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R maybe I will write about it later While I disagree with the author s characterization of mead as an inferior drink that should not ven be tried I love meadand Mastered (The Enforcers, even brew it myself I didnjoy the history of the honey bee This is NOT a tale of the bee keeper although the last chapter does touch on that the majority of the book is about how the bee and the hive has affected the human race How we think and what we see in the hive has changed but the fact that honey is a wonderful and amazing substance has not changed Overall an Man, Son of Man enjoyable look at history through theye of the hive Maybe two and a half stars Some sections were interesting than others The author is a food writer and the best parts of this book are when she writes about honey s history and importance as a food or Alter Ego even as a medicine The chapter on politics really dragged The last chapter is on beekeeping and it lacks an overall summary or point for the book Not a bad book and certainly not badly written I m just less interested in human appropriation of bees which is really what this book is about than in bees themselves It sasy to write sentences like This book is amazing or this book really kept my interest but it feels far daring to write a sentence there wasn t a paragraph in this book that interest but it feels far daring to write a sentence there wasn t a paragraph in this book that t keep my attention I should also add that very paragraph in this book was not only packed with information but also managed to be informative and ntertainingThe Hive is a cultural history focusing on the way that honeybees and human beings have interacted focusing specifically on how human beings observed bees and imprinted their own ideas weaknesses philosophy and desires on these insects sometimes to the detriment of the bees themselves Wilson observes how bees infected politics sex work and labor ideas about life and death food and finally the way human beings viewed themselvesWilson s book is one that I cannot recommend Uncommon Wisdom enough becauseven if the
is not a of bees or perhaps afraid of them this compels the reader to observe that almost Unseen City every facet of society has at some point been influenced by honeybees and honey Man and bee are observed together in a kind of mutual culturalvolution and the incredible thing is the book never suffers from a pedantic narrative Each new page brought a new revelation about human beings and bees Arthropods as a group tend to suffer in relation to mankind because they are so dramatically different than us in terms of biology but reading this book it s clear that honeybees are the Art exception to this hatred Human beings have and continue to rely on bees finding something in theirxistence that God Is in the Crowd enhances or reflects their ownIf the reader would like to read my full review they can follow the link to my site White Tower Musings. Story of ideas taking us through thevolution of science religion and politics and a social history that xplores the bee's impact on food and human ritual In this beautifully illustrated book Bee Wilson shows how humans will always view the hive as a miniature universe with order and purpose and look to it to make sense of their own. .Reader Is Not A
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A hodgepodge of subjects covering the relationship between humans and bees with a heavy focus on how the honey bee has influenced cultures throughout the ages It s definitely thoroughly researched but some of the sections feel like they weren t written with as much interest as the others specially the Politics chapter The Food and Drink chapter probably received the most care which considering that Wilson s main occupation is food criticism and journalism wasn t that surprising What was surprising was her intense dislike of mead Continue to adore and remain mystified by the sheer knowledge and breadth of research Wilson does as well as passing on her passion for her subjects #In The Hardest Way Possible # the hardest way possible crushworthy in this way Is it in part because I switched over in the last half of a year to adding honey to my tea instead of sugar Maybe Is it because bees are fascinating Absolutely Food and how it s affected death politics love and our language Who knew there were so many ways that we ve incorporated the words of bees and honey into our vocabulary from a honeymoon to busy bee Right I know You can probably come up with another group
in a few minutes She wouldn t be Wilson without being so thorough because shea few minutes She wouldn t be Wilson without being so thorough because she sex the birds and the bees as well as so thorough because she discusses sex the birds and the bees as well as including honey and why we don t really cook with it any I The Matriarchs (The Family earmarked pages that I wanted to revisit including the mystery of the last 10% of the scientific breakdown of what honey truly is that makes it the nectar of the Gods I can go on and on She s a research ueen and sits alongside my other perennial favorites like Caitlin Doughty Mary Roach Sy Montgomery Bill Bryson and their ilk I want to have some tea with honey with this food academic Christmas present 2008Injoyed this little investigative account of human s interpretation and misuse of the honeybee in history Another fine Notes for the Everlost example of Bee Wilson s wonderful ability both to fully research a topic and to present that research in a fascinating and readable way I only found this book because I sonjoy Bee Wilson s writing I had received Consider the Fork as an ARC which led me to Swindled and both were so interesting and absorbing that I simply had to try her other work Bees are fascinating anyway so the subject was a good one and as always with Wilson s books I continually found vignettes and facts that I just had to share with the people around me The Hive is less about bees than it is a history of the human perspective on bees but in the process the reader learns an astounding amount about bees The context is well arranged with sections relating to the human When I Moan (Vassi and Seri 1: Russian Stepbrother Romance) experience as seen in mankind s view of bees throughout history Asver I recommend this book along with her others and hope that she s Subtitle. Ever since men first hunted for honeycomb in rocks and daubed pictures of it on cave walls the honeybee has been seen as one of the wonders of nature social industrious beautiful terrifying No other creature has inspired in humans an identification so passionate persistent or fantastical The Hive recounts the astonishing tale of all D The Story of the Honey Bee and Us this is a fascinating look at the history of the human relationship with the honey bee And yes Bee Wilson s first name really is Bee We re taken on a guided tour of the hive itself and how honey bees organise their lives and space then we are shown the importance of bees and honey to human culture in both practical agriculture and health inspirational ideas used in architecture gender relations and politics and symbolism the bee as a symbol of hard work and as a symbolic giver of life throughout our history There are recipes for cakes and hand creams and a comparison of honeys made from different types of flowersIt s truly an No Biggy! engrossing book and one that s worth re reading This is a history not of bees but in how humans have viewed and interacted with bees I had two main issues with the book First I think the author needed to decide if she was putting herself in this book or not It read as if it was a straightforward history but has rather off putting opinions stuck in at randomspecially in regard to religions However my main issue is that the footnotes seem incomplete and relied rather heavily on secondary sources This makes it very hard to verify sources as they just mention another secondary source Finally I think the book was lacking by Crush It! excluding most of Asia and Africa as This book was wroth the read One thing I learned what that honey bees don t die all the time when they stings Its only when they sting mammals withlastic skin like humans i think I got that right Before I
this book I Under The Impression under the impression whenever a bee stung anything it died because its stinger got stuck in whatever it stung And another thing that surprised me what the honey is not recommend for infants because they can get a type of botulism Another thing I never thought of was honey ice cream I have to try honey ice cream It sounds delicious There was so much in this book that I liked It talked about Brother Adam I had just read about him in sweetness light The bee keeping showman Thomas Wildman Were two of my favorite people to read about in the book I Attracting Birds to Your Backyard enjoyed the discussion of why the popularity declined It surprised me that German stillats as much honey now as in I think it was medieval times Why was I not interested in bees when I was younger They are fascinating to read about I am sure I don t know much about bees since I have only read about half a dozen books about bees but I know about bees than I used to Reading about Honey bees makes me wish I had a honey bee hive right now that I could go outside and sit by all day I would never feel alone sitting by a honey be hive I hope I would not get stung I could go on and on about the interesting things I learned in this book I have written nough He weird and wonderful things that humans believed about bees and their society over the ages It ranges from the honey delta of ancient Egypt to the Tupelo forests of modern Florida taking in a cast of characters including Alexander the Great and Napoleon Sherlock Holmes and Muhammed AliThe history of humans and honeybees is also a hi. ,Read This Book I