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Kinfolk (Oriental Novels of Pearl S. Buck) Paperback – January 1, 2004
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Pearl began to publish stories and essays in the 1920s, in magazines such as The Nation, The Chinese Recorder, Asia, and The Atlantic Monthly. Her first novel, East Wind, West Wind, was published by the John Day Company in 1930. John Day's publisher, Richard Walsh, would eventually become Pearl's second husband, in 1935, after both received divorces.
In 1931, John Day published Pearl's second novel, The Good Earth. This became the bestselling book of both 1931 and 1932, won the Pulitzer Prize and the Howells Medal in 1935, and would be adapted as a major MGM film in 1937. Other novels and books of nonfiction quickly followed. In 1938, less than a decade after her first book had appeared, Pearl won the Nobel Prize in literature, the first American woman to do so. By the time of her death in 1973, Pearl had published more than seventy books: novels, collections of stories, biography and autobiography, poetry, drama, children's literature, and translations from the Chinese. She is buried at Green Hills Farm in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
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The story revolves around the Liang family: proud, arrogant, scholarly Mr. Liang, his simple, timid, but kind wife, and their 4 children. James, the oldest, has just finished medical school, Mary is calm and steady, Louise is a "typical" young woman by American standards, and Peter is determined to become a civil engineer. Mr and Mrs Liang have escaped China - and the oncoming Communist regime - for the freedom of New York City. However, along with that comes a severe clash of cultures: New York City in the 1940s is not very sensitive to the Chinese way of life, outside of Chinatown - much to the dissatisfaction of Mr. Liang.
James, who could have a brilliant career as a surgeon in New York, feels the pull of his ancestral China and his one desire is to return to the land of his parents. What results is a study of parents - displaced from an Oriental culture - into one from the West. And one of the children - displaced from a Western culture - into one from the East. Ms Buck, herself having lived both cultures, wonderfully brings the reader into the story and makes both, New York City AND Peking, come alive. The struggles, the clash of cultures, the joys, the sorrows, the small victories, the strength of spirit, all seem so real, so vibrant.
I had never heard of this novel, indeed I don't even think this is one of Ms. Buck's best. However, her writing style is so easy to get caught up in, so easy to feel part of the characters, it doesn't matter if this is the best or the least! This is a totally enjoyable story!
She is so far above all the rest, except for Joyce Carol Oates, who is the best living writer, and could be the reincarnation of Ms. Buck. I thank God daily for giving us the great gift of both.
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Love all of her books. I have read five and have quite a few to go. The Good Earth started me to become an avid reader.Published 2 months ago by Syd DiCristino
anything one reads by Pearl S. Buck is a wonderful and enjoyable read as well as a learning experience……….Published 2 months ago by auag
loved this book. interesting to read of the differences of cultures.Published 3 months ago by Judith R. Nigh
Pears S. Buck never fails and this is one of her best. Her comparisons between China and the US are without a doubt the most noteworthy. Read morePublished 3 months ago by booksforever
The Good Earth sets the standard for Pearl Buck books. My time would have been better spent re-reading The Good Earth instead of reading Kinfolk. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Sueman
All of her books r truly amazing! My favorite author of all time.Published 3 months ago by Sharon Franklin
Have many,many of her books and loved reading
all of them. Superb writer. Some that I have are
very old right up to the newer ones