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The Bee Sting

por Paul Murray

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"The Barnes family is in trouble. Dickie's once-lucrative car business is going under--but rather than face the music, he's spending his days in the woods, building an apocalypse-proof bunker with a renegade handyman. His wife Imelda is selling off her jewelry on eBay, while their teenage daughter Cass, formerly top of her class, seems determined to binge-drink her way through her final exams. And twelve-year-old PJ is putting the final touches to his grand plan to run away from home. Where did it all go wrong? A patch of ice on the tarmac, a casual favor to a charming stranger, a bee caught beneath a bridal veil--can a single moment of bad luck change the direction of a life? And if the story has already been written--is there still time to find a happy ending?"--… (mais)
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I really liked the first part of this book, about an Irish family who seems to be falling apart. however, it was quite a long book, and they had lost me by the last 50 pages; and I am not sure I know what happened.

I most enjoyed the sections from the daughter, Cass. Dickie was annoying and I never did understand why anyone put up with him. ( )
  banjo123 | Mar 16, 2024 |
Well, it ain't no 'Skippy Dies'. That old classic. A family story, going off the rails. But I was speeding through it like an accelerating train. It was an okay book for me! Not great, not bad.I see others comparing this to Franzen, which not only have I never read, but I'm not really inclined to read any Franzen, so this one might not have even been for this particular reader, no matter how much this is also Paul Murray. Possibly Franzen inspired satire? or is Franzen earnest? Not sure how much his writing is satire... I think either way, this was a little too long to get there. I'm a little surprised it was up for at least two awards? A fun note: The character of Ms. Ogle was reminding me of a Roald Dahl character, and then further on, Murray has a line about "That was unbelievable -- like a character in a Roald Dahl book", which makes me think some of his stuff is very much inspired by Roald Dahl, if he will mention it himself!
*Book #148/340 I have read of the shortlisted Morning News Tournament of Books ( )
  booklove2 | Mar 6, 2024 |
Bee Sting by Paul Murray is an exceptional book about family and feelings. The plot is an outstanding platter of human emotions, and we felt like we were living it while reading. With a few characters, the story takes a dive into a family's life and how a single incident can change the course of their life. Each character has been narrated in depth for a better understanding of the situation. The opening scene of the plot will definitely intrigue you enough to read further. And the most amazing thing was how the first scene and the last scene were connected.

It is my first time reading Paul Murray, and I was really not sure whether I would be able to finish a book of around 600 pages. The narrator's voice was amazing and crystal clear.

Life is difficult, and we try to plan things according to our understanding. But what fate has in reserve for us can be totally different. The whole plot revolves around this single concept. If you love slow plots, then definitely the book is not to be missed. Definitely, the book deserves 5 stars. ( )
  Sucharita1986 | Mar 5, 2024 |
Oh this book is a proper saga. A personal “look-into” the car crash that is the Barnes family. It is a derailed train, and you get a front row seat to see it all happen.
This book will make you laugh and cry at the same time. It is such a well told story, that even at its 600+ pages, you just don’t want it to end. And what an ending!!!
We get to experience the Barnes family through the years in the viewpoint of each member. We learn their personal story and their combined stories as well. How one (or many) little action and decision can shape, and utterly alter not just one life, but several.
I truly don’t want to say much more to avoid giving anything away, but please, PLEASE! read this one. The pacing, the build up, the heartache and the heartbreak are too good to let it pass you by.
Then you get to the ending. I am still reeling it all in. ( )
  AleAleta | Mar 1, 2024 |
“So many of the bad things that happen in the world come from people pretending to be something they’re not.”

From the publisher:
“The Barnes family are in trouble. Until recently they ran the biggest business in town, now they’re teetering on the brink of bankruptcy – and that’s just the start of their problems. Dickie and Imelda’s marriage is hanging by a thread; straight-A student Cass is careening off the rails; PJ is hopelessly in debt to the school bully. Meanwhile the ghosts of old mistakes are rising out of the past to meet them, but everyone’s too wrapped up in the present to see the danger looming . . .”

I have extremely mixed feelings about this book. I thought parts of it were very good and I thought other parts were a total slog. I honestly think if it had been edited down by about 150 pages or more I would have liked it better. I never considered abandoning it because I wanted to fine out where all the threads of differing viewpoints were going to lead. They led to an increasing spiral of an ending that turned out to be a bit of a mess.

I didn’t love it but I didn’t hate it either. It was good but it could have been so much better. ( )
  SuziQoregon | Feb 29, 2024 |
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...anyone who starts “The Bee Sting” will be immediately absorbed by this extraordinary story about the derailing of a once-prosperous family. Although Murray is a fantastically witty writer, his empathy with these characters is so deep that he can convey the comedy of their foibles without the condescending bitterness of satire. His command of their lives is so detailed that he can strip away every pretense and lie without spoiling a surprise. And, most impressive, while sinking into the peculiar flaws of this one uniquely troubled family, Murray captures the anxiety many of us feel living on the edge of economic ruin in these latter days of the Anthropocene Epoch.... Murray explores what it’s like to maintain the trappings of Western opulence at the inflection point of our planet’s health, to carry on with the masquerade of domestic life while harboring the knowledge that everything’s cooked. For some of these characters, that’s a terrifying prospect, of course, but for others, already broiling in the crucible of their own shame, a future sterilized by cataclysm is weirdly attractive.
adicionada por Lemeritus | editarWashington Post, Ron Charles (sítio Web pago) (Aug 22, 2023)
 
In Paul Murray’s latest novel, “The Bee Sting” — an epic tale reaching back decades and spanning roughly 650 pages — things are pretty apocalyptic for one down-on-their-luck family, and that’s before we get to climate change. The problems, you might say, are coming from inside the house....Through the Barneses’ countless personal dramas, Murray explores humanity’s endless contradictions: How brutal and beautiful life is. How broken and also full of potential. How endlessly fraught and persistently promising. Whether or not we can ever truly change our course, the hapless Barneses will keep you hoping, even after you turn the novel’s last page.
adicionada por Lemeritus | editarNew York Times, Jen Doll (sítio Web pago) (Aug 12, 2023)
 
Mainly there is an inexorable trudging from bad to worse, with Murray tirelessly inventing fresh woes for the Barneses. And while financial pressure is a propulsive force—as it is to varying degrees in all his novels—other pressures come into play: sexual, religious, educational, community, parental, peer. It’s hard not to feel the author is piling on, not to wonder how the novel might have gained from some comic relief. At the same time, no moment or episode is implausible, and carried by Murray’s fine, measured prose and uncanny plotting, the book presents a striking abundance of what for too many may be normal life. A grim and demanding and irresistible anatomy of misfortune.
adicionada por Lemeritus | editarKirkus Reviews (Apr 24, 2023)
 
The title “The Bee Sting” sets the tone before the reader knows how to separate false chords from genuine ones in the novel. Cass may not be the shallow Irish valley girl she at first appears to be. PJ may see more than he seems to at first. The economy may not be the catalyst for the characters’ problems. The source of all the difficulty may be self-deceit.
 

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