The Shoebox Bible by Alan BradleyAny book that includes my grandmother must rate five stars out of five, right?
Let me try to be objective for a minute. This memoir concerns a boy whose father abandoned his family (wife, two daughters, son, then two). It was WWII, so King and country offer some extenuating circumstances, but after the war there is no reconciliation. The father makes a single additional appearance. He returns to say he is leaving again.
That man, the father, was my grandmothers brother, Joe.
Spoiler alert. My grandmother makes a brief appearance near the end of the book. She tells the author that his father has sometimes, late at night, called her through the years. No one ever saw him again, but he told his sister that he had wasted his life. My grandmother told Alan not to tell his mother of these calls, and he didnt.
Its Alans mother who is the hero of the book. Its her shoebox bible that is the Bible of the title, and it is stuffed with mementos of her marriage and her loneliness. Her lifelong hope that Joe is going to return is as heartbreaking as it is heartwarming.
When I was half-way through the book my brother asked me what I thought. The writing is very good, I said. The drama is understated, though. I had to wrestle some with my expectations. I was waiting for something more operatic, more painful and splitting. But its not that kind of book. Its not filmable, if you know what I mean. The conflict is muted, the sad beauty given prominence.
And what a beautiful book, Alan. Tremendous.
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When it comes down to it, humans and bees are not all that different. Sure, we don't have the ability to sting whatever is bothering us, and we also don't vomit honey, but this story shows us that bee life is just a big ole' microcosm of human beings and their relationships. Kidd draws a clear analogy between the bees that Lily traps in her jar and Lily herself early on. When Lily decides to set the bees free, she notes:. But the bees remained there, like planes on a runway not knowing they'd been cleared for takeoff. They crawled on their stalk legs around the curved perimeters of the glass as if the world had shrunk to that jar.
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Lily, a fourteen-year-old white girl, lives alone with her father, a peach farmer, in Sylvan, South Carolina. As the novel opens, she lies in bed, waiting for the bees that live in the walls of her bedroom to emerge and fly around, as they do most nights. Ray, her father, is abusive and does not believe her story about the bees. Her nanny and housekeeper, Rosaleen, believes Lily but also thinks Lily is foolish for trying to collect the bees in a jar. Lily recalls her very last memory of her mother, Deborah, who died when Lily was a small child. In a flashback, readers learn that T.
According to Rosaleen, the bees swarming in Lily's bedroom are a sign of what?
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Jul 3, Rosaleen Lily's nanny and her father's housekeeper wanted to go into town to register to vote and she asked T-Ray if she could take Lily with her; lying to him about the reason why she was going into town. On the way there, Lily and Rosaleen run into three racist white men that taunt Rosaleen. In anger, Rosaleen pours her chewing- tobacco juice over their shoes and they called the police, who arrested them both. Jul 4, Lily's father who she calls "T-Ray" takes Lily out of jail and leaves Rosaleen behind. Lily decides to leave T-Ray and go out to Tiburon, which has a significance to her, whilst taking Rosaleen with her.
In the very first chapter of The Secret Life of Bees, Lily describes her mother, beginning what will be an overarching theme throughout the novel. Lily suffers tremendous guilt for killing her mother, and at night she dreams of dying, meeting her mother in heaven, and asking for her forgiveness. Lily has little doubt that her mother will kiss her and forgive her for 10, years. Later in the novel, when August tells Lily about Deborah, Lily becomes irate about her mother's abandonment. Lily can't grasp the concept of a nervous breakdown; all she hears is that her mother left her to come to August's house.