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Subject: Bee Season
Date Posted: 8/27/2007 10:51 PM ET
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was it any good?

Date Posted: 8/27/2007 11:35 PM ET
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I thought it was quirky and fun... sometimes a little too tangential, but I found the character oddly sympathetic, and the premise interesting enough to stick with.

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Date Posted: 8/28/2007 8:48 PM ET
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anyone else?

Date Posted: 8/29/2007 11:35 PM ET
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I liked it a lot. A family dynamics story built around the spelling bee. Some surprises along the way.

Date Posted: 8/30/2007 1:41 PM ET
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I enjoyed it.  Definitely worth reading!

Date Posted: 9/10/2007 12:01 AM ET
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this book looks interesting may have to look into getting  it either from here or from the library.

Date Posted: 9/10/2007 12:05 AM ET
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Was definately quirky! It wasn't outstanding in my opinion, and a little hard for me to get into. I didn't absolutly hate it, but I don't recomend it either.

Either you will love it or Hate it, at least that what it seems from the people I know who have read it. There are people who think it is wonderful, and those like me, who didn't really get into it.

Date Posted: 9/19/2007 12:34 AM ET
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this looks like another that will be a library book lol

Date Posted: 9/22/2007 6:46 PM ET
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I thought it was an excellent book, and might even read it again someday.

Date Posted: 9/23/2007 11:40 AM ET
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I read it about a year ago and had to go back and look to see what I'd thought of it. I knew I didn't care for it and here are some of my thoughts on it: 

Bee Season by Myla Goldberg  This book disturbed me. It begins with a Jewish family functioning, if not perfectly, at least what appears to be normal for their situation. The youngest child, Eliza, a mediocre student at best, changes the expected order of their lives when she wins the local spelling bee and goes on to compete at the national level. It is the disturbing story of a family becoming totally dyfunctional. Jewish mysticism plays a large part in the story.

Date Posted: 9/23/2007 8:08 PM ET
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Date Posted: 9/26/2007 12:33 PM ET
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I found Bee Season very sad, all those strangers living together, no one communicated at all!  Her second book, was better, can't recall the name of it right now.



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Date Posted: 9/26/2007 4:05 PM ET
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its waiting for me at the library so ill let you know what ithink wehn i get it

Date Posted: 10/1/2007 5:22 PM ET
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I just read it last week and thought it was excellent--kept me engrossed so that I finished it quickly.  The psychological dynamics of the characters are very well portrayed.  I liked that it had an unexpected spiritual/mystical element to it, but was basically about family dynamics.  It was packed full of irony which I loved.  The father is a memorable character who tries so hard to be likable, understanding and reasonable...until you want to scream at him for being so darn understanding.   Excellent portrait of people who pass on the family neuroses even though they have the best of intentions..  In fact, I would say one theme of this book is "They meant well."  So, will the next generation carry on the family traditions or will they break free?  Read and find out as they say...