- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 9 hours and 54 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Penguin Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: March 30, 2009
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00247060Q
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On the way she argues with the town's worst racist, spits on his boot and is jailed. Lily Owens decides this is the moment to jail-bust Rosaleen and run away from home. They land up as fugitives in Tumaron with three sisters who have a connection with Lily's mother. Lily starts her journey towards forgiving herself, her mother and experiencing growing up in a loving household.
This book is memorable in several ways: Sue Monk Kidd's original, quirky, highly perceptive portrayal of life in the deep south; the serious issues of racism and religion are shown - not in the usual hackneyed way, but with an irreverence and humour that made me smile time and again. Picture a colourful group of eccentric sisters with a love for life, wearing flamboyant hats, gospel singing and dancing in a canga line; the story is poignant and the characters become complex, strong and wise. I enjoyed reading this story and once started had to see where it would lead.
One of the main messages of The Secret Life of Bees is that sometimes you must leave home to find home. Lilly knew that there was more to her mother’s past than what she had been told, and a twist of fate helped her find the answers she needed. She found protection from her abusive father with three surrogate mothers. The Secret Life of Bees is also about learning from your mistakes and accepting your flaws. Lilly learned that she accidentally killed her mother when she tried to hand a gun to her for protection from T Ray. She was stunned that she was capable of something like that and regarded herself as a horrible person. It took her a long time to come to terms with her actions and love herself. Finally, the most prevalent theme in the book is the importance of having love and compassion in your life. In addition to finding a place where she felt like she belonged, she also found loving home. This is not something she had experienced before as her father was abusive. When she found August, May, and June, she felt comforted and appreciated. She realized that one of the things that any human needs to grow and flourish is a nurturing family.
The Secret Life of Bees is a book that you will not want to put down. The story is intriguing because it captures the essence of what human beings desire to have- love, appreciation, and respect. The story is told from a young girl’s point of view and describes her journey to uncover her mother’s past. It is engaging because the reader does not understand all the details of her mother’s past until the end of the book, so it leaves the reader with a desire to uncover the mystery. I truly enjoyed this book and was a little sad when it was done. I highly recommend this amazing novel to everyone!
Her father is hostile and weird. She does have a friend in their somewhat under-drawn black housekeeper who chews tobacco and practices a voodoo faith.
The novel has a terrific start with the black housekeeper getting thrown in jail on the day she goes to town to register to vote - and our heroine breaks her out. They skip town only to end up in another small town.
It's the place where our heroine's dead mother once lived. Here, they are taken in by three saintly ladies who are beekeepers and who practice a highly-ritualized version of Catholicism.
The tension drops out of the book at that moment. As summer drones onward in an emotional, lyrical, unbelievable way, our heroine finds love, learns about her mother, and steels herself for a stilted little confrontation with her father.
But where is the realism? These three beekeeper ladies are black and so is our white heroine's new boyfriend. I think in real-life 1964 in the South, this might have caused them some problems from those in the population who didn't want the two different races hanging out together so harmoniously. I would think the poor boyfriend, in particular, would find himself in danger. None of this is addressed, and it could have added a lot of gravitas to what is ultimately a light-weight story.