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Sunday, February 15, 2009

The Secret Life of Bees

I hadn't read Sue Monk Kidd's The Secret Life of Bees even though it had come highly recommended from several people. I don't really know why, other than sometimes I feel overloaded with tales of Civil Rights and southerners, or perhaps I just wasn't interested in yet another coming of age book. But when our Sunday School Literature Class chose this novel as our next read, I figured I might as well give it a go, espcially after my friend Donna started raving about it.
I wish I could state as eloquently as the author why this book succeeds. There were moments when reading that I'd stop and be pulled out of the book simply by the beauty of the writing. For example, the author describes the moon pulling the darkness of night across the sky; I know I will never look at a summer moon rising just after dusk quite the same way again.
Beyond the beauty of the language, the relationships between the characters have so much depth that I think I could reread this book several times and not quite get to the bottom of it all. It could easily have slipped into that conundrum of "black people=good, white people=evil", and yet, the love encompassed so much more than skin tone. Truth is an underlying theme throughout with the idea that you can't go forward without looking back.
I loved this book and I'm so glad I read it. I haven't watched the movie yet, and I hear mixed reviews from my friends on that one. However, this book got inside me in such a good, profound way, I don't know if I even want to watch the movie. All I can say is, read this one. You won't be sorry.
My amazon review, in case you're inclined to visit and vote, can be found at


Nanci said...

I can't believe you'd not read this before! I'm so glad you liked it. I, too, share your boredom with the zillions of Southern civil rights tales, but this one truly is fantastic. Did you see the movie? I've got it in my Netflix queue, and my mom tells me she liked it (and found it very true to the book).

Taminator said...

I haven't seen the movie but I think I'd like to. Sometimes movies ruin the book for me, but I am hearing good things about it so I'll probably add it to our queue as well.

Les said...

I loved this when I read it when it first came out! I'm not 100% certain, but I think I may have read it a second time. Gotta love getting old - my memory is terrible!

I'm not sure if I want to see the movie. Maybe it's been long enough since I read the book that I won't notice any obvious changes to the plot. Maybe having a poor memory is a good thing after all! :)

Elizabeth Chadwick said...

I loved this one although it's a while since I read it. Glad you enjoyed it Tammy. Nanci, there's a film? Right, I'm off to add it to my rental list!