Reaktion Books, 2019 - 224 Seiten
Claire Preston's Bee tells the busy story of our long, complex relationship with this industrious, much-admired insect. Moving from ancient political descriptions to Renaissance debates about monarchy, to the conversion of the virtuous and civil bee into the dangerous swarm of the Hollywood horror flick, and finally to the melancholy recognition that the modern decline of the bee is due to our use of harmful pesticides and destruction of the bee's habitat, this timely new edition could not arrive at a moment of greater buzz. Lively, engaging, and containing many fascinating bee facts, anecdotes, fables, and images, Bee is a sweeping, highly illustrated natural and cultural history of this familiar visitor to our gardens and parks. From beekeepers to anyone with an interest in bees' intricate, miniature societies, to all of us who enjoy honey on our toast, the appeal of Preston's exploration of how bees have woven themselves into the fabric of our culture is as expansive as the range and importance of these tiny workaholics themselves.

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Nutzerbericht  - Ma_Washigeri - LibraryThing

Some pretty pictures, some glaring factual errors in the biology chapter and elsewhere, and the language was pretty turgid and the sections unstructured. If it had not been about bees I would have looked at the pictures and then abandoned it. Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Nutzerbericht  - ErasmusBee - LibraryThing

Fascinating account about our fuzzy friends - and not just for the bee enthusiast. I regretted finishing this book and can't wait to start it again. I paraticularly liked the chapters 'Biological Bee', 'Folkloric Bee' and 'Bee Movie'. Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Über den Autor (2019)

Claire Preston is professor of Renaissance literature at Queen Mary, University of London.

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