Wednesday, May 6, 2009

The Secret Life of Bees

I finished this. Humm. I don't have much else to say.

I appreciate that she's a very talented writer. But somehow I was totally and utterly uninterested in the story. I think I anticipated that, which is why I put off reading it for so long. But I could barely make myself keep reading it. Despite her obviously refined prose and (in theory) interesting story.

It's times like these I worry about my commercial taste, and whether I *should* be an editor...!


Mya Barrett said...

I'll admit that I had considered reading this book, but when I looked into reader comments I found them very...disheartening I guess is the word. I really applaud you in taking this one on, as I just didn't have the constitution. You are a better woman than I!

PurpleClover said...

Aww, bummer. I really liked it. I guess to each his own. :)

But like I said on an earlier post, it has been years since I read it and I wasn't as skeptical then as I am now.

Linda said...

This one was okay. I remember it starting very slow and languid, like a southern summer day. I could not read past the first page of THE MERMAID'S CHAIR. I tried, really I did, but... Peace, Linda

Goedi said...

Moonrat, I see a crisis looming. If you are that critical of bestsellers, perhaps you *should* write rather than edit.
Wait. You're probably a great "editor" but might need some tweaking as an "acquisitor" (sounds more ominous than "acquirer," no?)
Maybe it's just not a gap-filling book.

moonrat said...

yeah, me too. sigh.

i'd like to embrace the title "acquisitor."

Anonymous said...

Moonrat, I completely agree. It's been years since I read it, but I remember thinking that it seemed "assembled." As if a computer scanned a bunch of books like it, selected a variety of common elements, and voila.

Jen A said...

Aw, I really liked this one too. Probably helps that I have a crazy penchant for Southern lit. And a theoretical love of bees, which I find fascinating, but I'm terrified of them in real life - you know, the stinging part and all. But they make the most delicious honey!

I did read The Mermaid Chair as well...gave it promptly away. Maybe just didn't appeal to me at this point in my life. But I loved the Bees!