La vida secreta de las abejas

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Ambientada en Carolina del Sur en 1964, La vida secreta de las abejas es la historia de Lily Owens, cuya vida ha sido formada alrededor del recuerdo confuso de la tarde en que su madre fue asesinada. Cuando Rosaleen, la brav'a madre postiza negra de Lily, insulta a tres de las personas más racistas del pueblo, Lily decide que ambas deben ser libres. Ellas escapan a Tiburón, Carolina del Sur, un pueblo que guarda el secreto del pasado de su madre. Alojadas por un excéntrico trío de hermanas negras apicultoras, ...

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Overview

Ambientada en Carolina del Sur en 1964, La vida secreta de las abejas es la historia de Lily Owens, cuya vida ha sido formada alrededor del recuerdo confuso de la tarde en que su madre fue asesinada. Cuando Rosaleen, la brav'a madre postiza negra de Lily, insulta a tres de las personas más racistas del pueblo, Lily decide que ambas deben ser libres. Ellas escapan a Tiburón, Carolina del Sur, un pueblo que guarda el secreto del pasado de su madre. Alojadas por un excéntrico trío de hermanas negras apicultoras, Lily es introducida al fascinante mundo de las abejas y la miel, y a la Virgen Negra. Esta es una novela notable sobre el poder divino femenino, una historia que las mujeres compartirán y pasarán a sus hijas por generaciones.

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What People Are Saying

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"Completamente imaginada. El núcleo de esta historia es la búsqueda de Lily por una madre, y encuentra una en un lugar que nunca esperó." —The New York Times Book Review

"Una novela conmovedora. Lily es un personaje auténtico y triunfador, y su historia es relatada de forma irresistible." —USA Today

"Inspirante. Sue Monk Kidd es una descendiente directa de Carson McCullers." —The Baltimore Sun

"Una auténtica voz sureña." —Anita Shreve

"[Una] radiante primer novela." —The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

From the Publisher
"Completamente imaginada. El núcleo de esta historia es la búsqueda de Lily por una madre, y encuentra una en un lugar que nunca esperó." —The New York Times Book Review

"Una novela conmovedora. Lily es un personaje auténtico y triunfador, y su historia es relatada de forma irresistible." —USA Today

"Inspirante. Sue Monk Kidd es una descendiente directa de Carson McCullers." —The Baltimore Sun

"Una auténtica voz sureña." —Anita Shreve

"[Una] radiante primer novela." —The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143035794
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/5/2005
  • Language: Spanish
  • Edition description: Spanish-language Edition
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 197,186
  • Product dimensions: 7.72 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

Sue Monk Kidd

SUE MONK KIDD is the author of the novels, The Secret Life of Bees and The Mermaid Chair, and the memoirs, The Dance of the Dissident Daughter, When the Heart Waits, and Firstlight, a collection of early writings. The Secret Life of Bees has spent more than 125 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and was adapted into an award-winning movie. The Mermaid Chair, a #1 New York Times bestseller, was adapted into a television movie. Each of her novels has been translated into more than 24 languages. The recipient of numerous literary awards, Sue lives in South Carolina with her husband.

Biography

Sue Monk Kidd first made her mark on the literary circuit with a pair of highly acclaimed, well-loved memoirs detailing her personal spiritual development. However, it was a work of fiction, The Secret Life of Bees, that truly solidified her place among contemporary writers. Although Kidd is no longer writing memoirs, her fiction is still playing an important role in her on-going journey of spiritual self-discovery.

Despite the fact that Kidd's first published books were nonfiction works, her infatuation with writing grew out of old-fashioned, Southern-yarn spinning. As a little girl in the little town of Sylvester, Georgia, Kidd thrilled to listen to her father tell stories about "mules who went through cafeteria lines and a petulant boy named Chewing Gum Bum," as she says on her web site. Inspired by her dad's tall tales, Kidd began keeping a journal that chronicled her everyday experiences.

Such self-scrutiny surely gave her the tools she needed to pen such keenly insightful memoirs as When the Hearts Waits and The Dance of the Dissident Daughter, both tracking her development as both a Christian and a woman. "I think when you have an impulse to write memoir you are having an opportunity to create meaning of your life," she told Barnes & Noble.com, "to articulate your experience; to understand it in deeper ways... and after a while, it does free you from yourself, of having to write about yourself, which it eventually did for me."

Once Kidd had worked the need to write about herself out of her system, she decided to get back to the kind of storytelling that inspired her to become a writer in the first place. Her debut novel The Secret Life of Bees showed just how powerfully the gift of storytelling charges through Kidd's veins. The novel has sold more than 4.5 million copies, been published in over twenty languages, and spent over two years on The New York Times bestseller list.

Even as Kidd has shifted her focus from autobiography to fiction, she still uses her writing as a means of self-discovery. This is especially evident in her latest novel The Mermaid Chair, which tells the story of a woman named Jessie who lives a rather ordinary life with her husband Hugh until she meets a man about to take his final vows at a Benedictine monastery. Her budding infatuation with Brother Thomas leads Jessie to take stock of her life and resolve an increasingly intense personal tug-of-war between marital fidelity and desire.

Kidd feels that through telling Jessie's story, she is also continuing her own journey of self-discovery, which she began when writing her first books. "I think there is some part of that journey towards one's self that I did experience. I told that particular story in my book The Dance of the Dissident Daughter and it is the story of a woman's very-fierce longing for herself. The character in The Mermaid Chair Jessie has this need to come home to herself in a much deeper way," Kidd said, "to define herself, and I certainly know that longing."

Good To Know

Kidd lives beside a salt marsh near Charleston, South Carolina, with her husband, Sandy, a marriage and individual counselor in private practice, and a black lab named Lily.

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  • Posted April 29, 2013

    The Secret Life of Bees was set in South Carolina in 1964. The s

    The Secret Life of Bees was set in South Carolina in 1964. The story is about a 14 year old girl named Lily Owens who is haunted by the memory of her mothers death.
    Lily escapes her lonely and troubled life with an abusive father, and flees with Rosaleen, her caregiver. To discover the secrets of her mother’s past. She is taken in by the Boatwright sisters, August, May and June. Lily finds the wonders of the mesmerizing world of beekeeping. The main character Lily was also a dynamic character in this book. Lily faced many adventures, such as beekeeping, finding about her mother. But most of all she found herself in this book. My favorite character in this book would have to be August. August found Lily and Rosaleen and took them in when they had no where else to go. She helped and sported Lily even when she did not wan’t help. My least favorite character would be June. June was the most gifted out of the three sisters she could sing and play many instruments.
    But June was always afraid. She never confronted her fears throughout the book. I did not like this about her because she was too stubborn for her own good.
    In some ways modern day reader could relate to the characters. For example their drive and determination to do right by God and by their sisters. Also the abuse that Lily faced, many people don’t know that verbal abuse can hurt you too. But in many ways we can’t relate. Such as we are not in 1964. Their are not any Jim Crow Laws left, and these day we are a little more accepting of race. I believe the characters actions were believable for the conflict. How Lily ran away to find herself and to leave her abusive father. I think that a real person would of have behave this way. But in 1964 the people were more respectful to their parents. Yet today people would be much more out-spoken than Lily was.
    The Secret Life of Bees was a good book. I liked the different setting in this book. I have never read a book that took place in South Carolina in 1964. I also liked the point of view and how Lily told the story. Lily’s thoughts just fit the atmosphere of the books dynamic. My favorite part of the book is when Lily goes to the hospital to sneak Rosaleen out and to bring her to safety. One thing I didn’t like about the book was that you could infer what was happening next, and also you need the mood before they writer started to describe it. If I could change one thing in this book it would be that May wouldn’t. I believe that her death was such an inconvenience to the book and the readers that she died, and to top it off her death didn’t make any sense. 
    I would recommend this book to a person who wanted a different view on big life issues and also some one a culture shift in time. I believe that this book would be well suited for younger ages. A person like around the same age as Lily. Some who understands what she is going through. The Secret Life of Bees was a book about acceptance, and finding a mothers love even when she is gone    

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  • Posted April 10, 2013

    When first looking at this book it may appear that is a book for

    When first looking at this book it may appear that is a book for kids in middle school. Though in reality it is a book for people at all ages. It teaches about the time when blacks were still being persecuted and put down, just because of their skin color. It also teaches about courage and how much standing up for yourself counts for. I would truly reccomend The Secret Life of Bees to anyone. It's a great read that knows no end.

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