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  1. says:

    This is an excellent and timely read I will admit it wasodd? to read this alongside The Plague by Albert Camus and Les Miserable by Victor Hugo All three are so relevant to today and truly for 2020 as a whole but none than this really well written book Enemies attack from the most innocuous and unexpected places and when they are unknown AND known enemies that attack in the name of God and you can insert whatever God you believe or don't believe in here when war is being raged it doesn't matter which God it is apparently are the most viscous of attackers and the imagery here is spectacular The story flows well and I can say that the last half hour of the book had my heart racing and took me some time to come down from it all when I finished The author tells an amazing story I learned things I never thought I wanted to learn and again the imagery is spectacular The trouble with trying to write a review for a book like this is this you really need to go into this as cold as possible with as little information as possible and even as I look at what I have written I am wondering if I have given too much away and then you need to make your own assessments and decisions about what you believe what you believe is right wrong and ultimately acceptable This is that kind of book So there will not be anything given away here not even the reason I gave it four stars instead of five These reasons you need to figure out on your own And you really should This is a book that should not be missed Thank you to NetGalley Yamen Manai the translator Lara Vergnaud who does a spectacular job here IMO and Crossing for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review


  2. says:

    The Ardent Swarm Like a beehive this small novel has a lot going on inside The Ardent Swarm is both the story of the beekeeper Sidi and the story of political and cultural changes in Tunisia Each step in Sidi's journey can be seen as mirror for the changes going on around him Yamen Manai does a great job of contextualizing his story and simultaneously making us feel empathy for his charactersChoosing to begin the novel with a prologue was not my favorite choice but in the context of the story I was glad to have some political background I think the choice to anchor the story in a small village helps illustrate the way democracy is bought and the effects of religious fundamentalist movements Manai tackles a lot of enormous topics but keeps the tale brief and focused After several chapters I found myself drawn back to the book whenever I set it downManai paints the natural features of Tunisia with a lush and descriptive prose I appreciate the excellent job Lara Vergnaud did with the translation Everything felt smooth and easy to read The novel in many ways feels like a collection of short episodes revolving around rural Tunisian life during a moment of political change The supporting cast and their impressions of these events provided additional layers to the story I'd recommend The Ardent Swarm to readers interested in learning about Tunisia and those interested in a small story about big eventsOn a side note I love the beautiful cover art Disclaimer ARC provided by Crossing via NetGalley All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own


  3. says:

    This book is heavily laden with metaphor and a lot of material that may not appeal to the average reader in that it does draw in a lot of cultural references that many people may not recognise The language is beautiful and I applaud the translator for putting forth such a wonderful and true translation it is not an easy thing to do The story is not linear instead opting to focus on small fragments of time and aspects of people's lives I think the most effective part of the book was the travel through the airport and the terrifying situation that manifests when the main character is detained How horrible it must have been for those poor bees There's a lot of context that seems to go missing in this book if you're not well informed about the situation that Tunisia has found itself in over the course of recent history however if you're willing to do a little extrinsic reading this book carries a powerful metaphor for times of revolution and is a timely read at the moment especially


  4. says:

    Overall I found The Ardent Swarm enjoyable I was instantly captivated by Sidi's story as he fought to protect his bees from danger These bees and their problems were an allegory for the conflict taking place around him and I could see that in its broadest strokes; however a reader with greater knowledge of the real life events might see additional nuances that I missed with only my faint understanding of what took place So in reading this book I learnt a little about life for people post Arab Spring along with new facts about the art of beekeeping making it an educational as well as entertaining read Worth checking outI received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review


  5. says:

    I loved this book The writing is excellent the translation is beautiful and the story is so uniue and goes unexpected places Including murder hornets When I realized this was happening I was extra intrigued because they recently appeared where I live Washington state and there was a lot of news about it The writing about the bees is so good There is a battle between the honeybees and the murder hornets technically Giant Asian Hornets that had me holding my breath I was also completely intrigued by the rest of the book as it was based on the Tunisian revolution and the aftermath I went to Tunisia in 2003 and traveled around the country so I could picture a lot of the setting Honestly I loved this book and I'd be surprised if it didn't win some awards next year It already won awards for the original publication which is in French


  6. says:

    Amazing readThis is a book about a man trying to rescue his bee hives However at the same time he is also trying to save himself I liked how the book relates what is going on in Tunisia and other Islamic countries with regards to the struggles of modernism


  7. says:

    A joyous natural book All about love humanity and conservation Peaceful means to combat an apiary attack Bees are intelligent Without them thriving our whole existence and preservation would crumble Long live bees


  8. says:

    Moving taleDevastating in its detail and narrative power Superb translation too I wouldn’t be surprised to see this on at least one year end list for 2021


  9. says:

    Rush to read this bookI read this in one sitting and was fascinated from start to finishThe imagery conjured was spellbinding A must read


  10. says:

    I was drawn to this book because I like bees They are fascinating creatures The story is so much than the bees though The author intertwines Sidi's fight with the murder hornets who threaten his beehives with the post Arab Spring situation of Tunisia The language is simple fitting the simplicity of the bees and Sidi's life and the story well toldThanks to Net Galley and Crossing for the eArc


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The Ardent Swarm

To influence votes any way they can on the eve of the country’s first democratic elections To succeed in his uest and find a glimmer of hope to protect all that he holds dear Sidi will have to look further than he ever imaginedIn this brilliantly accessible modern day parable Yamen Manai uses a masterful blend of humor and drama to reveal what happens in a country shaken by revolutionary change after the world stops watchin A joyous natural book All about love humanity and conservation Peaceful means to combat an apiary attack Bees are intelligent Without them thriving our whole existence and preservation would crumble Long live bees

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From an award winning Tunisian author comes a stirring allegory about a country in the aftermath of revolution and the power of a single uestSidi 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 This book is heavily laden with metaphor and a lot of material that may not appeal to the average reader in that it does draw in a lot of cultural references that many people may not recognise The language is beautiful and I applaud the translator for putting forth such a wonderful and true translation it is not an easy thing to do The story is not linear instead opting to focus on small fragments of time and aspects of people's lives I think the most effective part of the book was the travel through the airport and the terrifying situation that manifests when the main character is detained How horrible it must have been for those poor bees There's a lot of context that seems to go missing in this book if you're not well informed about the situation that Tunisia has found itself in over the course of recent history however if you're willing to do a little extrinsic reading this book carries a powerful metaphor for times of revolution and is a timely read at the moment especially

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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 answersAlong the way he discovers a country and a people turned upside down by their new post–Arab Spring reality as Islamic fundamentalists seek Amazing readThis is a book about a man trying to rescue his bee hives However at the same time he is also trying to save himself I liked how the book relates what is going on in Tunisia and other Islamic countries with regards to the struggles of modernism

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  • The Ardent Swarm
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  • 23 December 2020
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