Book reviews

The history of bees | Maja Lunde

Hello, hello!

Maja Lunde, you made it. You just wrote my favourite stand alone of 2019. I will skip my usual The good/ The bad format because I simply can’t find anything wrong with this book. I think I will have to edit this a lot because I am so hyped with emotions I can’t think about synonyms or grammar :)) I just want to get to it and tell you about this freakin’ treasure that I found! Let’s get to it!

“We are nothing without passion.”

Title

I showed this to mum after my eyes finally cleared from the crying and when she saw the title she gave me a strange look. She was like.. why are you crying after reading a history book? What’s so emotional about that?

Again, as I said in my TBR post, the title really is misleading and I am afraid it doesn’t get to as many people as it could because of that.

It is NOT a non-fiction book, it’s a dystopia. It shows what the world will be facing with the disappearance of bees.

Plot

We have 3 characters, William, George and Tao, all three living in different time frames. William is living in the 1850s, George is from the 2000s and Tao from the 2090s. Each of them, together with their families, have a strong connection with bees : one studies the hives, another is a beekeeper and the last lives in a world where bees are no more.

The bees are always there, they are always present, always in the center of the discussion. Without them, there would be no book. However, they never take over.

We see humans in the rawest form, going through personal dramas, family issues, fighting depression or the loss of dear ones.

Characters

If you told me the three stories were written by separate authors, I would believe you. Their voices, their identities, their traits… perfectly done.

William, the misogynist man from the 1850s, putting all his hopes into his only son, the one who could do no wrong, no matter what, while his daughters were nothing more than a source of wailing, screaming and noise.

George, the egocentric, insecure man of the 2000s who dreamed of his son inheriting his business, no matter what the son wanted because hey ” he just doesn’t know he wants it too” or ” he’ll grow into it” … where did I hear that before?

Tao, the woman who missed her chance at a better life, the mother who’d go to the end of the world for her son, the wife who gravitated around her husband, so insecure, in so much need for comforting words and assurance.

Secondary and tertiary characters, all essential.

The moral of the story

Hahaha, no, I’m not telling you that.

Conclusions

I don’t know man… I loved it. Probably there are faults with it and I am just too emotional, still, to see them. Maybe it’s that “honeymoon phase” where everything is great and I am flying through pink clouds… I have no idea. Why don’t you read it too and we can talk about it 🙂 Comment below if you read it/ will read it and let’s chat some more!

Leaving the review aside…

I want to talk about bees for a second. I am allergic to bees’ venom so my life has always been a bee hunt in order to avoid them. What I am aware though is that when bees disappear, pollination will suffer ( drastically) which means our food supplies will be dramatically affected. Not only our food supplies though, but also animals’. Our world, our health, our food depends on bees.

What we can do to help them is to take care of our environment.

  • don’t pollute
  • limit your pesticides
  • let your yard be a bit wilder ( check Olmsted’s landscaping principles 😉 )
  • plant flowers and plants that the bees love, like lavender, mint, poppies, etc. ( here more on that: https://thehoneybeeconservancy.org/2017/03/27/21-flowers-that-attract-bees/ not affiliated)
  • have a bowl of water in your yard so the bees can refresh themselves
  • shop local ( this goes for absolutely everything and has economic, environmental and social benefits)
  • become informed. stay informed
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15 thoughts on “The history of bees | Maja Lunde”

  1. Oh wow I loved reading this. And I agree with you this title does not indicate that this is the kind of content you would be reading about in the book. Thank you for sharing this review, I’ll be adding this book to my TBR.
    Also great tips for keeping the bees around.

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  2. Okay you’ve definitely caught my attention with this! Will add it to my TBR. I really like your tips as well – one I’ve been trying to get across to people as well is to not just focus on saving honeybees, as there are so many other species that are getting forgotten about that we really still need on the planet! (Many arguably better pollinators as well). My goal this year is to cultivate more plants that attract leafcutters – excellent pollinators and my all-time favourite species of bee. I’m glad that bees are starting to get some attention but hoping that people will pay their attention in the right ways so we can avoid such a devastating crisis.

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  3. This is such an amazing book! I’ve recommended it to my friend (who is a total plant parent) and I loved it so much! Bee’s are so cute and I love them sm! Also, those tips at the end are so helpful! I’m forwarding them to all my plant parent friends and bookmarking this because they are so helpful!
    -Emma 🙂

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  4. Bees really are such an important part of our ecosystem! We have a couple of plants in our garden which are always popular with them! And they die if they sting you unlike wasps, so we need to protect them! It would be interesting to read Tao’s chapters and see how possible the outcomes could be!

    Ellyn x | Life Of A Beauty Nerd

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