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A House Divided (House of Earth #3)

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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 agricult...more
ebook, 353 pages
Published August 21st 2012 by Open Road Media (first published 1935)
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Overall, a pretty satisfying end to an excellent series by Pearl Buck. Book III of the Good Earth trilogy focuses primarily on Yuan, with his cousins taking minor roles in this one. The themes of this book center around the new versus the old (since some of the book is set during the Chinese revolution) rich versus poor, and foreign versus national. Buck does a nice job of setting up these conflicts and asking the right questions about how to resolve them while depicting that there are no easy a...more
It was hard to stay focused. I had to finish it but I was bored by the time I got to the end.
Dibandingkan dua buku sebelumnya,The Goodearth dan Son, menurut saya lebih bagus yang sebelumnya.Jika diurut,sesuai dengan serial buku ini,paling bagus adalah yang no.1 menyusul 2 dan 3.Pada buku ke 3 ini lebih banyak bercerita tentang pergolakan batin Yuan, cucu Wang Lung,tokoh sentral dinasti Wang dari Wang Si Macan.Pergolakan yg sejalan dengan perubahan2 yg terjadi di China,dan perubahan diseluruh dunia. Perubahan politik dan kultur yang luarbiasa..Tetap menarik,tetap ingin menuntaskan buku i...more
Jan 24, 2012 Angie rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Angie by: Debbie
Shelves: fiction, china
I'm glad to see how The Good Earth trilogy played out, but A House Divided is nowhere near the book that The Good Earth is. It took me almost two months to read it. It had endearing moments, but did nothing to hold my attention. This book was very easy to put down and forget about for several days at a time. Not terrible, a good enough story, but not a "must read".

"For soon he knew her mind was as simple in its own way as his own country mother's mind, a kindly narrow mind which dwelt on a dish...more
Oct 19, 2010 Amalie rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys modern classic
Shelves: cultural-asia
This is the third book of The Good Earth trilogy. Since I could not find the second book 'Sons', I decided to read the 3rd book. I did enjoy this book very much, but may be not as much as The Good Earth.

Here we meet Wang Yuan (grandson of Wang Lung, the main character of the Good Earth) a young man who is bit lost between the old and new in China. The story is captivating in many respects because the author had addressed many aspects such as generational, cultural and gender divisions quite won...more
I read this book before I know there are 2 other books before it... at first I was a bit confuse because suddenly Yuan bump into his father and they were arguing... but after all this book is a really nice book, I can't stop myself read it till the end. somehow I know what Yuan feels, he was mad at his country, but he love it with all his heart. he lived in a hard time, when revolution started in China. he loves his father with his own way. well I guess all fathers just like that, love their chi...more
Miftahul Jannah
Membaca buku ini semula saya mengharapkan untuk mendapatkan gambaran secara utuh tentang trilogi ini.
Buku ketiga bercerita tentang Wang Yuan, putra Wang si Macan. Dan seolah memperjelas judulnya, buku ini jelas bercerita tentang kehancuran dan kebangkrutan keluarga Wang. Perubahan politik di China, perubahan structure masyarakat, dan lemahnya personality dari anak cucu keluarga Wang turut mempercepat kehancuran mereka.
Membaca buku ini memberikan rasa pedih dan kecewa karena banyak memceritakan...more
Rosemary Morris
A couple of days ago, I finished reading the novel, A House Divided by Pearl Buck, which was first published in 1935.

I found this literary novel, in which Pearl Buck tells the fictional story of Wang Yuan, son of Tiger, a Chinese war lord. difficult to read due to its style.

In childhood, Yuan feared his father whose sword was never far from his hand. At the age of nineteen Yuan joined the revolutionists, 'who were the enemies of all lords of war such as the Tiger was.' He returns home wearing...more
I liked this book much better than the second one, although you can understand this book better if you have read Sons. In this final part of the trilogy, the main character studies abroad, and faces all the problems that any ex-pat faces while abroad and then readjusting back home. Yuan's love-hate relationships with both his native country and the country of his sojourn are very convincing, and make a very eloquent answer to the critiques that some Chinese intellectuals made of The Good Earth...more
Jordan Stivers
Book #3 is a great wrap up to the Good Earth trilogy. I liked it much more than Book #2 because there's so much going on in this book. The main character Yuan is moving around a lot more, even going abroad. We get a real dose of Western attitudes in this book as well as more emphasis of the younger generation's desire for revolution. It was interesting to see the characters decide what a true revolution is and whether or not it's a good thing. Yuan experiences moments abroad where he wants to sw...more
Michael Toler
Not many who have read the "Good Earth Trilogy" are likely to agree with me, but this was my favorite book in the series that begins with the The Good Earth, followed by Sons. That is not to say it is the best or most important book in the trilogy, for that depends on what terms we are speaking. All three a page turners with compelling characters and plots. The Good Earth received the most acclaim, is by far the best seller, and is also the best known because it was adapted into a movie. It is a...more
Liz Valette
A House Divided is the third novel in the trilogy. In almost all Pearl's novels, there is the contrast of the East and the West. Then there comes the comparison of the different generations. The themes of the book are relevant today in that our culture, ideas, lifestyles, and the influence and relationships with our children, effect their lives and influence future choices.

This book mainly concentrates on the son of Wang the Tiger (and the grandson of the original Wang) but it does reveal a bit...more
Penutup dari trilogi keluarga Wang ini lebih menekankan pada kedalaman dan pergolakan habis-habisan yang terjadi pada sosok Wang Yuan, putra Wang si Macan yang dibangga-banggakan bapaknya. Namun Yuan lari dari rumahnya, lari dari pasukan revolusi ( komunis ?) yang menuntut pengorbanan bagi para pengikutnya, menuju ke rumah ibunya yang lain demi menuntut ilmu. Dari awal hingga akhir, Pearl S. Buck tidak jenuh-jenuhnya melukiskan dengan jelas pergolakan dan kebimbangan yang menimpa batin Yuan, ser...more
This is an enjoyable read that I was sad to see end. The wonder of the entire "House of Earth" series is the depth of character and setting that Buck intertwines throughout all three works. This is not a fast paced modern novel, but the reader that savors experiencing a different place and time through rich, maturing characters will find this final installment to be a worthy contribution to this award winning trilogy.

I also found myself a little disappointed that Buck doesn't penetrate to the Co...more
This third volume in Pearl Buck’s trilogy tells the coming-of-age story of Wang Yuan, the son of Wang the Tiger and the grandson of Wang Lung, the peasant farmer of “The Good Earth”. “Wang Yuan was nineteen years old when he came home from the south to quarrel with his father”. We see Yuan in his uniform as a revolutionist, an enemy of the war lords like his father was. Shortly after this, he goes to the city to live with his mother and his cousins, Sheng and Meng. Caught up more and more in re...more
Brigetta Barone
To me this trilogy is exquisite. The use of language is like nothing I have ever read before, almost as beautifully crafted as Beryl Markham's West With the Night. This third book is not as good as the first two, but I still gave it 5 stars for the clear sense of the passage of time that this multigenerational story conveys. While the first book, The Good Earth, is best, it's worth it to hear the tale to it's end. Beautiful, beautiful writing.
Catherine Weaver
As I read this Book, I could not forget the sacrifices Wang Lung and O-Lan made to provide the basis of the family fortune. Reading about the values and choices of the following generations touched me greatly. I couldn't help wondering what they would have thought. Their money changed the family's life options, providing many opportunities, choices and conflicts that would not have been present in a subsistence-living peasant family.
China and the world changed too. Much of the book deals with t...more
Technically a 3.5 star review, as I liked it more than Sons. (Or at the least, I liked Yuan more than his father.)

Similar to some of the other reviews, I did not like how the book ended feeling "unresolved" - or, right when it felt like Yuan's life was getting good. It's also atypical of Buck that she ended the book when Yuan was still youngish - all of Buck's other books end when the protagonist is old and close to the end of his life.

As always, I continue to be amazed at Buck's insight into a...more
This book was a strange one for me. I liked it a lot at first, but then it just stalled for me and got really boring. Yuan was so confused all the time and it seemed that the bulk of the book was about him kinda sorta hating one or another group of people, but not really hating them because he was a gentle soul....over and over. I thought the revolution stuff was interesting, but don't know enough about Chinese history to really understand what was happending in a historical context. I thought i...more
It's been since sophomore English that I have read anything by Pearl Buck (then it was The Good Earth). On a whim, I decided to read the 3rd book in the trilogy, A House Divided.

I liked the story of Wang Yuan and his conflict between the old and new in China during a period of revolution. I especially enjoyed the period that he spends in America. It was insightful as to what it must be like to be a "foreigner" in a culture completly different from your own.

Pearl Buck's writing style is simple, b...more
Delicious Strawberry
This book mainly concentrates on the son of Wang the Tiger (and the grandson of the original Wang) but it does reveal a bit here and there of the three sons of Wang. Wang the Landlord and Wang the Merchant come across as spoiled even though they grew up on the farm and didn't get really rich until their adulthood. In this book, the Revolution is in full swing and it was interesting to see Wang's grandson deal with life in America. You can't help but feel sorry for poor Wang the Tiger after all h...more
Barbara P
Well, I finished reading the third volume in the Good Earth Trilogy and continue it celebrate the author's insights, building characters identity and interweaving the three/four generations of one family. There was much to follow but completely worth the reading time. The books, and this one in particular, highlighted the political issues in China that surfaced, went underground and then resurfaced again. Youth who joined the revolutions took up causes that their grandparents fought for. Along w...more
Tony Smith
Great start to a trilogy with The Good Earth, but it truly went downhill from there. By book 3 I was just trudging through it to finish what I started. Very meh conclusion.
I did not enjoy this book as much as The Good Earth. This is the story of Wang Yuan (grandson of Wang Lung, the main character of the Good Earth). The book was compelling in many respects. The author touched on many themes of generational, cultural and gender divisions quite eloquently and insightfully. However I felt that much of it was never fully followed through with. Many of the interests, loves and compassions of Yaun throughout the book I felt were left unresolved at the end of the book....more
Well, if you read the second book of this trilogy, you need to read the third: this book. The second one ends abruptly and this book answers your questions. It's an interesting book about coming of age and accepting new things while still trying to hold onto the good of the old. However, I didn't like how indecisive the main character is and I don't like how they reject Christianity and all sorts of religion as "outdated" and only for old and "simple" people. Also, they don't give you enough Chi...more
I thought I would like this more.
This book brings closure to the "House of Earth" trilogy, especially for the events in "Sons." It was interesting to see the old ways transform into modern times throughout the series. I liked Wang Lung and Wang the Tiger; however, I never warmed much up to Wang Yuan as I found him to be a little too angsty. Therefore, my preference for the books is in the order they were written: "The Good Earth" was great, "Sons" pretty good, and "A House Divided just okay. It's definitely worth reading all th...more
Book No. 2 of the Good Earth.
Oct 08, 2008 Helen rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adults
Recommended to Helen by: Web
I read this to complete the Pearl S. Buck Good Earth Trilogy...honestly the first one (The Good Earth) was the best, I liked the last two but they weren't as engrossing and took me a long time to read. They were good but in comparison with the first I just couldn't bring myself to rate them as highly. This story in particular drove me crazy....the main characters had so many issues with women that there really was no explanation for....I don't know if I'll ever read it again, I'll definitely rea...more
Great trilogy. My mom, always the bargin hunter, found the trilogy and 3 other books by Pearl S. Buck all bound in red pleather and stamped in gold at the Girl Scouts garage sale where my lovely sister was working to raise money for her troop. I didn't like girl scouts, I only lasted a year. I just liked eating the cookies.
I had just finished reading The Good Earth for freshman Honors English with Mr. Muller. He was a great teacher, albeit quite strict, and I was sad when he passed away.
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Pearl Sydenstricker 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 t...more
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