- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 13264 KB
- Print Length: 304 pages
- Publisher: Open Road Media (21 Aug. 2012)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008F4NQKY
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #173,877 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Mother: A Novel Kindle Edition
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The Mother goes through so many emotions trying to do the best for her family and lives to see her grandson born.
This is a story written in 1931 and reads as an old tale,and yet it could be set in the modern day. It is a fantastic read.
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While the book's prose has, on occasion, been criticized for its archaic style, Buck merely presents her story in language that mirrors the peasant colloquial of the day. This use of language and Buck's wonderful descriptive abilities transport the reader to the nameless mother's home, and open a window into the thought processes that governed her daily travails and simple pleasures. Buck's gift for storytelling is once again in evidence in "The Mother," and her elegant writing style evokes vivid imagery. All of the book's characters remain nameless throughout the novel - an effective convention used by the author to emphasize the fact that this story could be applied to any of millions of "faceless" Chinese peasant families. It also references the way peasant women may have felt about themselves - faceless servants at the will of their husbands, families, and circumstance. There is a subtle political message within the story as well - it isn't difficult to discern how Ms. Buck felt about Communists and the role of the peasant class in Chinese society.
"The Mother" is an excellent story - this quick read will leave a lasting impression on you.
Yes, the Mother has her faults - and you may not always sympathize with her decisions, such as when she decides to end a pregnancy- however, the way in which the writer delves into the mind and heart of her character, you can at least see WHY she makes her decisions, and this makes one less judgmental, more compassionate. It made me think of all the women in the world who have had to make the decisions the Mother had to make, about her life, her marriage, her children, her pregnancies, her family honor. You really do feel for this character: When, in the end, she rejoices, you rejoice with her. I definitely recommend this book!
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