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review 2018-05-13 23:22
Review of The Naturalist by Darrin Lunde
The Naturalist: Theodore Roosevelt and His Adventures in the Wilderness - Darrin Lunde

This was a 3.5 star read.  This book focuses on Roosevelt's life as a hunter/scientists/naturalist.  It covers all of his famous hunts from the Badlands to Africa.  The central thesis of the book is that even though Roosevelt hunted and killed hundreds (or thousands) of prey over the course of his life, he did it with the eye of a naturalist in an attempt to add to scientific knowledge.  I acknowledge there is a great deal of truth in this, but I think the author overstates it.  I think Roosevelt enjoyed the hunt and the kill, especially of large game, just as much as he did contributing to science.  With that said, I did learn a great deal about the early history of naturalism, museums in America, and more specific details about the many hunts and experiences of TR.

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review 2018-04-17 09:32
The History of Bees
The History of Bees - Maja Lunde

Three stories: one set in England of the 1850s, one set in the US in 2007, and one in China in 2098. 


All of these stories have common themes - bees and the relationships between parents and children. 


There was a lot of promise in the beginning of the book, which described a world in which bees had become extinct and the pollination of plants had to be carried out by people in back-breaking labour instead. The descriptions of this potential future were harrowing - food shortages, oppression, everything you could want in a dystopian setting. yet, there was some humanity also in Tao's struggle to find out what happened to her son. 


The other two stories were less interesting. They also dealt with bees and the illusions that parents may have with respect to what is best for their children, but at about the half-way point in the book, both stories became a little predictable and stagnant.


Still, this was not a bad read for a debut novel. But it just wasn't enough to make me rush out to find more by the author anytime soon either. 


Btw, there is not actually that much about the history of bees per se in the book. Just as a point of note.

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review 2017-08-05 00:00
The History of Bees
The History of Bees - Maja Lunde,Diane Oatley Let see it as a coincidence: a big egg insecticide scandal in Germany that has spread to food stores across Europe, "emissionsgate", Trump's energy policy and me, reading [b:The History of Bees|32920292|The History of Bees|Maja Lunde|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1485795323s/32920292.jpg|45708705]. Actually I can add many other scandals to this list, those that are happening because of our reckless behavior or indifferent attitude to flora and fauna, those that lead to damage which can never be made good.

The History of Bees is a book about bees. One could guess. It is Well not really. But it is so clever framed, so beautifully told that it is impossible not TO think about what will we leave to our future generation.

We follow the stories of three different families living in three different periods of time: in the past, in the present and in the future. Three different fates, three different lives, three different places, three different social backgrounds. cultures, mentality. There is a connection between all these fates, but which one? It couldn't be only bees, it has to be more.

You won't get the answer up to the end. Truly clever solved. I had many theories and partly I was right, but still I had a WOW-moment waiting for me.

What I really enjoyed, along with a melancholically beautiful way of telling, an enthralling story with an unusual building and interesting characters was a strong feeling of hope.
A single, unifying feeling: hope. And this is a good thing.

Very recommended.


***Copy provided kindly by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review***
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review 2017-06-10 00:00
The Naturalist: Theodore Roosevelt and His Adventures in the Wilderness
The Naturalist: Theodore Roosevelt and His Adventures in the Wilderness - Darrin Lunde https://msarki.tumblr.com/post/161653555123/the-naturalist-theodore-roosevelt-and-his

Perceived as a swash-buckling president, a rough rider, hunter, and preservationist dressed in a buckskin suit, Teddy Roosevelt has, in my lifetime, maintained his larger-than-life persona and for good reason. This book is the first study I have been subjected to regarding the man, and I could not have been more surprised over how much I did like him early on in my reading as I learned of his exploits, trials, and personal loss. Roosevelt like many others did not escape a lifetime of personal tragedy. He endured more than his share. And his evolvement as hunter to protector is of course as unsettling as it is amazing. Roosevelt lived in a vastly different time than we can comprehend fairly today. Financial and societal privilege afforded him many opportunities that most of us have only read about. But unlike others born into this privilege Roosevelt used his to further an agenda for good and to mark his time in history as significant and admirable. Theodore Roosevelt overcame poor health, a weak body, a childhood of city privilege and elitist pressures, to become a naturalist of the first rank. Focussing on the naturalist and human side of his subject Darrin Lunde provides his reader with a most-rewarding portrait of one of our country’s larger-than-life individuals who ever walked the earth.

After his evolvement as a naturalist and his two terms as president of the United States, Roosevelt seemed to change. And the last quarter of the book disturbs me to no small degree. What had previously come in the opening three quarters was a fascinating study of a man engaged with principal and courage. But beginning with the eagerly anticipated and extravagant African safari at the end of his presidency this endearing portrait of Roosevelt became a bit disgusting as he seemed to posture and demonstrate a pretentiousness absent in his early years. Cloaked behind a Smithsonian facade of scientific collection marched a loud and obnoxious cavalcade of pomp and bulge. For example, his sanctioned and personal killing of so many lions appeared to be wasteful, cruel, and extreme. Each subsequent page to follow felt uncomfortable. My disgusting reading about this particular safari was growing by the page and it became more difficult to remain enamored with the man who did so much to protect our lands. Though he did preserve a mass of wilderness for us, he failed in many respects to save the creatures inhabiting these spaces. Roosevelt was a hunter first who protected his sport through conservation. But, in fact, he was a killer of trophy wild animals who, with bad eyesight and poor skills, maimed and made suffer the most beautiful ones roaming the wild among us.

…Scouting around the first day, they saw seventy or eighty buffalo grazing in the open about a hundred yards from the edge of the swamp. It was too dark to shoot, but, heading out again early the next morning, Roosevelt and his party let fly a hail of ammunition to bring down three of the massive bulls.…It was a real chore for him to write in the field, and he joked that it was his way of paying for his fun.

What confounds me is the thinking that must go on in the head of any blood sport hunter. These men must have ignored the fact they were killing a creature that belonged on the planet just as much, or more, than they did. A wild creature of feeling, free to roam the plains being massacred by a privileged as well as massive and pretentious army hiding behind a cover of science, their rabid blood lust and joy celebrated on these killing fields. Conservation’s legacy handed down by Mr. Roosevelt is sadly tarnished by this horrid and destructive behavior not only by him but also by the hand of his son, Kermit.

…his Scribner’s accounts almost gave the impression that he was trying to provoke a reaction from the anti-hunting factions, as he documented his kills—botched shots and all—in unashamed detail…”I felt proud indeed as I stood by the immense bulk of the slain monster and put my hand on the ivory,” said Roosevelt, and then everyone began the work of skinning …

During this African safari Roosevelt and his companions killed or trapped approximately 11,400 animals, from insects and moles to hippopotamuses and elephants. In this biography Darrin Lunde has provided facts and story enough to honor Theodore Roosevelt as one of the most important naturalists who ever lived. And due to countless excesses he did help our evolving natural history museums to thrive. But at the cost of so many innocent and free lives, it saddens me.
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review 2017-05-29 18:07
Rezension | Die Geschichte der Bienen
Die Geschichte der Bienen: Roman - Maja Lunde,Ursel Allenstein



Mitte des 19. Jahrhunderts lebt der Samenhändler William Savage mit seiner Familie in England. Als sich sein Mentor Rahm von ihm abwendet, fällt er in eine tiefes Loch, denn William sieht sich als Forscher gescheitert. Seiner Kinder zuliebe rafft sich William jedoch nochmals auf um seine Idee für einen innovativen Bienenstock umzusetzen.


Wir schreiben das Jahr 2007. George ist Imker in den USA und arbeitet hart um seinen Betrieb auszubauen, so dass sein Sohn Tom ein zukunftsfähiges Erbe antreten kann. Jedoch hat Tom ganz andere Pläne, bis eines Tages etwas unfassbares geschieht. Die Bienen auf Georges Farm verschwinden.


Ein Sprung in die Zukunft zeigt, dass im Jahr 2098 die Weltbevölkerung deutlich geschrumpft ist. In China kämpfen die Menschen um ihr Überleben, denn die Bienen sind schon lange ausgestorben und der Anbau verschiedener Lebensmittel nicht mehr möglich. Die Arbeiterin Tao übernimmt die Arbeit der Bienen und bestäubt Tag für Tag die Bäume in Handarbeit.


Meine Meinung


Maja Lunde verwebt in „Die Geschichte der Bienen“, ihrem ersten Roman für Erwachsene, drei unterschiedliche Handlungsstränge (Vergangenheit, Gegenwart und Zukunft) zu einer bewegenden und aufrüttelnden Geschichte rund um das Aussterben der Bienen und den daraus entsehenden Konsequenzen für die Menschheit.


Die drei einzelnen Geschichten an sich sind eher unaufgeregt und werden aus der Sicht des jeweiligen Protagonisten erzählt. Jedes Kapitel trägt den Namen des Protagonisten, so dass man gleich einordnen kann in welcher Erzählung man steckt. Da wäre der Forscher und Samenhändler William Savage der gegen Mitte des 19. Jahrhunderts in England lebt, von Depressionen geplagt wird, kaum Selbstvertrauen in sich trägt, sich dennoch aufrafft im Bereich der Bienen etwas erfolgreiches zu Stande zu bringen. Dann gibt es noch den Imker George in den USA der Anfang des 21. Jahrhunderts mit viel Liebe und Leidenschaft seinen Hof leitet und alles daran setzt einen zukunftsfähigen Betrieb in die Hände seines Sohnes geben zu können.


Dadurch, dass Maja Lunde in kurz gehaltenen Kapiteln jedoch immer nur ein paar Einzelheiten zu der jewiligen Geschichten einfließen lässt, ergibt sich ein angenehmer Spannungsbogen der sich über das ganze Buch schlängelt. Kapitel für Kapitel fügen sich die einzelnen Puzzelteilchen zusammen, bis sie ein facettenreiches Gesamtwerk ergeben.


Die Fragen die Maja Lunde mit ihrem Roman „Die Geschichte der Bienen“ bezüglich dem Umgang mit der Umwelt und wie dies unsere Zukunft verändert aufwirft, haben mich sehr gefesselt. Durch das einweben realer Tatsachen wie z. B. die „Colony Collapse Disorder“ (CCD), eine aus den USA stammende Beschreibung für eine bestimmte Art des Bienensterbens, hat dem Roman zusätzlich Authentizität verliehen.

In meinen Augen spricht dieser Roman ein wichtiges Thema für die Menschen und die Zukunft auf unserem Planeten an. Die fiktive Geschichte über drei Schicksale in verschiedenen Epochen regt zum nachdenken an und wurde zu Recht mit dem norwegischen Buchhändlerpreis ausgezeichnet!




Eine eindrucksvolle Geschichte die ein reales und äußerst wichtiges Thema anspricht. Unbedingt lesen!

Source: www.bellaswonderworld.de/rezensionen/rezension-die-geschichte-der-bienen-von-maja-lunde
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