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Gripping tale of the birth of China,
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This review is from: Dragon Seed (Oriental Novels of Pearl Buck) (Paperback)
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'.