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A good book. Not as good as The Good Earth, but worth your credit. The writing is just as flawless, but instead of a rag to riches story we have a bunch of unhappy rich people. Since the characters are not as easy to love, the book is not as good as the first. If you have not read The Good Earth, read that first.
Nepotism is studied in detail and of course the results are not good. There are some good lessons for parents about raising children and trying to steer their lives in certain directions. Matter of fact the book ends with a surprise for a father about his son. This leads you to want to read the third book, which I hope to do some day.
Years ago I used to play a game called, Romance of the Three Kingdoms and this book, made me want to go back to that game. It seems one of the sons may even be in the game, I am not sure. The book Romance of the Three Kingdoms is mentioned in this book.
The Good Earth was the best selling book in 1932 and 1933 and won a Pulitzer. This book can not compete with that, but it is a great historical fiction.
I am an avid eclectic reader.
This is book two of the "Good Earth" trilogy it was copyrighted in 1932, the trilogy won the Pulitzer prize. The Good Earth won the Nobel Prize for Literature. Peal S. Buck was the first American woman to win the Nobel Prize for literature. The "Sons" picks up the story from the end of the "Good Earth" at the death of Wang Lung and follows the lives of the three sons. The book lacks the passion that Wang Lung had for the land that drove the "Good Earth."
These sons grew up rich and lived a rich spoiled life each a bit different, the educated son is Wang the Landlord, the money maker is Wang the Merchant and Wang the Tiger is the war lord. The story is about the son's rising against their father and the bitter struggles to the death between the old and the new China. Buck brought many real life situation into a story of a old and foreign culture to us. She writes of love, suicide, loneliness, greed and the drive for power. She demonstrated the role of women in the old China. It is a story of love, tragedy and war. Anthony Heald did a good job narrating the story. Buck is a master story teller.
This second book was very draw out and to me was too much details about the power struggle in war and the brothers and class differences. I was expecting something more from the story of the whole family's struggle with the fathers influence of being a land owner and farmer with strong family values. It was a disappointment.
No. I am listening to the whole trilogy, and as much as I like it I want to move on to something else.
I'm not crazy about his narrative, but that may be because the first book- The Good Earth's - narration by Anthony Herold was sooo much better!
I loved "The Good Earth" and this book is the 2nd generation of those characters.
Pearl Buck's writing is suburb. I loved finding out what happened to the characters especially Pear Blossom.
The narrator was great but I do not think it was better than just reading the book for yourself. I just enjoy listening to books as I am driving around for my job.
Pear Blossom and "the Poor Fool"
I think that although this book is not as good as "the Good Earth" , it is worth the credit.
This audiorecording was great. It was not quite as good as the first book but it is well worth the purchase . I would highly recommend it.
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Sons, by Pearl S. Buck, is the second in her series of allegorical tales of Pre-WWII accounts of China. The other books in the trilogy are "The Good Earth" and "A House Divided." This book tells how the children (and wives) of Wang Lung a Chinese farmer in old agrarian China, fared after they took over his heritage and fortunes which Wang accumulated in his lifetime. Lung may have acquired his affluence through fortuitous circumstances but the sons (and other heirs) are demonstrations of gross frailties of beings; and we are left to consider whether they are worthy of their opportunity. Whereas The Good Earth, examined the same societal morals, it concerned itself with Lung’s life and how his wealth came into being. This novel is centered on his son’s and their relationships to their sons.
The epitome of the teaching is how societal ethics can blind us as to of what is truly occurring in our relation with others. It is worth mentioning the same ignorance portrayed between fathers and sons was also found between husbands and wives.
One needs to ask, are we really as ignorant of others as Pearl S. Buck instructs. Do we really only hear what we want to hear?
I enjoyed Pear Buck's first book, "The Good Earth" and Anthony Heald's excellent narration so much that I couldn't wait to get right to the second book. I wish I would have noticed that Anthony did not narrate the second book. Adam Verner would make an excellent GPS turn-by-turn voice guidance narrator about five or ten years ago. Very matter of fact, robotic, and completely strips the life out of the rich characters that Pearl Buck created in the first book. It got a wee bit better towards the end, and I enjoyed the book overall, but I'll be avoiding any book narrated by Adam in future, for sure.
I would definitely read this book again because it shows the rise and fall of family lines both financially and in relationships in a very frank and detailed manner. The family dynamic is very interesting and the lessons in Buck's books can be applied to one's life over and over.
You have to compare it to The Good Earth because that is its predecessor. The first book is a little more likeable with more sympathetic characters, but this one is just as engaging.
The characters are a compliment. to the Book the Good Earth. I have enjoyed each of these books many times. Along with the nwxt book A House Divided
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