The future is a concept that captivates the interests of all people, as we all wonder what the times to come will hold in store for each individual. In Maja Lunde’s new novel, “The History of Bees”, the author provides insight into her perception of how the dystopian and odd future will look in the coming decades and centuries, and paints a somewhat realistic yet grim example of how lifestyles may change as a result of a change in society.
- Each narrative strand follows a parent struggling with the role. “These were uncertain times,” Ohio beekeeper George thinks while planning a beekeeping future for his decidedly uninterested son.
- The novel connects the parent-child relationship with the cooperative social structure of bees — eusociality.
- “A single person’s life, a single person’s flesh, blood, body fluids, nerve signals, thoughts, fears and dreams meant nothing,” thinks Tao
“Norwegian author Maja Lunde’s “The History of Bees” — fluidly translated by Diane Oatley — breaks the mold by tracing the origins and effects of human meddling in nature through three story lines, spanning 250 years: a down-on-his-luck apiarist in rural England in 1851, an Ohio beekeeper in 2007, and a bereft mother in China in 2098.”