Thursday, 26 January 2017

"Binas historia" by Maja Lunde

Three parallel stories: 1852, 2007 and 2098, all somehow connected. First the bee is research ongoing - where does the queen mate? How should the hive be(e, hehe) designed? Two hundred years later, they are gone in an unclear event with many theories - CCD. Humans have to do the pollination by hand and something mysterious happens to three years old Wei-Wen, which initiates a specific kind of chase.

"The History of Bees" seemed praised in the shop - when I saw it, the cover had the high-ranking and well-wishing quotes on an edition translated to English in a Spanish shop. Maja Lunde is Norwegian, so the international factor is a good sign (having your book translated is hard these days). So, I made the decision to read the book as close to the original language as possible: Swedish. I was also lucky to get it from Jérémy who came to visit shortly after :)

I do appreciate the different tone of each character, telling his or her story. There were parts that sucked me in and parts when the author succeed with making me uncomfortable, feel empathy, believe each character or be sorry for the narrow mind of a certain person. But on a scale where 5 is the top score, despite the nice cover, I don't give it more than a 3. And yet it is an important book that makes one raise one's head and look up at the bees around. To not only think of cities as the aorta of the world. The publishing houses, however, showed a very big interest for Lundes script, as she points out herself in the afterword. It is quite evident why, in these climate change and economists' ignorance times.

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