on 4 September 2009
I have read all of Pearl Bucks books now and I will read them all again. I lived in China for a couple of years and could not understand why they did some of the things that they did - then I started to read Pearl Buck's books and a light switch came on. Pearl Buck grew up in China and this really comes through in the stories she tells - she has a great understanding of Chinese culture - but she focuses on the women and she does it well. This particular book is about Madame Liang whose husband takes on a Concubine. She decides to pursue her own life. The story is about the challenges faced by her and her 3 daughters as modern, intelligent and enterprising women during the Cultural Revolution. It is gentle and enlightening!
on 26 October 2010
This is one of the books on 'Old China' written by Pearl S. Buck. Having read the 'Good Earth' trilogy I became hooked on these books, which put you right in the heart of the struggles of the ordinary Chinese people. I like the form in which they are written, as though spoken with a Chinese accent I hope to read all her books they are so good. I wish I'd known about them years ago.