Happy Monday! I love a fresh week! Did you have a nice

Happy Monday! I love a fresh week! Did you have a nice

4/12/2021, 7:01:40 PM
Happy Monday! I love a fresh week! Did you have a nice weekend? What did you do? Last night we played a LIFE as a family (My car arrived last, but I had so much more money than everyone else! 😂💪🏼) and we grilled up a stack of corn for dinner. Today I’m participating on the @tlcbooktours blog tour of THE ARDENT SWARM by Yamen Manai. I admit that I needed no more introduction than the title and cover to grab my attention, as the promise of anything bee related interests me. (We spend a lot of time reading about and talking about bees in our house, since we like caring for them!) And maybe it’s because of my interest in bees and how this story revolves around them, that finding out this story is a parable/allegory for “what happens in a country shaken by revolutionary change after the world stops watching” made the whole thing hit me in a different way. (I guess a parable well-done then!) This short story (192 pages) is by award-winning Tunisian author, Yamen Manai and was translated from French to English! (So if you’re a French reader you can probably find it in it’s original version!) Do you read in any other languages? I can only read in English and Portuguese! Synopsis: Sidi lives a hermetic life as a bee whisperer, tending to his beloved “girls” on the outskirts of the desolate North African village of Nawa. He wakes one morning to find that something has attacked one of his beehives, brutally killing every inhabitant. Heartbroken, he soon learns that a mysterious swarm of vicious hornets committed the mass murder—but where did they come from, and how can he stop them? If he is going to unravel this mystery and save his bees from annihilation, Sidi must venture out into the village and then brave the big city and beyond in search of answers. Along the way, he discovers a country and a people turned upside down by their new post–Arab Spring reality as Islamic fundamentalists seek to influence votes any way they can on the eve of the country’s first democratic elections. To succeed in his quest, and find a glimmer of hope to protect all that he holds dear, Sidi will have to look further than he ever imagined.

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