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The Murmur of Bees

The Murmur of Bees

Why a Booktrail?

1918: A mysterious child with the power to change a family’s history in a country on the verge of revolution.

  • ISBN: 978-1542040501
  • Genre: Fiction, Translated Fictioin

What you need to know before your trail

From the day that old Nana Reja found a baby abandoned under a bridge, the life of a small Mexican town forever changed. Disfigured and covered in a blanket of bees, little Simonopio is for some locals the stuff of superstition, a child kissed by the devil. But he is welcomed by landowners Francisco and Beatriz Morales, who adopt him and care for him as if he were their own. As he grows up, Simonopio becomes a cause for wonder to the Morales family, because when the uncannily gifted child closes his eyes, he can see what no one else can—visions of all that’s yet to come, both beautiful and dangerous. Followed by his protective swarm of bees and living to deliver his adoptive family from threats—both human and those of nature—Simonopio’s purpose in Linares will, in time, be divined

Travel Guide

Travel to the lemon growing region of Linares, Mexico

This is a novel inspired by the true story of a town in the citrus-growing region of northern Mexico

The author has taken inspiration from this real life area to construct a fictional narrative. Historical events may shape the plot but the story and characters remain fictional.

Her research into this novel was extensive however. Many dates are accurate of historical events whilst others have been changed to suit the story. The exact ones however include Angeles’s Government, the dates of the wars, the Spanish Influenza pandemic, the references to the Constitution of 1917 and the law on indie land for instance.

The exact date of Angeles visit to Linares, the law on fruit trees, the beginning of Linares’s evolution toward citrus grown and certain events in the Agrarian reform.

“That’s why Simonopio exists in these pages. Why I suggest that all of what is now an important citrus-growing are exists because of a boy’s journey and the vision of some bees.

BookTrail Boarding Pass: The Murmur of Bees

Destination: Linares, Mexico Author/guide: Sofia Segovia   Departure Time: 1918 onwards

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