A House Divided

The House of Earth Trilogy, Book 3
Narrated by: Adam Verner
Series: The Good Earth Trilogy, Book 3
Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (164 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The conclusion to Buck's celebrated Good Earth trilogy: the story of a man's return to a homeland embroiled in revolution.

On the eve of a popular rebellion, the Chinese government starts to crack down in cities across the country. Fleeing the turmoil, Wang Yuan, the son of a famous general and grandson of the patriarch of The Good Earth, leaves for America to study agriculture. When he returns to China six years later, he encounters a nation still in the grip of violent uprisings. Unprepared for the social upheaval, Wang is torn by the tensions between old traditions and new ways and by his formidable family, whose struggles he hopes to solve.

A reflective finale to Buck's groundbreaking and best-selling trilogy, A House Divided is a rich and unforgettable portrait of a family - and a nation - in transition.

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A perfect ending

A House Divided tells a more personal story than its predecessors, yet still expands the scope of the story. It continues the beautifully minimalist style of writing, and brings a perfect, satisfying end to the trilogy.

The narration by Verner is delightful and brings the story and characters to life.

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the son the power

great story that follows generation in China. The role and duty towards a parent is clearly highlighted and the reason for wanting a son is clearly visible good and bad.

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A coming of age story

This story felt a little bland, but that might have been partly due to the narrator, who I also didn't enjoy for the recording of Sons. The parts of the story I did like: the internal conflict within the sweet, niave main character (Yuen) as he grew up from older teenager to young adult paralleled with the conflict of China going through the rebellion years. Yuen feeling like an angsty outsider, no matter where he is, until he starts to finally mature at the end and we the author hints at him finding himself and some much needed friendship.

Ms. Buck's books continue to intrigued me with everything that she doesn't document... because how can anyone simply summarize China's history into three short novels. I look forward to learning more about what inspired these novels.

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So slow til the very end

why???? why did P.S.B. leave the book hanging???? it was just getting good...
So so sad it only got good at the end

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It was everything I hoped it would be

The entire series was absolutely amazing. I believe everyone should read these books, they changed my outlook on the world. Beautiful stories, so full of humanity.

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China mystery, understood

This trilogy is one of the surest way of understanding Chinese culture from within. Understanding here is both cognitive and emotional. History books alone can not give as deep a portrait of pre Mao China or a deeper impression. Simple and poetic in its minimalism and beauty. I do feel more able to know China from within than anytime in the past. A great reading.

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Loved it! 5 Star

Loved it. She has such a great writing style. 5 Star. I have read the entire trilogy and loved them all.