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Meet Finch a corporate drone and blogger who invents words and imaginary lives but none as surreal as the life he's about to lead as a decorative hermit. Meet Mr. Crane an eccentric billionaire whose whims and moods change as often as the landscape outside his employee's cave. Join them both as they search for naturalistic serenity in a land of postmodern complexity. Like Mr. Crane who possesses the resources to build his own river shape its path and control its flow Himmer carefully constructs a wondrous setting and creates a magical allegory that playfully explores the meaning of society wealth and the nature of work and the limits of solitude in a networked world. Humor abounds as Finch adjusting to a hermetic life learns to paint poorly play a reappearing flute and contend with countless distractions including his employer's topless wife a meditative lion trained to befriend him swarms of droning bees and his employer's booming voice from speakers in the brambles. When Finch a recently fired marketer of plastic plants takes a vow of silence to live as a hermit on an eccentric billionaire's estate he finds that his attempt to contemplate nature and deeper truths is foiled by his noisy inner thoughts and his new employer's booming demands.

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    I loved reading The Bee Loud Glade, it almost made me crave to be outside in a Forrest in the middle of nowhere. The story was warm and amusing and very well written, definitely recommend it to friends and family. The ending, also not what I expected - but found it really touching. This book fast became one of my top 5.


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