Pearl of China: A Novel

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by Anchee Min | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 1608193128 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingbooklady331wing of Cape Coral, Florida USA on 7/30/2015
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Journal Entry 1 by wingbooklady331wing from Cape Coral, Florida USA on Thursday, July 30, 2015
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Journal Entry 2 by wingbooklady331wing at Cape Coral, Florida USA on Friday, February 09, 2018
This book is a fictionalized story of Pearl S. Buck. It does not even claim to be true. Just as Pearl Buck loved China, this author loves Pearl Buck, and brings her to life as a true heroine.

This story is told though the eyes of her childhood companion (fictional), the reader comes to understand how much Pearl loved China. She was the daughter of Christian missionaries. Pearl spoke Chinese fluently loved the people. She went to college in America and came back to China with her American husband. The marriage was not a happy one and the only child she bore was mentally disabled. However, she rose above her difficulties, spent lots of time with her narrator friend, but eventually was forced to leave China as the Communist regime came into power. The story takes us from their childhood through Mao's terrifying reign even though Pearl was not in China at that time. The parts about Madam Mao horrified me. For those who think women would rule in a more gentle, empathetic manner with less war, I want to point out Madam Mao, Catherine the Great, Eva Peron and Imelda Marcos.

Pearl S. Buck was my first introduction to China. I remember curling up and reading The Good Earth when I was in high school.
I did enjoy the book but I couldn't help but wonder which parts were true and which were based on fiction. Bit, "Pearl of China" honors her memory. I felt like the book lacked something. I almost gave up in the beginning, but felt the book improved about half way through the book. It is unfortunate that the writing is not better in this. It tends to be choppy and flits around a great deal. It also doesn't have much, if anything, about Pearl after she leaves China about halfway through the book.







Journal Entry 3 by wingbooklady331wing at Cape Coral, Florida USA on Friday, February 09, 2018

Released 1 yr ago (2/9/2018 UTC) at Cape Coral, Florida USA

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Journal Entry 4 by wingiwillrejoicewing at Fort Myers, Florida USA on Saturday, February 10, 2018
Arrived safely today. Thank you!

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