Dragon Seed: The Story of China at War (Google eBook)

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Open Road Media, Aug 21, 2012 - Fiction - 358 pages
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A Nobel laureate’s gripping historical novel about the Japanese invasion of Nanking
Farmer Liang Tan knows only a quiet, traditional life in his remote Chinese farming community. When news filters in that Japanese forces are invading the country, he and his fellow villagers believe that if they behave decently to the Japanese soldiers, the civilians might remain undisturbed. They’re in for a shock, as the attackers lay waste to the country and install a puppet government designed to systematically carry out Japanese interests. In response, the Chinese farmers and their families form a resistance—which not only carries grave risk, but also breaks their vow of nonviolence, leading them to wonder if they’re any different than their enemy. Later adapted into a film featuring Katharine Hepburn, Dragon Seed is a brilliant and unflinching look at the horrors of war. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Pearl S. Buck including rare images from the author’s estate.
  

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User Review  - Joe - Goodreads

Very well presented view of the Japanese occupation of China as viewed through the eyes of a Chinese peasant farming community. The insights into the emotional and philosophical perspectives of the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Erin - Goodreads

I don't know why I never read Pearl Buck, but alas I have not. It's not the writing that was amazing, necessarily, but the story that carried this along. Given how often the headlines between Japan ... Read full review

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Pearl S. Buck (1892–1973) was a bestselling and Nobel Prize–winning author. Her classic novel The Good Earth (1931) was awarded a Pulitzer Prize and William Dean Howells Medal. Born in Hillsboro, West Virginia, Buck was the daughter of missionaries and spent much of the first half of her life in China, where many of her books are set. In 1934, civil unrest in China forced Buck back to the United States. Throughout her life she worked in support of civil and women’s rights, and established Welcome House, the first international, interracial adoption agency. In addition to her highly acclaimed novels, Buck wrote two memoirs and biographies of both of her parents. For her body of work, Buck received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1938, the first American woman to have done so. She died in Vermont. 

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