While The Secret Life Of Bees is a fairly quick and enjoyable read, it is far more. For, it also provides lessons which often lead to enlightenment. Such lessons are due to the author's ability to create a strong connection with the characters related to equality, friendship love and trust.
For example, unless one understands where one comes from, one cannot understand where one may be going. Regardless, the book does a good job of taking the reader on a journey which is as much educational as it is entertaining. However, one need be aware that once one starts reading this book, most likely one is going to have a hard time putting it down.
Although this book may be advanced for readers under twelve, most likely those over twelve are at an age where one can understand plot along with the twists and turns of same. As such, I would recommend that anyone age twelve and up read this book as it is a fairly easy read that is worth any time one may spend on such a journey.
Set in the south, this is a marvelous piece of fiction which does a good job at allowing one to get a sense of how one would feel if one were actually living in the South at the time such actions took place.
For, although Lily's whining can be quite overwhelming,especially after and about the death of her Mother, the twists and turns in the plot alone make it a good read. However, if one is going to present a character in such light, often times one may want to expect a similar response from an audience. In addition, some detail could be reduced within the book as it pertains to Lily and her Mother. Whereas, other characters are often not included enough overall.
Of course, while there are a few issues with both story and plot, of more concern is the lack of character development in the beginning of the book. As, I did not feel like I knew any of the characters well enough to be reading such detailed information about anyone. Therefore, I would suggest that the author work to include more about each character at the beginning rather than having introductions scattered throughout the story.
A complex diagram of equality, friendship, love and trust, this has to be one of the best political fiction books of our time. For, while some have lived through similar times, many others were not yet born. To this end, it is good that such books exist so that individuals alive today can better understand this diagram and the importance of all interlocking parts.
While this is a novel, it often comes across as a true story as it closely resembles the issues of the United States history of equal rights of the 1950s and 1960s, a struggle which, in many ways, still continues. It is also a story of love and friendship, equality, support and trust. Therefore, it is a must read for anyone interested in such times.
Last but not least, while "The Secret Life Of Bees," did a good job at portraying what a number of individuals went through in those days, the film almost seemed some what outdated with regards to equal rights. This is because other struggles for equality have been going on, sometimes longer, than Civil Rights and continue to be a struggle even now.
To this end, while this is a great book about times of injustice and inequality which led to better times; I would love to see more books based on issues in Gay Rights, Immigration Rights, Womens Rights and other movements which were alive during that time especially those who are still struggling with finding equal rights even today, whether written in fact or created in fiction.
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