The Bees By Laline Paull

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  • Posted on February 12, 2016

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thebeesBy Plip Henley

Once again, a lively Book Club morning developed after first tasting and discussing the brownies kindly provided by Sue Davy! There was a unanimous vote of ten out of ten for these mars bar enriched delights. The book on the other hand was divided in to two very distinct camps of either loving it or hating it!

The story unfolds as worker bee, Flora 717, moves up the ranks in the highly structured environment of a hive. It reads more like a political thriller as she survives massacres, political intrigues and against all the odds moves up the ranks within the hive.

She is progressively overwhelmed by maternal drives, which of course are forbidden for a low caste bee. As a result she turns her back on her natural role in life and embarks on a struggle with all that she encounters to achieve her destiny.

For some, this debut novel is a strange and fascinating insight in to a miniature world and reads like a fairytale biography. For others, the attribution of human form and characteristics of the bees did not work and felt the storyline was boring and predictable. Quite a few people did not in fact manage to get to the end of the book.

The morning was brought to a close with moments of great hilarity as we tried to get a good photo for our wonderful Contact magazine with the use of a selfie stick! Thanks again to Michele for organising the Book Club for us and a warm welcome to two newcomers.

Scores out of 10: 1-0 2-2 3-1 4-0 5-0 6-0 7-3 8-2 9-0 10-0


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