Kinfolk: A Novel of China
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Kinfolk: A Novel of China

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A tale of four Chinese-American siblings in New York, and their bewildering return to their roots

In Kinfolk, a sharp dissection of the expatriate experience, Pearl S. Buck unfurls the story of a Chinese family living in New York. Dr. Liang is a comfortably well-off professor of Confucian philosophy, who spreads the notion of a pure and unchanging homeland. Under his influe...more
ebook, 379 pages
Published August 21st 2012 by Open Road Media (first published 1949)
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Excellent book set in a particular place and time, China in the mid-1940s. The war with Japan seems to have ended and the struggle between the KMT (Nationalist) remnants and communists is ongoing, but largely in the background. Much of China remains peasantry.

The story centers on one extended family and the trials and travails of four of that family who return to China while it is effectively disintegrating. It was a bit of a slow read for me in part because I wanted to savor it and in part bec...more
This is my favorite book by Pearl Buck so far. It is the story of an ex-patriot Chinese family before World War II. The parents left China with two young children. The children return to their ancestral village when they are grown. Pearl Buck understands both cultures so well and the vagaries and conflict when the two meet and co-mingle. Each character is beautifully and fully drawn in all their complexities. I highly recommend this book.
This book is beautifully written, with the occasional Chinese wisdoms thrown in. One of my favorites is about a woman who is not a good woman "and it came to him she was not evil but weak. When all went well with her, she could be good, but the soil in her heart was shallow, and goodness was a plant that must have deep roots with which to live." The story is about a Chinese family living in New York City: The father is a scholar; Mrs. Liang is a simple woman and his wife by an arranged marriage;...more
Pearl Buck is a classic writer and it is easy to see why. Pearl Buck grew up in China during her formative years with missionary parents. She knows the hearts of the Chinese people, both the upper class landowners and the peasants.

In the Liang family there is a description of the "roles" in society for men and women in the parents, and the four children who grew up in New York, James, Louise, Mary, and Peter.

Louise: Louise seemed to have no life except as she drew it from others. No one noticed...more
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JAMES LIANG - seorang dokter bedah muda yang brilian - memutuskan meninggalkan kehidupannya yang mewah di Amerika dan kembali ke Cina untuk membaktikan diri dan mencari akar dirinya di desa leluhurnya. Namun sesampainya disana, James menyadari bahwa penduduk desa takut padanya dan cara-caranya yang asing, dan tak terjemb...more
One of my favorite books is Pearl S. Buck's, The Good Earth. This was equally as good. A story about a Chinese family, Liang, living in NYC. The two oldest children long to return to China, which they feel is really where there roots belong. Their father, a well known scholar and speaker, has no interest to return due to the fame and comforts found in America, plus the threat of Communism spreading in China. The two youngest children, born in the United States, have no interest in their family's...more
This one was a bit different in that she portrayed the coming of modern times and people to ancient China, and what happens when a homeland is romanticized without presenting the reality of it's condition.

The story is about a Chinese family with 4 children, two born in China and the others after moving to the US. It addresses the conflicts of the old and new in oriental culture, and the desire for change and frustration in dealing with traditions that do have some value.

It made me wish a bit f...more
Jan 02, 2008 Gaye marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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This story covers the coming-of-age of four American-raised Chinese young people in the early 1900's. James, a talented young surgeon, decides to devote his life to serving the poor in China, and his siblings follow him. His teacher-sister Mary is equally devoted, but their younger brother Peter is disillusioned by the China he sees & listens sympathetically to the growing communist party. The youngest sister, Louise, has become very westernized & can imagine no home for herself but Amer...more
Pearl S. Buck is just so readable. How I wish she were alive today. This family saga will not disappoint.
A great historical novel portraying a long cast of characters with scenes alternating between New York & China (& a glimpse of London) Loved the mother, Mrs Laing. Couldn't put it down!
Oliver Hazan
Incomparable. The three youngest children of a New York Chinese scholar go back to the old country to meet their older brother, with various but captivating results. A deceptively simple tale, magnificently proportioned.
Linda Jacobs
I think I read this a really long time ago. Now that I'm an adult and more knowledgeable about Chinese history and human relationships I can value the strength in the writing.
Aug 17, 2010 Peter rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Peter by: No recommedation needed
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Such skill in her writing you sure want to read more of her books. From the start to the end you will never want to stop reading such skillfull narrative.
Lorene Halsey
Every book that Pearl S. Buck wrote is special to me. I have read most of them - am always searching for others she wrote that I might have missed
A little repetative at times but I always enjoy reading about the orient in the 1940's
Aug 30, 2010 Christina marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Hilde recommended: "Redemptive- my favorite Pearl Buck novel"
An eloquent early American examination of Asian-American life.
Good, not her best, but engaging as all her novels are.
Loved it - what a storyteller! I can't get enough PSB!
Leyla Shuri
Family values of Chinese before the revolutions.
Great book. Highly recommend
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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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