"A philosophical question: if a tree falls in a forest and no-one is
around to hear it,does it make a sound?
And if a woman who's wholly alone occasionally talks
to a pot plant, is she certifiable?
I'm confident that it is perfectly normal
to talk to oneself occasionally.
It's not as though I'm expecting a reply.
I'm fully aware that Polly
is a houseplant"
(Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, p57)
'The History of Bees' by Maja Lunde
I seriously cannot put this book down. The short chapters and three distinct but interwoven plots shift across timezones set almost 250 years apart. In some ways it reminds me of another favourite of mine The Time Traveller's Wife, the way it yo-yos back and forth in time following the love story of time hopper Henry and his beloved Clare; or David Mitchell's marvellous Cloud Atlas masterpiece.
I am finding myself resonating the most with the character Tao, a Chinese mother from the year 2098 who faces every mother's worst nightmare. She is defiant and courageous and goes to unbelievable heart-wrenching lengths to find her little boy Wei-Wen. The storyline seamlessly moves across centuries without my noticing, and has inspired within me a deep appreciation and respect for the noble bees in my backyard - and for their vital importance to the survival of our planet! A great read! For more information and reviews click here or use the 'buy now' button to purchase your own copy.
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