Pearl of China

Pearl of China

A Novel

Book - 2010
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In the small southern town of Chin-kiang, in the last days of the nineteenth century, young Willow and young Pearl S. Buck, the headstrong daughter of zealous Christian missionaries, bump heads and embark on a friendship that will sustain both of them through one of the most tumultuous periods in Chinese history.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2010
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9781596916975
1596916974
Characteristics: 278 p. ; 25 cm

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susanchyn
Aug 01, 2016

Fanciful and pointless book that conjures up a Chinese foil for Pearl Buck.

The writing is at once simplistic and pretentious. Short little sentences that go nowhere, dotted with clumsy translations of Chinese poems and plays. A ridiculous and implausible romp through 20th-century Chinese history.

Pearl Buck led an incredibly interesting life; her counter-revolutionary status has been forgotten and forgiven. Why, then, cast her life in a chick-lit melodrama?

As Julia Lovell of The Guardian put it, "If you're looking for insight into Buck's extraordinary life, you should probably read Hilary Spurling's new biography."

PoMoLibrary Jul 30, 2015

From our 2015 #80DayRead Summer Reading Club traveler Mallee: Chinese Willow and US Born Pearl become fast friends until the Boxer Revolution forces Pearl to leave China.

Jane60201 Mar 17, 2014

The book was ok but not of the compelling quality of "Becoming Madam Mao."

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faithjoanne
Jan 21, 2014

A fascinating story based on the early life of Pearl Buck in China, with possibly fictional characters to help tell the tale. "The Good Earth" was a shocking discovery in my teenage years, of life in China, so this was doubly fascinating. Now to read more by this American Chinese authoress.

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gmcoupal
Jul 01, 2011

Good ar must read for Gary

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mei21383017426672
Jun 28, 2011

excellent book, made me laugh and cry

PhylBee Mar 09, 2011

I enjoyed reading this story about Pearl S. Buck's youth and life prior to becoming a noted author and Nobel Prize winner. I found it a bit slow getting started but it became quite enticing as the story moved along.

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jjens01
Nov 03, 2010

Excellent book, I would defininetly read again. Terrific author Pearl Buck,look foward to reading more of her books,
All about chinas past history

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Minnetonka_Library
May 21, 2010

Absolutely fascinating....love this book about Pearl Buck.

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rtwete
Mar 27, 2011

Fictionalized account of Pearl S. Buck as child friend of completely fictional Chinese girl. Chinese girl is narrator and it goes through her whole life. Pearl S. Buck and family had to leave China in late 30's due to civil war and murderous intent toward all foreigners.

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