review: the secret life of bees

18 Aug

i personally like books and movies that inspire and give you food for thought.. they stick with you for longer than the duration of the time that you are reading or watching that movie..

the secret life of bees does just that.. i have watched both the movie and read the book.. and it is one of those stories that replays itself over and over in your head.. or parts of it makes you laugh or smile..

the book and movie are both spectacular – and i would definitely recommend both.. here is how the story goes:

Set in South Carolina in 1964, The Secret Life of Bees tells the story of 14-year-old Lily Melissa Owens, who is in search of her mother’s past. She lives in a house with a neglectful and abusive father, who she refers to as T. Ray. They have a black maid, Rosaleen, who acts as a surrogate mother for Lily. The book opens with Lily’s memories of the day that her mother, Deborah, died. She vividly remembers her mother and father fighting. A gun fell to the floor and into the hands of four-year-old Lily, who accidentally shot Deborah. Lily is haunted by the fragmented memory of the incident.

When the Civil Rights Act is put into effect, Rosaleen decides to register to vote. After a series of unfortunate events, including Rosaleen being beaten up and both Lily and her being put in jail, the two of them run away and come to live at the Boatwright residence with the three sisters, who happen to own a honey business.

This book and movie left me with laughter and tears, but always memories, in focuses on intensifying racial unrest, the coming-of-age story addressing the difficulty of loss and betrayal.

I would suggest this book and movie for everyone.. and hope it touches you as much as it touched me.

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