Bee Season [Myla Goldberg] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. An ordinary girl with an exceptional gift for spelling, young Eliza Naumann . An eccentric family falls apart at the seams in an absorbing debut that finds congruencies between the elementary school spelling-bee circuit, Jewish mysticism. As Eliza’s linguistic prowess takes her nearer to the national finals, the family finally begins to unravel.

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Bee Season

It didn’t end like “American Beauty,” but I think the ending is just as it should be. He seeks out alternative religions and becomes a devotee of Hare Krishna. To be clear, we all agreed that it wasn’t a bad book, just a badly-executed one.

Seasom really liked—very nearly loved—this novel. I actually delineated a paragraph that bothered me to the point that I contemplated quitting on this book. This chunk of the novel focused mainly on Eliza discovering her gift for competitive spelling after winning her class Bee. Goldberg fails to bring the world of Bee Season alive.

LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. It seems like the author took two unrelated concepts — spelling and mysticism — and shoehorned them together into the same book. The father was OK but pointless.

Bee Season has four complex characters who together make a fascinating dysfunctional family. Views Read Edit View history.

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We are experiencing technical difficulties. Jan 06, Travis rated it it was amazing Shelves: I spent two days at the national competition watching the bee, interviewing contestants, and eavesdropping on parents. I did write it very consciously to get darker and stronger as it continues.


I became obsessed with spelling bees and how they can take on such great significance to the children and the parents involved in them. Yet he refuses to see the similarities between what he is trying to teach his daughter and the choice of Hare Krishna religion that his son has chosen. All the while, the mother, Miriam is completely disenchanted, leading a fairly large lie her whole life. While this of course speaks to the strength of the author’s perception in observing human behavior, I was left wondering WHY the author wanted us to know these things about her characters.

What writers and books have influenced you in the development of this style?


The heart of the story, though, rests in a young girl’s observations of and interactions with her family. Eliza Naumann has “been designated. I could not imagine seeing the movie, as I think it would ruin the magic of the book. Do spelling bees mean the same thing today?


There is some interpersonal reason golddberg everything that happens in this book, but the reasoning is never too annoyingly obvious. Bee Season is written in a quirky third-person voice and the world of the Naumanns is permeated by popular culture references that bristle against the spiritual longings of each character.

It seemed like they were simply photos of people, not actual people. Her mother drifts further and further away from reality. Some of us are not. I liked these characters in the beginning of the book but after they spent the whole book spiralling down in their own versions of maddness, I just wasn’t really interested in their story Silly me, I went into this book thinking that it would be about a girl and spelling bees despite the warnings that I now remember receiving But when Eliza sweeps her kyla and district spelling bees in quick succession, Saul takes it as a sign that she is destined for greatness.


His cruelty, like sex, is something she has only heard about, something that only happens in places she doesn’t go.

Meet the Naumann family: There really weren’t many options, and none of the those I’d actually read before would be worth talking about. Despite his discomfort and shock, why is Saul reluctant to discuss it, choosing instead to sleep in his study?

Or was it meant to be purely a writing seadon, in which the author attempted to explore her flexibility in writing different characters?

I couldn’t connect to any of them.

Talk about how your experiences observing the national spelling bee, as well as getting to know the contestants and their families, help shape the characters in Bee Season. Jan 29, Kathleen Fowler rated it did not like it. I really was excited about this novel because I’m a sucker for any young-girl-coming-of-age novel, but this one left me flat goleberg the end. I In the beginning was the Word: May 15, Pages Buy.

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