The Murmur of Bees
Tears have not flown this freely since I read Hardy’s Jude the Obsure. The mother’s litany of thoughts toward the end of the book is deeply moving and beautifully written. The language is simple but masterful. This writer has a command of the story and her characters. What seems like a fairy tale is denied by the depth of her characters. It is a mythical but realistic story.
It begins with an old woman rocking in her chair seemingly as withered as the wood she sits in. She stares down the road in anticipation with her unseeing eyes. Soon, we will meet the family of two older daughters, the son born to his mother in her later years and the godson of the family, named by the old lady: Simonopio. The stories are told through narration and in the voice of the youngest son who is tutored by Simonopio. Simonopio has an affinity for bees. This is an incredible book by a great writer. I encourage everyone to run to obtain a copy. I await other books by this author.
After editing at City Book Review for a few years, I took up the duties of editorial assistant, which include assigning books for review, posting reviews to our various sites, and nagging reviewers for things. In my non-nagging time, I’m a gamer, artist, writer, and notorious black thumb/bane of plants. My answer to every book-related question: read Octavia Butler.
|Author||Sofia Segovia • Simon Bruni, Translator|
|Page Count||536 pages|
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