Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Telling the Bees


By Peggy Hesketh

Albert Honig has been a bee-keeper his entire life. The art and life of beekeeping was passed down to him through generations. He has been able to make a modest living from this way of life.

Now an octogenarian, Albert reflects on his life and the things both in it and absent from it. In particular, he considers a never reconciled relationship with a woman, Claire. Haunted by her death during a long ago burglary, Albert tries to piece together what happened. The only way for Albert to make peace with his loss and his past is to come to terms with the secrets within these memories. 

I think it is human nature to want to make sense of things in our past, whether or not we could have controlled them. Closure sometimes allows us to move on, even if it doesn't offer peace. Sometimes answers are all we have left even if they do not give us what we seek.  

This is a very moving novel in its power of love and redemption.

9 comments:

  1. This sounds like a wonderful story. Great review!

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  2. This book sounds different and intriguing. I appreciate a fresh storyline. It sounds like the tale being told from the elderly man's perspective adds much to it's depth and understanding. I know this is a read I would enjoy!

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  3. It sounds like an interesting fiction story, full of secrets and intrigue.
    Hugs
    JB

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  4. "I think it is human nature to want to make sense of things in our past, whether or not we could have controlled them. Closure sometimes allows us to move on, even if it doesn't offer peace. Sometimes answers are all we have left even if they do not give us what we seek. " So, so true. This sounds like an intriguing read.

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  5. Wow, I am going to request it at the library. I dont read much fiction any more, too many compelling true stories to read, but this one sounds good.

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  6. It does sound good. Thanks for your review.

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  7. Having Albert explore the mystery surrounding Claire's death after so many years would make for an interesting story. I'll have to look for this one.

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  8. I have read about this book...it sounds lovely.

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