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Kinfolk (Oriental Novels of Pearl S. Buck) Paperback – January 1, 2004
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About the Author
Pearl S. Buck was born in West Virginia and taken to China as an infant before the turn of the century. Buck grew up speaking Chinese as well as English. She is the most widely translated American author to this day. She has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the Nobel Prize for Literature. She died in 1973.
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Dr. Liang, the father, is narcissistic, arrogant, cold. He sends his 4 children around the world to China, never to see 3 of them again. What kind of father does this? Nor could I willingly suspend my disbelief that the two older children, James and Mary, who have lived most of their life as New York upper class, would be willing to give up all the trappings of civilization, running water, electricity, cleanliness, to go "help" people they don't even know for some fairy tale image of Chinese peasants and the ancestral village. I kept waiting for it to get good, or even interesting, but it never did. If you loved The Good Earth, don't bother reading this book.