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Quaint and Mysterious,
This review is from: Of Bees and Mist (Paperback)
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They say to write what you know and, if that is true then Erick Setiawan must have real mother-in-law issues. Eva, the mother-in-law or Meridia, the central character in Of Bees and Mist is truly one of the most evil characters I have ever read!
Of Bees and Mist is a tale of the marriage of Meridia and Daniel and of the intreraction of their two families and its effect on them. Surrounding this tale, which could take place in any time and place, are faint whisperings of a magical world where ghosts appear in mirrors, different coloured mists appear and whisk people away and the physical manifestation of verbal and mental cruelty as thousands of bees - the Bees and Mists of the title. This adds a certain "quaintness" and mystery to the tale that wouldn't have been there otherwise.
It has been suggested that this is more a book that women would enjoy and, although I can see the reasons for that, I think that it could be enjoyed by everyone. I enjoyed it and my only criticism is that some of the characterisation is a bit one-dimensional. The main characters of Eva and Meridia are well fleshed out and I was hating and sympathising with them respectively. However, some of the surrounding characters came across, to me, as a bit flat. Daniel, Meridia's husband, especially so for a character that was a part of the main group. This may have been intentional to show how much of his character had been drained by his overbearing mother, I don't know. Aside from that, I liked it.