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Dragon Seed: The Story of China at War (Oriental Novels of Pearl S. Buck)
 
 

Dragon Seed: The Story of China at War (Oriental Novels of Pearl S. Buck) [Kindle Edition]

Pearl S. Buck
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A Nobel laureate’s gripping historical novel about the Japanese invasion of Nanking

Farmer Liang Tan knows only a quiet, traditional life in his remote Chinese farming community. When news filters in that Japanese forces are invading the country, he and his fellow villagers believe that if they behave decently to the Japanese soldiers, the civilians might remain undisturbed. They’re in for a shock, as the attackers lay waste to the country and install a puppet government designed to systematically carry out Japanese interests. In response, the Chinese farmers and their families form a resistance—which not only carries grave risk, but also breaks their vow of nonviolence, leading them to wonder if they’re any different than their enemy.
 
Later adapted into a film featuring Katharine Hepburn, Dragon Seed is a brilliant and unflinching look at the horrors of war.
 
This ebook features an illustrated biography of Pearl S. Buck including rare images from the author’s estate.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 13673 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road Media (21 Aug 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008F4NQXG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #111,866 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping tale of the birth of China 26 July 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I read 'the Good Earth' as a kid and enjoyed it. I ordered more of her work when the new biography came out and I heard more about her life. This is a well crafted novel, which gets at the heart of modern history and how China came to be formed. It could almost be a daydream about the origins of Mao and his last wife. Buck poses tough ethical questions and challenges the reader to consider what they'd do in the place of these peasants caught up in a conflict. Clearly she's writing about the Japanese invasion, but doesn't specify anything explicitly. She includes issues about inter generational conflicts, feminism, town versus country, violence, sexual exploitation. I'd say this is a better book than 'the Good Earth'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pearl Buck at her beat 27 Sep 2013
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Among the best of Pearl Buck's oriental novels,and I have bought eight of them.Hugely enjoyable,and one learns more from them than from any History book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A quality writer 17 Sep 2013
By Hari
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Well written novel which kept you hooked until the last page. Pearl Buck is a good and thoughtful author. Well done
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5.0 out of 5 stars Much read 17 Jun 2013
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I first read this many years ago. When reading and listening to it again, I was not dissipointed. Loved it.
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59 of 60 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars World War II China 17 Sep 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Pearl Buck describes the simple life of a village family in China before and during World War II. She follows the lives of each family member, the daughter & her husband who cooperate with the Japanese, the sons who escape to the hills & join the Chinese resistance, the youngest teenage daughter who is sent away to avoid rape, the simple aging farmer & his wife who stay with their land at all costs. While the village & nearby city are never named, it is evocative in some respects of the new book, "The Rape of Nanking." I've read this book twice.
74 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AN EARTH-SHAKING NOVEL; PEARL BUCK AT HER FINEST 17 Dec 2000
By Ercie Berwick - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I thought I would never read a novel as outstanding as The Good Earth. And then I read Dragon Seed! Thus far, this is the greatest book I have ever read! There are truly no adjectives to satisfactorily describe the depth and poignancy of this novel. My heart filled with sorrow as I turned the pages of this mesmerizing story of the Chinese peasants' condition during World II. I would go back to re-read a paragraph every now and then in order to let the words seep into my very soul. I could not comprehend this unspeakable man's inhumanity to man, but there it was, as only Pearl Buck could write about it. Not to read this book at least once is not to have lived. I will carry the drama and heartbreak of Dragon Seed with me for the rest of my life. Dragon Seed is not just a novel; it is an experience of the heart and soul! It should be a must for everyone who truly loves great literature, and it should be required reading for every public high school student in this country.
53 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Book I Have EVER Read! 8 Jun 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I read this book because I love Pearl S. Buck books! Of all her books this is the best! And even of all other books, this is my favorite! There is just so much to this book that no movie or review such as I am giving could properly give justice to it. The sequel to it, The Promise, is a must-read only because the end of Dragon Seed will not be enough for anyone. I would describe this book as historical fiction. The events are real, the place is real (which we find out in The Promise, is a hamlet outside of Nanking/Nanjing-Pinyin), and the cultural Chinese family as presented is real. Everything else is just magical fiction! The book is humorous in places and serious in others. This is the ONLY book i have ever read twice, and i could read it for a third time! I can tell anyone in the film industry that this book can be made into the next great movie success story! This is the best review i can give for the greatest book ever written. Now the best I can do is wait to see if my review can encourage the entire world to at least give this wonderful book the chance it deserves!
30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The book that changed the direction of my life 21 Oct 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
At the age of 15 I stumbled upon this book. Who was Pearl Buck? I did not know. As I read it I became spellbound. This strange foreign family did not seem strange or foreign to me. They seemed, well, familiar, comforting. I realized they were my mother, my father, my brothers because although they lived in another place and time--their feelings, their struggles were timeless. This was my first clear introduction to understanding that human beings are the same everywhere. They are good and they are evil. Adversity brings both out in people. Dragon Seed was my first Pearl Buck novel, but now I have an extensive collection, that aside I've also traveled in Asia extensively. Not to mention the fact that my husband and children are Japanese! (Dragon Seed is in China but she's also lived in and written about Japan, India). Pearl Buck opened the windows of the world to me and more importantly, revealed the human soul. By the way, just so whoever wrote the other review knows: Dragon Seed WAS a movie starring Kathryn Hepburn. However, I think a remake starring a Chinese woman would be more appropriate. Also, frankly they distorted the plot horribly in the original movie.
24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unforgettable 20 Sep 2004
By J. Algozzini - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I have read many books in my time but the two books that stand out for me are Dragon Seed by Pearl S. Buck and This Perfect Day by Irn Levin. Although The Good Earth is a fine book by any standard, Dragon Seed brought the characters to life for me. I have re-read these two books so many times that they have become a little "raggy" with time. Each time I read them I find something new, some new slant on what the authors were saying. The movie that was made from the book Dragon Seed could have been done better and although I like Katherine Hepburn, the part she played should have been played by an oriental. But, the book will live on and will continue to make itself felt for many years to come. Someday, I hope to find someone who will put these two books on a tape for those who have vision difficulty. I have not found them available for the visually impaired thus far. I feel that this is keeping a large section of the population from enjoying these books and I do hope that this will be corrected in the near future.
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