Sunday, July 6, 2014
Pearl of China by Anchee Min
This novel tells the story of novelist Pearl S. Buck, author of “The Good Earth,” her life as a blonde outsider and missionaries’ daughter in China and her enduring friendship with a Chinese girl named Willow.
It’s an excellent tale of history and the power of a friendship that endured despite lengthy separations, the clash of cultures and religions, politics and rebellions, and marriage and the woes that go with it, that also shows the various influences that shaped and inspired Ms. Buck’s writing.
If you enjoy novels about literary figures from the past, or are interested in Chinese culture and history, I think you will enjoy this one.