characters. This is a book I'd love to see turned into a movie. I will be tracking down Sofía Segovia's other book to read and anxiously awaiting more.