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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing Woman and an enlightening Book!, January 17, 1999
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This review is from: Pearl S. Buck: A Cultural Biography (Hardcover)
I just finished reading this book for a book group I am a member of and am looking forward to our discussion next week. I interrupted my reading when Conn got to his discussion of The Good Earth to read it and then continue with his book. What a revelation! I found both of these books to be excellent. The Good Earth grabs you early on and leads you on an adventure to enlightenment. These are real people - responding to real and often overwhelming circumstances as human beings - good, bad, conflicted and complex. A real learning experience! Back, to Conn's book. He does an excellent job in presenting the whole Buck, not glossing over any negatives or at least perceived negatives but just amazing you with what this woman of enormous energy, courage and integrity accomplished. She became a "celebrity" and she used this status to do good in every way she knew how! The indictment of the male literary establishment and their dismissal of Buck as a merely "popular" author is well documented and supported. I disagreed with just a few of the authors points, one in particular in which he characterizes the strongest fiction as accepting the task of making the familiar seem strange while Buck only had the gift of making the strange seem familiar. I would say good books could do either and one certainly isn't superior to the other. I had only heard about Buck, never read anything about her or by her Conn's book did a wonderful service - in introducing and illuminating one of the giants of the 20th century
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