The Keeper of the Bees

The Keeper of the Bees

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by Gene Stratton-Porter
     
 

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Set in the author's adopted home of California in the 1920s, this is Gene Stratton-Porter's last novel, a story filled with wisdom, a love of nature, and her own abiding optimism. In it a Master Bee Keeper, his bees, and the natural beauty of California restore a wounded World War I veteran to health.

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Set in the author's adopted home of California in the 1920s, this is Gene Stratton-Porter's last novel, a story filled with wisdom, a love of nature, and her own abiding optimism. In it a Master Bee Keeper, his bees, and the natural beauty of California restore a wounded World War I veteran to health.

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A study of the art-thought of the three principle spokesmen for the traditionalist view in art production and criticism for the period from the 1870s to around 1950. This last Gene Stratton-Porter (1863-1924) novel is an ode to her adopted home, California, and its natural beauty. Porter was injured in an automobile accident and died before its first publication in 1925. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253206916
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
10/01/1991
Series:
Library of Indiana Classics Series
Edition description:
1st Midland Book ed
Pages:
528
Sales rank:
409,374
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.32(d)

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Keeper of the Bees 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It was filled with all the things you look for in a book...intrigue, romance, adventure, courageous and morally strong characters! It is a timeless tale even though it was written in the 1920's. It was a great break from the more modern works I have been reading. It is well written with strong vocabulary. I recommend this book to anyone that enjoys good, classic literature.
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Sammy_Jay More than 1 year ago
In this novel written following WWI the characters take on a timeless quality as we relearn the basics of personal courage and the benefits of friendship shared. The main character could be anyman and the plot, while basic, brings in complexities and mystery that holds us spellbound until the last pages. The author, who we lost many years ago in an accident, unwinds the story using elements of teaching, skilled writing and human qualities to tell a story that leaves each reader with thoughts of becoming a better person, friend and citizen.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
As my title said, this is my favorite book ever! This is my favorite Gene Straton Porter book, and that is saying alot! I love it! It has a perfect ending, and engrossing, thought provoking plot. I do not think it was slow moving, and defiantly NOT racist. I have no idea what that reviewer was talking about. If you liek nature, romance, or just a good book you have to read this one!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I find this story very sweet-- I love the way that Jaime gets to know California, and I found 'little Scout' intriguing. I also thought all of the historical info about bees was fun... I can't figure out what the 'racism' remark refers to-- unless it's the fact that one of the characters is what we today would call an ELL or ESL teacher and has a multi-ethnic group of kids that she is teaching about American culture and customs, but I don't see how that's racist--it was what happened then... like any novel that is now part of history, it's important to understand the historical context and to realize that in the past there were different perspectives on issues like immigration and assimilation.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Gene Stratton-Porter's nature descriptions are absolutely lyrical and charming! and I find no sense of 'racism' in this book, as a previous reveiwer suggested....
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tho sometimes slow, this story never ceased to pull me back. I read this to family on 16 hour car trip. Family members agree a bit slow at times, yet....you had to continue. You begin to so 'know' the characters, you simply had to discover the end of them. It was a delightful story of courage, dignity, heart, stamina, faith, love and hope. It reminds you of the important things. It tweeks your curiosity as you travel on this splinded journey with Jamie, the lead character. Take the time. Read the book. Allow yourself to remember and dream yourself of 'A great adventure'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved 'Girl of the Limberlost' and 'the Harvester', but this book fails to measure up. The most disturbing part of the book to me was the overt rascism and the 'white-America-under treat' propaganda. I know that those feelings were very present in her day, but it is still disappointing. The plot is also a very cliche, unoriginal plot for Stratton Porter.