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Pearl of China #2020

Pearl of China In the small southern town of Chin kiang two young girls from very different worlds collide and become inseparable companions Willow is hardened by poverty and fearful for her future Pearl is the dau

  • Title: Pearl of China
  • Author: Anchee Min
  • ISBN: 9781408809792
  • Page: 184
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pearl of China By Anchee Min, In the small southern town of Chin kiang, two young girls from very different worlds collide and become inseparable companions Willow is hardened by poverty and fearful for her future Pearl is the daughter of a Christian missionary who desperately wishes she was Chinese too Neither could have foreseen the transformation of the little American girl embarrassed by her bloIn the small southern town of Chin kiang, two young girls from very different worlds collide and become inseparable companions Willow is hardened by poverty and fearful for her future Pearl is the daughter of a Christian missionary who desperately wishes she was Chinese too Neither could have foreseen the transformation of the little American girl embarrassed by her blonde hair into the Nobel Prize winning writer and one of China s modern heroines, Pearl S Buck When the country erupts in civil war between the Nationalists and the Communists, Pearl and Willow are brutally reminded of their differences Pearl s family is forced to flee the country and Willow is punished for her loyalty to her cultural imperialist friend And yet, in the face of everything that threatens to tear them apart, the paths of these two women remain intimately entwined.

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    1. This was a reviewer copy provided by Library Thing Pearl of China is a fictionalized account of the life of Pearl Buck as told by her best friend, Willow Yee From Buck s childhood as a missionary s daughter in China to her life in America during Mao s Great Leap Forward, we see Buck s life through Willow s eyes and, as a result, what her work meant to the Chinese people Having been raised in China, Buck is presented as Chinese than American and as the only Westerner who could communicate the Ch [...]

    2. Only three stars, and I will try and explain why First of all the title tells you the book is about Pearl S Buck, but much of what you learn about her is summarized in short sentences So much is missing Pearl is described throough the eyes of her friend Willow Yee The book is in fact about Willow s life than Pearl s Further, a very large portion of the book concerns Christianity in China I think the title is deceptive and falsely attracts readers by flagging with Pearl s name We all know a good [...]

    3. Pearl S Buck was my first introduction to China I remember curling up and reading her books particularly The Good Earth when I was in high school I was just so fascinated This is a fictionalized version of her life in China told through the eyes of her childhood friend, Willow Yee The story takes us through their childhood through Mao s terrifying reign even though Pearl was not in China in those times It takes us on a journey on what happened to people who defended Pearl in those times I have n [...]

    4. I was very excited at the chance to review Anchee Min s Pearl of China I have an uncle who would carefully select books for me When I was in fifth grade, he introduced me to Pearl S Buck s The Good Earth The Good Earth was the first grown up book that I read the story was so absorbing and sad that it stayed with me for a long time It was The Good Earth that sparked my interest in China.In Pearl of China, Anchee Min introduces Pearl S Buck at a young age We meet Pearl as a young girl as she befri [...]

    5. Since the plot was already described elsewhere, I won t add anything new regarding this topic.In particular, I do hate books which mix fiction with biography since one never knows what is real fact and what is fiction I really would prefer to read an honest biography of this great and unforgettable writer named Pearl Buck.I won t criticize the order which Anchee Min received to denounce Pearl Buck as an American imperialist since it seems she doesn t was aware of the existence of the vow of sile [...]

    6. Pearl of Chinawas an interesting but kind of disappointing book I appreciated knowing about Pearl Buck and her life in China, but the book left me wanting Where were the great descriptions of life good or bad in China There is such a wealth of material that could have been used to fill out the predictable story I did learn a few new things, but at times, realizing it was a fictionalized account, wondered about the veracity.Don t get me wrong I enjoyed the book I was just wishing for this book [...]

    7. I enjoyed the new perspective on the cultural revolution in this book It gave a mix of western and Chinese points of view I would like to point out that I do not believe this book is about Christianity in China, it is about the cultural revolution and how other beliefs fared at the time.

    8. The Chinese don t need a blonde woman to tell their stories Pearl S Buck was once one of my comfort reads, both for ease of engagement as well as the added bonus of Nobel Prize for Lit woman whose main topics involved the country many of my childhood friends and compatriots hailed from Over time, I began to recognize the hegemony white people had over the tales of non white countries, and decided to put a break on those stories, fiction or non fiction, however well intentioned This has resulted [...]

    9. I felt like it took me way too long to read through this book I m not sure why It wasn t a long book It wasn t boring I didn t have that impatient feeling of I can t wait for this to end But, it didn t really grab me and I would not say it is Min s best work It begins as the friendship of Pearl Buck and Willow Yee in a small town in China where they both lived Since this is historical fiction, I know that it is not reality I think one of the problems is the book is ambivalent whether it is to be [...]

    10. At times while reading this, I questioned whether this book was really about Pearl Buck or about Christianity in China I realize that with Pearl being the daughter of missionaries, religion is unavoidable However, the religious talk, the god this and god that was overwhelming I occasionally will pick up a Christian fiction book due to the story lines they contain and I honestly feel this book had god talk than any Christian novel I have picked up.Pearl grew up in early 1900s China and her story [...]

    11. This happens to be my introduction to Pearl S Buck yes I m a late comer but what an introduction it was I thoroughly enjoyed the book, and found myself pulled directly into the story especially in the early years I thought it captured the essence of small town life in rural China in the early 1900s very well and reminded me some of my time I lived in a small town in Taiwan albeit 100 years later.This book also has served for me as introduction to much of Chinese 20th century history e.g the Boxe [...]

    12. I really enjoyed this book and would not hesitate to recommend it to others The relationship between Willow and Pearl was special indeed and the glimpse into Pearl S Buck s life in China was a treasure.

    13. Willow s father wanted to name her Weed , because he said if she started out in the lowest possible place, life could only get better But, her grandmother prevailed and named the baby Willow Willow Yee, the narrator of Pearl of China, is a fictional character who tells the story of Pearl S Buck woven though her own life story This is also a brief telling of the history of China from 1900 to the 1970 s I thoroughly enjoyed reading about one of my favorite authors, Pearl Buck This retelling of her [...]

    14. Onvan Pearl of China Nevisande Anchee Min ISBN 1596916974 ISBN13 9781596916975 Dar 278 Safhe Saal e Chap 2009

    15. Aku paham Pearl ingin menulis novel untuk melepaskan diri dari hidupnya Namun, siapa yang ingin membaca cerita ceritanya Orang China tidak perlu perempuan pirang menuturkan kisah mereka, sementara orang Barat tidak tertarik pada China Apa yang membuat Pearl mengira dia mempunyai peluang sukses Begitulah perkataan Loosing Buck kepada Willow, sahabat Pearl Nyata benar bahwa suami Pearl sama sekali tidak mendukung Pearl untuk menulis Awalnya Pearl menikahi Loosing karena kecintaan mereka akan China [...]

    16. I kept changing my mind over whether this was a two star read or a three I got this through First Reads, and was excited I am not very good with history or geography as academic subjects, so I enjoy historical fiction that entertainingly fills in those gaps I read The Great Wave in grade school, and The Good Earth as an adult, I ve been to the Pearl S Buck house, so I consider myself passingly familiar with her and her work, eager to learn about her life, even from a fictionalized biography Wha [...]

    17. I discovered Pearl Buck in my teens and devoured her books Over the years I have them time and again never tiring of her stories of China and vivid descriptions of the people and the places they lived I think it is due to her writing that I have always been fascinated with China.This book is a very well done blend of fiction and true history It tells the story of Pearl s young life among the chinese and her friendship with Willow Willow is probably a composite of many friends Pearl actually had. [...]

    18. This was an unexpected surprise, to say the least, and a good one at that I heard the author, Anchee Min, on NPR one day, talking about Pearl S Buck and how Anchee Min s new novel was inspired by Pearl Buck s love for the Chinese people.Growing up, Anchee Min had been told, by the Communist government of China, that she is to hate Pearl Buck, because she was a Christian and a North American although Pearl Buck was raised in Zhenjiang, China Later on in life, when Anchee Min had moved to North Am [...]

    19. As a teenager in China during the Cultural Revolution, author Anchee Min was asked to denounce the so called American cultural imperialist Pearl Buck Years later, in the U S she had the opportunity of reading Buck s work and was ashamed that she had been forced to write against someone who obviously knew China and its people so well Pearl of China is her paean to Buck, and as such is a touching reminder of a writer who, despite winning the Nobel Prize in 1938, is mostly dismissed by this generat [...]

    20. Ok, I was trying to get a good sense of how I felt reading this book I read The Last Empress and I also read The Good Earth Because I had a little insight of the author and her subject, I thought I would LOVE this book I didn t The Last Empress was full of color and life this book wasn t The Good Earth was deep and emotional this book wasn t I have deep respect for both authors and it is very interesting to understand the life of an American with a Chinese heart in China in the early 1900 s I ju [...]

    21. Pearl of China is a fictional composite of probable people in China known to Pearl S Buck throughout her life The narrator of the tale is Willow, an early childhood friend of Pearl s who tells of Pearl s life and childhood in Chinag kua, and companions her periodically as Pearl returns to China before leaving with the advent of Mao s takeover and the expulsion of foreigners Moving through the major events of Chinese history and politics with some serious literary license until the end of Pearl s [...]

    22. Wow, what a disappointing book Having read several of Pearl S Buck s novels years and years ago, I was excited to come across Pearl of China on the New Acquisitions shelf at the library The idea of learning about the woman who sculpted such wonderful stories was irresistable, but this book did not satisfy In fact, I felt a bit taken advantage of the story told only snippets of Buck s life, but page after page of her childhood friend, Willow Yee This wasn t a problem in itself as Willow leads a d [...]

    23. Willow of China would have been appropriateJust used Pearl to make a buckThis piece of historical fiction supposedly brings new color to the remarkable life of Pearl S Buck, illuminated by the sweep of history and an intimate, unforgettable friendship But that was NOT the case There was a sweep of history that was revealed through Pearl s friend Willow but the friendship was a mere contrivance to provide this sweep of history There was little in depth revelation of Pearl S Buck she was a mere c [...]

    24. TCL Call Fiction MinRebecca five starsA fantastic way to see China through the eyes of a very spunky Willow, who the book introduces us to as a 9 year old at the end of the 19th century Willow meets Pearl, the eldest daughter of a zealous American missionary Pearl is head strong, independent and fiercely intelligent, and will grow up to be Pearl S Buck, the Pulitzer and Nobel Prize winning writer and humanitarian activist You probably remember reading Pearl Buck in school This fictional account [...]

    25. HikshikshiksIni satu dari sekian buku yang mampu membuatku berderai air mata mengaduk emosi bagaikan badai di laut lepasPersahabatan dua orang anak yang berkembang menjadi alasan untuk hidupperistirahatan Willow dan Pearls masuk daftar list makam yang ingin saya kunjungiKadang kenang kenangan mampu membuat seseorang bertahan hidupAtau malah pergi dari kehidupan fana iniPearl S Buck lebih China dari orang China sendiriIa berbahasa China sebelum mampu berbahasa Amerikaia memegang sumpit sebelum ma [...]

    26. dan di antara tumpukan buku buku,yang jumlahnya ratusan lebih ituaku merasa sangat beruntung, otak ini menggerakkan tanganku memilih buku ini untuk kubaca Aku bagai ingin menjadi bocah kecil yang bersembunyi di balik rerumputan lebat dan melihat dua orang perempuan itu, seorang China dan seorang berambut pirang, yang sedang berpandangan dalam suasana hiruk pikuk di dekat sebuah desa bernama Ciang kiang Aku akan membawakan bunga bunga segar ke makam Carrie di musim semi Suara perempuan China itu, [...]

    27. Saya sudah mempersiapkan lahir batin buku ini biasa saja atau membosankan spt historical fiction semestinya Tapi dari halaman pertama, saya sudah terkecoh Saya jatuh cinta dari lembaran awal hingga ke lembaran akhirnya Dari tertawa tawa hingga merasakan kesedihan.Dibuat dlm 5 bagian Bagian pertama mengenai awal pertemanan Willow Yee sbg tmn karib Pearl dgn Pearl di Chin kiang Jangan mengira pertemanan mrk mulus mulus saja Sbg pencuri cilik, Willow membuat Pearl jengkel krn mencuri milik keluarga [...]

    28. I blush to say that before encountering this rendering of the life of Pearl S Buck, as told by a fictional lifelong friend, I knew nothing about her I probably saw a copy of The Good Earth in my parents house many years ago, assumed it to be something of appeal to old timers, and forgot it Intrigued by this story and quickly trying now to make amends, I explored online and found a comment that she s mostly ignored by today s cultural gatekeepers If true, that seems odd, considering her lifelong [...]

    29. Pearl of China takes place at the end of the 19th century The book follows the fictional friendship of Willow and Pearl S Buck I was excited when I picked this book up from the library I ve read several of Anchee Min s books and enjoyed them all, and I m a fan of Pearl S Buck, however I was disappointed by her latest book, Pearl of China.At times in the book the text would seem stiff, and I was reminded of a textbook An example of this would, Many years later after ___ s death, and after Pearl h [...]

    30. This novel envisions Pearl Buck s life in China The story is told by a fictional childhood friend, Willow The narrative somewhat parallels the Sydenstricker family s life in China as presented in Pearl Buck in China Journey to The Good Earth through Pearl s young adulthood Poetic license is taken with events following Nanking, for instance Absalom and Pearl go to Japan before Absalom returns to China.The rigid missionary father Absalom, while headstrong and difficult, is somewhat air brushed The [...]

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