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A House Divided (The Good Earth Trilogy Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Pearl S. Buck
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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The conclusion to Buck’s celebrated Good Earth trilogy: the story of a man’s return to a homeland embroiled in revolution

On the eve of a popular rebellion, the Chinese government starts to crack down in cities across the country. Fleeing the turmoil, Wang Yuan, the son of a famous general and grandson of the patriarch of The Good Earth, leaves for America to study agriculture. When he returns to China six years later, he encounters a nation still in the grip of violent uprisings. Unprepared for the social upheaval, Wang is torn by the tensions between old traditions and new ways, and by his formidable family, whose struggles he hopes to solve.
 
A reflective finale to Buck’s groundbreaking and bestselling trilogy, A House Divided is a rich and unforgettable portrait of a family—and a nation—in transition.
 
This ebook features an illustrated biography of Pearl S. Buck including rare images from the author’s estate.

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    Takes place during the Revolution in China. The main character is caught between friends and family on both sides of the conflict. Ms Buck has given us a full and intensely interesting study of three generations of Chinese life. This is the classic conflict between tradition and the new generation.

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    4.0 out of 5 stars Revolutionary China 20 Sept. 2014
    Format:Kindle Edition
    A couple of days ago, I finished reading the novel, A House Divided by Pearl Buck, which was first published in 1935.

    I found this literary novel, in which Pearl Buck tells the fictional story of Wang Yuan, son of Tiger, a Chinese war lord. difficult to read due to its style.

    In childhood, Yuan feared his father whose sword was never far from his hand. At the age of nineteen Yuan joined the revolutionists, 'who were the enemies of all lords of war such as the Tiger was.' He returns home wearing his uniform. His father is about to kill him " But for the first time in his life the Tiger's son showed the anger he had in him, but which he had never dared to show before his father."

    A House Divided reveals the era prior to the Chinese Revolution, as well as Wang Yuan's uncertainties, selective memory and narrow-mindedness.

    Although Yuan is arrested for being a revolutionary, he escapes execution after his family bribe the authorities. He is sent to America where he studies agriculture with the hope of one day improving ordinary Chinese people's lives. Seven years later, he returns home.

    Pearl Buck tells the reader how Yuan reacts to America and Americans as well as his reactions when he returns to China, where poverty- stricken people's situation, and the upper class's attitude towards them has not changed. Daughter of missionaries Pearl Buck's descriptions of beggars and naked children obviously came from her heart.

    A House Divided is not only about the effects of change on Yuan and his family but also about Yuan's divided, uncertain heart.

    All in all, I am glad I persevered and read the entire novel because I learned so much about past times.
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    13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Good Earth trilogy. 27 July 2010
    By Dwalli
    Format:Paperback
    This book is the third in the Pearl S Buck trilogy, The Good Earth. I had problems getting hold of book number two but it was worth the wait. This book arrived in good time and in perfect condition. I think I will have to read all three books again I have enjoyed them so much. I love her writing style, so descriptive of the characters and the times. I can lose myself in the China of the early 20th century and the social history of that time, I intend to read all her other books as well.
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    3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the other two in the trilogy 3 May 2013
    By Fran
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    Having loved the Good Earth I was looking forward to reading the other two parts and this, the third book in the trilogy didn't really live up to the other two. Its worth reading to get an overview of chinese history but I didn't find the characters as compelling as in the first two.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyed reading 5 Oct. 2013
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    i enjoyed it thoroughly all of it, very absorbing, it helped me to be distract from day to day worries ... a very good read. I loved it
    and learning at the same time. I always enjoy a read read, also the good earth Thank you
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