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- Print Length: 229 pages
- Publisher: Open Road Media (August 21, 2012)
- Publication Date: August 21, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008F4NSTS
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,914 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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If you read the Kindle edition, “Sons” actually ends about 59% of the way through the book. There is an incredibly extended preview of the next book in the trilogy, “A House Divided,” following. And by extended, I mean for sure a third to half of that novel must be previewed on Kindle. For that reason, because I’ve been sucked into that preview by the eminently unlikable Wang Yuan, I suppose I will read the final book in the trilogy.
So influential was Buck’s book many of us had no idea she wrote many and that the Good Earth was part of a Trilogy. OK so maybe that was just me. I have now read several of her works including, Sons, Book 2 od the Earth Trilogy.
Sons about wore me out. We meet the three sons of the aged and dying Wang Lung. Assuming his wealth and status are his 3 sons, Wang the Landlord, the pleasure loving lazy first son, Wang the Merchant the plain living money scrounger and Wang the Tiger the future war lord.
The older brothers are married, so some women none of whom are particularly important to the plot . Except to remind us that the male dominated, traditional Chinese family was a mostly un guided household of people who found their way or did not. Mostly the paternal leader waited until some arbitrary point to take an interest in something in his household not himself.
The youngest some slowly takes over the narrative as he at least is doing dramatic things. He is relative to his time and type a kindly up and coming war lord. He is ruthless and clever, but is willing to pay for his what his troops need and refuses them freedom to plunder the peasantry.
Eventually he has a son and the narrative will turn to him.
Buck makes it clear from early on this is unlikely to end with Happily Ever After. In fact, what would be happy for these mostly rudderless people following traditions to no particular purpose is a major point of the writer.
At some point in this overly mannered novel I felt weighted down. It may have been built on traditional Chinese storytelling, but that aspect is not announced anywhere in this edition. Worse there seems to be a formulaic, almost pigeon English based no doubt on how people of this culture tended to think or write, but it slows things down and is mostly repetitious. The literary equivalent of fake Chinese Sing Song in the cheaper movies, only written out.
At this book’s abrupt, cliff hanger ending I was going to stop, but my Kindle copy includes almost all of book 3 so I finished this extensive sample then read on to the end of book 3. Things there got a little better.
I would recommend Sons to all Perl S. Buck fans and anyone interested in Chinese history. I rated it four stars because I thought Buck went a little overboard with her attempt to make the language sound as if the book were being translated from Chinese. It got a little annoying.
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Es ist schon extrem nervig, dass kaum gesprochen, sondern immer nur gerufen ("crying") wird, auch nur annähernd realistische Dialoge wird man vergebens suchen. Völlig auf der Strecke bleibt denn auch der eigentliche Spannungsbogen, nämlich die sich entwickelnden Differenzen und Konflikte zwischen traditioneller chinesischer Gesellschaft und der aufkeimenden westlichen Kultur und kommender Revolution.
Nun gut, man muss der Autorin natürlich zugute halten, dass wir das heute aus einem völlig anderen Blickwinkel betrachten und auch völlig anders interpretieren. P.S. Buck hatte nunmal nicht den Vorteil der historischen Rückschau und konnte zum Zeitpunkt der Entstehung des Werks natürlich auch nicht ahnen, wie sich die chinesische Gesellschaft entwickelt.
So bleibt aber dennoch statt einer zeitlosen Erzählung, die immer wieder in die Hand genommen wird ("Good Earth") ein seelenloses, plakatives Sittengemälde der chinesischen Gesellschaft am Vorabend des 2. Weltkrieges und der kommenden Revolution. Dafür zahlt man - auch als Kindle-Ausgabe - einen stolzen Preis, den man sich aber getrost sparen oder das Geld anderweitig ausgeben kann.
The book itself is amazing as all Buck books!