Bee Season [Myla Goldberg] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. An ordinary girl with an exceptional gift for spelling, young Eliza Naumann . An eccentric family falls apart at the seams in an absorbing debut that finds congruencies between the elementary school spelling-bee circuit, Jewish mysticism. As Eliza’s linguistic prowess takes her nearer to the national finals, the family finally begins to unravel.

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Son Arron, at 16, expects to become a rabbi someday, but as nerdy outcast at school, he finds himself wanting something more or at least different from his spiritual life. Learn More About Bee Season print. The mother deserves to be in a mental facility, that dad is as vain as can be, and their teenage son is reckless in his own sense. I think the end was Eliza’s way of trying to regain some sort of normalcy back in her life.

Whatever the answer, I feel that I would have had a much more gratifying reading experience had I understood the point of being made to feel like an incestuous peeping tom. Those of us who recognize it, and perhaps change it, are perhaps luckier than those whose compulsions bring them terrible harm, but that is another story.

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But that seems like the kind of narrow-minded, technical criticism Mr Naumann would throw at his daughter’s spelling errors. One day Eliza surprises herself by winning the class spelling beethen the school bee at McKinley Elementary School. Sure, if, like me, you’re disturbed by a culture that can seem like a disorienting, if not destabalizing amalgam of theocracy and meritocracy, where success requires a near puritanical belief in self-reliance, and failure gives off a whiff of moral offense.


Introduction Like most families, the Naumanns have settled comfortably into a routine, each member playing an accepted role in the day-to-day family drama. With the automated function, people are not necessarily even aware of the fact they have misspelled a word; mistakes are passively reinforced with the eventual result that people will become increasingly dependent upon their machines to help them simulate competency.

Bee Season turns the tables on this traditional slander.

This chunk of the novel focused mainly on Eliza discovering her gift for competitive spelling after winning her class Bee. The father was OK but pointless.

Before they got to the age where they realized they were in competition to be the smartest, most worthy child, they were a team, scheming to get the best pieces of cake in the synagogue. In other projects Wikiquote. Not dysfunction, then, but precisely its function: Read it Forward Read it first. In what ways do each of their quests embody the Jewish principle of Tikkun Olam”the fixing of the world” [p.

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I hated the narration. Yet he refuses to see the similarities mhla what he is trying to teach his daughter and the choice of Hare Krishna religion that his son has chosen.

It was at that moment Jewish mysticism entered the story, as well as the character of Saul. Apr 20, Tifnie rated it did not like it Shelves: In my early teens I was sometimes forced to babysit for my younger cousins with my seqson.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. That’s why the end makes sense to me. Goldberg is a smart writer that way. His obtuseness strains credulity at times, but fortunately, the painfully believable struggles of Eliza and her brother make up for it.

She is a kleptomaniac. Eliza–a below average student who has a talent for spelling words. He believes she has the potential to lead her to shefathe influx of the Divine. The ending,which is ambiguous, is perfect. Aug 13, Pages. How does Myla Goldberg use both humor and poignancy to bring home the impact of this judgment on a child?

Press reactions: Bee Season, by Myla Goldberg

Instead, I read Goldberg’s odd tale of an eccentric Jewish family and was sorely disappointed. And Eliza, who is, in the beginning of the book, a sweet, if a little neglected little girl who has finally been discovered a talent and begins to shine, in the end becomes someone who has experienced such a terrifying feeling and sees God and becomes mature, and deliberately misspells a letter in the bee contest.

Do her ostensible involvement with work and her treatment of her children make her a “bad” mother?