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  • Lesley A @Lesley4 Frant updated 3 months ago

    The Murmur of Bees: Discussion

    This was a novel that felt to me as if it needed a good editor. Just a bit too long.

    I don’t really know what I thought - I’m on the fence - I’m not a great fan of magical realism so couldn’t quite get my head around those bees and their affinity with Simonopio. My other concern was ‘time’ - I felt as though it was all wrong. I felt Simonopio grew up too quickly, one minute being suckled at the breast, then he was a youth, but at the same time the daughter’s wedding preparations were still ongoing. Am I alone in thinking the author messed up her timelines a bit, and I’m not referring to the zigzagging backwards and forwards?

    Having been negative so far, I did actually quite enjoy the book. The bits about the Spanish Flu were horribly relevant to today! I enjoyed the Mexican historical setting and quite liked the style of writing.

    I’ll be very interested in what others think. Maybe I’ll be swayed off the fence.
    • @Le... I also found the bits about spanish flu very interesting, and also ( if its true) about the..

    • Just finished it this very moment. I don't want to offend anyone that enjoyed the book so maybe I ju..

    • No one in the group wrote the book so no one should be offended. For me the joy of a book group is t..

    • I must admit that I do not find this book an easy read, being just over halfway feels as though it c..

    • @Le... ok then. I'm not a literature expert but by my limited knowledge this is book is a good exa..

    • - Segovia is NOT a storyteller of the human nature, not one bit. But I'm afraid she thinks she is.....

    • @To... All that made me laugh. I see you REALLY didn't like it! I agree with a lot of what you say.

    • And it has reminded me of a couple of things. I don't normally get on that well with South American ..

    • @Le... yes, exactly. I thought she had thought writing those endless chapters: "Oh, yes, this is g..

    • I agree with the other comments. It kept stopping the story line at the wrong moment and the time li..

    • Yes, I also figured how the story might end pretty early (Simonopio + bees + Anselmo), but I hoped t..

    • am I the only one who really enjoyed this book? I vote it the best book this year. I liked the histo..

    • That's good Min. It would be boring if we all liked the same thing. I am still ambivalent. I didn't ..

    • I agree with a lot of the above, both good and bad. It certainly is very Latin American, which is no..

    • Let me just add that I also enjoyed the book for the first 100 pages or so. I could see that each ch..

    • Thanks Clare. I agree it was a bit different though I won't be rushing to read anything else by her...

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Book club

This group is for people who like to read a book and discuss it with others. We will choose a book each month from titles suggested by members of the group. We will then return for an on-line discussion at a pre selected date which will be 6 weeks later. Important that we suggest books which are readily available, not too expensive, and not too long.

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