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Bienes historie ➤ [Epub] ➞ Bienes historie By Maja Lunde ➮ – Thomashillier.co.uk 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 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—and to their children and one another—against the backdrop of an urgent global crisisEngland William is a biologist and seed merchant who sets out to build a new type of beehive—one that will give both him and his children honor and fameUnited States George is a beekeeper fighting an uphill battle against modern farming but hopes that his son can be their salvationChina Tao hand paints pollen onto the fruit trees now that the bees have long since disappeared When Tao’s young son is taken away by the authorities after a tragic accident she sets out on a grueling journey to find out what happened to himHaunting illuminating and deftly written The History of Bees joins these three very different narratives into one gripping and thought provoking story that is just as much about the powerful bond between children and parents as it is about our very relationship to nature and humanity.

  • ebook
  • 352 pages
  • Bienes historie
  • Maja Lunde
  • English
  • 15 February 2014
  • 9781501161391

About the Author: Maja Lunde

Maja Lunde is a Norwegian author and screenwriter Lunde has written ten books for children and young adults She has also written scripts for Norwegian television including for the children’s series Barnas supershow “The Children’s Super Show” the drama series Hjem “Home” and the comedy series Side om Side “Side by Side” The History of Bees is her first novel for adults She lives with h.



10 thoughts on “Bienes historie

  1. Annemarie Annemarie says:

    Actual rating 25 🌟'sUnfortunately this was a bit of a disappointment for me I heard so many raving reviews about this book so I totally expected this to really draw me in and leave a lasting impression but that didn't really happen Mostly this was down to the characters I didn't get a good grip on them; they stayed very two dimensional throughout the entire book This is a shame because I feel that a deeper connection to the characters would have changed my feelings drasticallyThe story is told from three different points of view each taking place in a different time period I found all of the individual stories interesting but none of them really pulled on my heartstrings despite having the potential to do so Again this is where a better character development and deeper look into their lives and feelings would have been needed The chapters were all pretty short which was another thing that bothered me and I normally love short chapters Whenever the really interesting stuff seemed to start a discovery a new idea etc the chapter ended and the point of view changed And when the story turned back to a character time had already passed and the chapter picked up after all the exciting stuff had already happened and all you can read about now is the conclusions and the further actions the character is taking Longer chapters would have been so much better I needed feelings and thoughts and emotionsI heard so many critics talking about how important this book is I do agree that the topic is very important but the book itself? Not really I could have gone without reading it because I didn't see any real exploration on why bees dying would be a horrible thing to happen Like yeah the world doesn't seem to be such a nice place in the year 2098 but how exactly does this all relate to the bees? I needed answersview spoilerAnd after all the bees do come back in the end which by the way really needed an explanation? How the hell are they suddenly alive again?? The deep look into what is happening is missing here once again hide spoiler

  2. Diane S ☔ Diane S ☔ says:

    35 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 childVery slow start to this book was tempted to put it down but I have a profound interest in our environment especially after the fires storm hurricanes and earthuakes that have ravaged so many areas The lessening of the bee population has been on our nightly news and it is something I have noticed myself in the area in which I live Without bees and their pollination our food sources will collapse the world as we know it unrecognizable which is what happens in this novel So I kept reading and soon became better acuainted with these characters and how the author was putting her story together This book is not fun to read it is rather grim us screwing up our environment could be nothing less but also I think important The ending was so fitting and though sad also ends with a ray of hope It all ties together all three storiesand in a round about way comes full circle Rather ingenious A book I ended up glad I had readARC from Netgalley

  3. Mallpunk Mallpunk says:

    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 like an afterthought to tidy up loose ends and not something that touches upon the core of the story

  4. Taryn Taryn says:

    Without bees the flowers were just flowers not blueberries not bread and butter 35 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 trained for the job as soon as they enter school and begin working in the fields when they turn eight years old Like any parent Tao wants her three year old son Wei Wen to have opportunities than she did She spends her rare time off teaching him so that he can attend a special leadership training school and avoid a lifetime of back breaking labor When Wei Wen mysteriously collapses and is whisked away by the authorities everything changes Tao blames herself because she thinks it's her dreams for him that caused the accident She's willing to sacrifice everything to find him• Hertfordshire England in 1851 William is a biologist whose academic specialty is superorganisms Superorganisms are individual insects that function together as a single organism; they need each other in order to survive as a whole William sank into a deep depression after his mentor belittled him for sacrificing his life's work to have a large family When his passion reignites he becomes obsessed with building the perfect beehive one that will benefit both the beekeepers and the bees He wants his son Edmund to continue his research but Edmund is disinterested in his father's attempts to lure him into the family business William's obsession with making his son carry on his legacy prevents him from seeing the true heir to his research• Ohio USA in 2007 George descends from a long line of beekeepers He devotes his entire life to his bee farm and ensuring his bees are thriving He wants his son to take over the farm but his son is interested in his college studies and cultivating his writing career The stress of bee farming increases when bee colonies begin disappearing in the southern USA While his bees are doing fine so far the future of his farm becomes uncertain She read about knowledge About acting against one’s instincts because one knows better about how in order to live in nature with nature we must detach ourselves from the nature in ourselves And about the value of education Because this was what education was actually about defying the nature in oneself  The History of Bees is about letting go and resisting the impulse to exert control over everything Every parent and mentor in this book has a fixed vision for their child's or apprentice's future There seems to be the expectation that the next generation justify their position on this earth Trying to tame the natural order has disastrous conseuences Each character has a firm idea of their child's place in the universe and the means through which that place will be achieved but it's not until they relax their control that they are able to gain clarity One major lesson is that one doesn't have to choose between life and passion Sometimes that passion is our contribution to our families and the future A single person’s life a single person’s flesh blood body fluids nerve signals thoughts fears and dreams meant nothing My dreams for my son didn’t mean anything either if I failed to put them into a context and see that the same dreams had to apply to all of us There are so many beautiful moments of interconnection throughout the story Tao decorates her son's room with fluorescent star stickers that used to adorn her own childhood room She feels as if she created a bond between my own childhood and his between us and the world between the world and the universe On a larger scale there's a moment when Tao watches a documentary about the beekeepers who were affected by Colony Collapse Disorder History comes alive for her At another time she may have thought the interviews were just testimonies from another time from people who had nothing to do with her but with experience she realizes that every single personal catastrophe meant her ownAnd having been freed from sin you became slaves of righteousness What did that mean? That he who is captive is perhaps the only one who is truly free? Doing the right thing can be a prison a form of captivity but we had been shown the way Why didn’t we manage it then? Not even in meeting with His creation did human beings succeed in doing the right thingThis book was originally published in Norwegian but I read the English translation I chose this book because I love dystopian fiction and the in the spirit of  Station Eleven and  Never Let Me Go blurb called my name I can see the Station Eleven comparison clearly than Never Let Me Go The thing that draws me to Kazuo Ishiguro's work is the haunting melancholic atmosphere and I just didn't get that from this book I debated on whether to round my star rating up on down I decided to round up because somehow it managed to worm its way into my heart The downsides of this book were the pacing and some of the characterization It was slowly paced at times so my interest waxed and waned It occasionally comes across as a message book but it's not overly heavy handed It almost had a YA feel to it—especially George's chapters—even though there are no young adult main characters I found out after writing this review that this is the author's first novel for adults Tao was my favorite of the three perspectives She felt the most human while William and George felt like characters Even though the male characters didn't feel as authentic to me they still had interesting stories William is strange and insufferable but his passion for the natural world is contagious Some of my favorite chapters were actually in his sections when he talks about the lifecycle of bees at the 45% 87% mark of my copy George is old fashioned and set in his ways He's never able to say the right thing His folksy simplicity didn't always ring true to me but I could understand the dreams and fears that motivated his actions and resentments Alone she’s nothing a part so tiny that it’s insignificant but with the others she’s everything Because together they’re the hive In The History of Bees the author draws connections between the small and the large between the power of creation and creation itself Every living thing in this book is fighting the ordinary daily struggle for their descendants and survival The three protagonists are decades sometimes centuries apart They don't know each other and they may not live to realize how essential their contributions were but together they make a huge impact on mankind's fate The characters' lives and the lives of their offspring didn't go as planned but their creative solutions influence humanity's future path This book gave me a larger appreciation for all those who've come before us and made an impact on our lives even if they would never get a chance to benefit from it OTHER My biblical knowledge is lacking so I wanted some context with this uote This sermon helped me out Slaves of Righteousness Romans 619 23 It also has some analysis of 1984 and Brave New World which was interesting A reassuring article to read after reading this book Bees Are Bouncing Back From Colony Collapse DisorderI received this book for free from Netgalley and Touchstone This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review It will be available August 22 2017

  5. Manny Manny says:

    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 might feel like helplessly watching your partner becoming progressively estranged from you until you can no longer touch them or even talk to them It might feel like discovering that your life work everything you've ever tried to do was a waste of time and you might as well not have bothered It might feel like realising that your child has been taken away and nothing you can do will ever bring them backBut it's worse than any of those things

  6. Tanja Berg Tanja Berg says:

    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 anywayThis 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 There are three different plots on different timelines William in 1952 trying to figure out a sensible bee cube George in 2007 who is experiencing colony collapse disorder and has troubled relations with his son Tao in 2098 a time when all the bees are gone there are world wide food shortages and all farm plants have to be hand pollinated The plotlines converge in the end They all involve bees so there is coherence in them from the start anywayThe book deals with family dysfunction as much as with bees There is a strong voice of criticism raised against mono culture farming It is truly amazing that so few can feed so many but the system we have set up is largely based on poison and uite fragile I don't have any solution up my sleeve we cannot feed 7 billion people with ecological farmingSo this book mixes historical fiction with futuristic dystopia It's unusual but it works It's a beautifully written novel exploring relationships between people and people and ecology Easily read but not easily forgotten The book leaves us to consider what we can do for a sustainable future

  7. Mel (Epic Reading) Mel (Epic Reading) says:

    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 as well; England USA and China respectively Of course the future timeline starts off the most interesting because we get to learn what Lunde sees as our and the bees world in 80ish years As always it's a bit bleak In 2007 we are treated to honey production at the farm scale not industrial but still as the main income source And of course anyone who is aware of the bee situation today knows that this was around the time colonies were starting to suddenly collapse with no reason The past starts off slow but becomes really interesting as a man with an awful lot of children starts innovating his own type of beehive The innovation is to allow for easier harvesting of the honey that doesn't reuire as many bees dying when you open the hive to harvest Characters This is where Lunde really excels Her characters are so life like The point of views one per timeline we are treated to are parents with children at various ages Relationships between parents and their children are what The History of Bees is really about; and what makes it a solid 'typical book club' pick In all cases the parents wish better for their children or at least speak of a legacy to help their children have better lives than their own in the future A very typical parental obsession; but portrayed here in a way which even adults without children like myself can understand and appreciate It's all about the beesI've looked into a small beehive for our yard before with no success because we don't think we can meet the space regulations So going into this I knew a teeny tiny bit about colony collapse disorder CCDNow after reading this I'm determined to have a hive at some point under my care The bees are the link between our three timelines but they are also the link to humanity's survival Pollination is key for most fruits and many other food sources to grow Now let's be specific here for a minute we are talking about honeybees There are lots of kinds of bees but the ones that are critical make the honey It's clear even to a very amateur prospective beekeeper that Lunde has done her homework here Everything that happens in the 2007 timeline has already happened and her descriptions and explanations of the situations are anything but boring Most of our characters are in love with bees and so they speak or think passionately about it With just the right amount of truth and science built in A very enjoyable way to learn about honey bees So for me the book felt like it was all about the bees and bees are what drew me to it Even though the bees are the link across time the reality is that The History of Bees is about people coping with being a parent in their given timeline The bees just make it sweeter OverallThe History of Bees was effortless to read The characters and settings seemed to leap off the page for me With the addition of a very relevant important and interesting topic of bees thrown in this was a lovely piece of literature and one I look forward to adding to my print book collection the next time I'm at a bookstore In my book collection these days there is no higher honour than being an ebook or review copy that I read and decide to buy a print copy of Lunde has earned this honour and I can't wait to read her next novel For this and of my reviews please visit my blog at Epic Reading Please note I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley This is an honest and unbiased review

  8. Alex Alex says:

    I am somewhere between 2 and 3 stars At first I liked the three apparently different stories But as I read I got annoyed and bored I think one of the main tasks of a writer is to keep the readers interested This is the difficult job Lundes message is good and the idea how to present it was also innovative But i think the whole story would have made a powerful impression if the book had been smaller I think sometimes that the authors are trying to create atmosphere and that is why they write stuff which apparently has nothing to to with the main story But Lunde as some other authors that I read did before her wrote page after page and dialogues without any purpose Descriptions of doing this and doing that one page full which have no point but to bore the hell out of the reader Tao Story very interesting dystopy I liked the idea a lot But come on there is sooooo long winded Plus I came up with the child's diagnostic uite early so the whole story had no point for me anyGeorge Story the main idea the desaster is happening somewhere after dull pages presenting the work as a beekeeper She tried to make it interesting by presenting the whole father son relationship but there was no drama no nothing to keep the reader interested Me at least William Story boring presentation of depression or some sort of psychiatric problem the guy had All the characters are superficially presented the language is mediocre and I have to say I was glad when it was over1 star for the dystopy idea and for the whole idea in general 1 star for the infos about bees 1 star for presenting a potential desastrous future that is not far from the reality And the whole 3 stars and not 2 for not making me aggresive as other books i read in the last months

  9. Lucy Banks Lucy Banks says:

    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest reviewA slow burner but loving the exploration into the vital importance of beesBees 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 headThe story follows three narratives William a bee hive designer obsessive from the Victorian era George a grumpy old bee farmer in what felt like modern times and Tao a low level pollinator in the futureTheir stories though very different had fascinating similarities All were in some way searching for 'lost' sons All of their lives were in some way dependent on bees and all were directly indirectly affected by the great bee collapse I'm paraphrasing here it was called something else in the bookTao was the most interesting mainly because the author had very successfully created this dystopian future minus the bees and it felt alarmingly possible The tense relationship between George and his son was likewise fascinating though there were times when the narrative about William felt a little stagnantOne thing that worked fabulously was how the narratives were tied together at the end though it's uite a big ask of the author to expect their readers to wait so long to get a hint of this clever ending However respect for doing itit worked well Overall an engaging well plotted read

  10. Carlos Carlos says:

    35 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 so I would say it had a slow start The book picks up in the middle but the conclusion in all these timelines felt a little too dark for me The beekeeping added a certain romantic aura to all the timelines and I appreciated that Definitely very interesting debut by this author

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