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  • Paperback: 348 pages
  • Publisher: Moyer Bell Ltd ,U.S.; Reprint edition (1 May 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1559210346
  • ISBN-13: 978-1559210348
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.6 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 447,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a portrayal of China in the midst of revolution.

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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 By Mrs. D. Wallington on 27 July 2010
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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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By Angie Lyew on 5 Oct 2013
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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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This was the last of the good earth trilogy and showed how far Chinese culture had come in such a short time. I love the way the author writes, you can almost picture yourself there.
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