نامه‌ای از پكن
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نامه‌ای از پكن

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Published 2007 (first published January 1st 1957)
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One of the best and unfortunately most forgotten of Ms. Buck's fantastic catalog. The story of one women torn across two countries by the love of one man and the forces of history. Nothing is more heart-breaking than a love thwarted by forces outside of human control. This book revels slowly the with finesse and exquisite detail the pain and longing of a love lost.
Find it. Read it.
Inspired by my recent trip to China, I read my first Pearl S. Buck book. This is a wonderful story about love, and family, and country. A married couple who are very much in love are torn apart by politics & duty when the husband, who is 1/2 Chinese, decides to stay in newly Communist China, while the wife, who is American, flees back to America with their son. She builds a new life in Vermont, dealing with loneliness, waiting for his letters...until the last one arrives. Their son grows up...more
In this gently written story in the manner that only Pearl Buck can write, a woman living in Vermont (where Pearl Buck had one of her homes) is dealing with the separation she must endure from her half-Chinese husband who is living in Peking, China. The separation is due to the Communist takeover. Pearl has said that this book “reaches deep into my own life...Elizabeth is not myself and yet she is myself in some aspects, in character if not in events.” (“For Spacious Skies:Journey in Dialogue”)...more
Neeraja S
The book's core doesn't stray much from Pearl Buck's much beloved theme - the east and west reaching out to love and accept each other. Elizabeth is an American ardently in love with her half-Chinese husband, Gerald. Her fervent love for Gerald made her a strong woman who was ready to rebel , leave her country and make a home in China. Following the Communist's upheaval within China, Elizabeth and her son are forced to leave Gerald and move to America. Gerald's patriotism and loyalty towards Chi...more
Chas Bayfield
I found this 1950's paperback among my Gran's things after she died and it looked so trashy that I read it for a laugh. As soon as I got into it though, I realised it was a bit special. I was wholly ignorant of the fact that Pearl S Buck is a literary superstar who won a Nobel prize! The book is evocative of China and focuses on a woman's relationship with her seventeen year old son and the father of her husband. The husband is forbidden to leave China and the son and grandfather are the only li...more
Connie N.
What was interesting to me is that this book was one of my favorites as a teenager, and I remembered it as very special. But this time when I read it, I was much less moved. I'm not sure if it's because the book seems so much more formal and old-fashioned than most or if I've gotten used to more action-packed books rather than thoughtful reflections. In any case, it was enjoyable and pleasant, but nothing more than that. I loved the references to Gerald's formal Chinese manners and precise belie...more
De elfde brief is bijna het einde. 'Mijn innig geliefde, het is beter voor ons als we niet aan de dag van weerzien denken. Het is beter als we ons leven leven zoals het komt, jij aan jouw zijde van de wereld, ik aan de mijne. Laat Rennie een Amerikaans burger worden. Help hem een eigen vaderland te vinden. Als hij mij vergeet, laat het dan zo zijn.'

Het is duidelijk wat er is gebeurd. De stad, die hij verkoos, is zijn cel geworden. hij is niet langer vrij. En ik ben niet vrij omdat ik van...more
This was a good one! A sad love story told by a woman whose husband chose to live in Peking rather than stay with her, interesting backstory for her husband's parents, and a somewhat satisfying conclusion, if not bittersweet. Allegra was a wonderful red herring, in my opinion, setting the stage for history repeating itself with racial tension and a mother's disapproval of her child's spouse only for Allegra to be the wrong girl and the narrator to be much happier with Rennie's second love. Her d...more
Jean Brandenburg
I really liked this book. I usually don't like sad books and this one was very sad. Very sad. It's about an American woman who married a 1/2 Chinese man, and went to live in Peking. They had a son and when Communism took over the husband sent wife and son to the US to be safe while he stayed in China. I won't give any more away. I can't imagine going through what the wife goes through. This also is in a 1957 Reader's Digest book, so it's a bit easier to understand the bigotry remembering that.
John Adieb
i read it in arabic ,, it's the first time to read a novel for pearl s buck but she was more than great in this book ,, all ways of love was in this book and the most adorable one was the story of elizabeth .. i loved thy way she discussed all of this ,, maybe she lived alone but i think that's the best for her full of love story ,, if i were her i would choose that :D
i will read all of her novels
Truc-vien Nguyen
I like this book. It is filled with love, patriotism, and responsibility. A love so deepfelt between two far-away countries and cultures. I've read it several times, each time it always gives such a very relieved feeling with its special writing style, very gentle but highly expressive.
Nov 10, 2009 Jodi rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Pearl S. Buck fans
I think Pearl S. Buck is one of my newest favorite authors. I have read a few of her books now and have enjoyed them all. This one didn't disappoint! However, this one is a little different because the setting is in Vermont with an American lady narrating the story. Her husband is half Chinese and they lived in China for awhile so there are a few flashbacks and mentions of Chinese customs, but not so much as her other books. Very sad book about an American wife who is separated from her husband...more
Lisa Jacobson
I loved this book. I'm not even sure if I can say why. It's so simply and yet deeply written and tells so much in relatively few short pages (a slim volume). I found the story incredibly romantic and mature, tying two lovely places - Peking and Vermont - together and impossibly entwined. It's a story of new love. And old love. And the love between a mother and son. And second loves. And...well, you see how it is.

*For my young single friends (and you know who you are ;)), I'd rate this as somewh...more
I'm between 4 and 5 stars on this one, but I have to say I loved it! Pearl Buck is such a great writer, and her interests in Asia and women and love and family fall right in line with my own. The main character is an intelligent, honest woman whose beloved husband stays in (1950) Communist China while she and their son move to the United States. Her relationships with her son, husband and husband's father, whom she takes into her home, are full of insights and wisdom. Thoughts on honor and love...more
I’m fairly certain I’ve mentioned before how Pearl S. Buck’s books strike me as one enormous poem. Not in the “really flower and I’m not sure what she’s saying sense” but in that every sentence describes exactly what she wishes it to in a beautiful way you’d never consider saying it yourself. Even though the plot of this novel didn’t pick me up and grab me and swing me around, it was delightful to read simply because of the tone and attitude of the words themselves.
Would recommend: Yes

Letter from Peking was a quick book-club read that I really loved. The Chinese context was interesting for me, and I liked how compact the narrative was. I'm looking into reading more Pearl S. Buck in the future.
Fanda Kutubuku
Tak usah diragukan, tulisan Pearl S. Buck memang selalu mempesona. Kali ini ceritanya simple, bukan epik seperti The Good Earth, tapi lebih romantis dan kental dengan nilai cinta sejati yang tak luntur oleh perbedaan ideologi.
An American-Chinese family separated by the Communist revolution in China struggles to overcome difficulties and prejudices a family of mixed blood must face.

(Working from a list of books I read years ago.)
It was one of those books that I couldn't decide if I liked or not, but it definitely made me think, and I could identify closely with the character, which in the end made it a book I would want to revisit.
Sreyashi Ray
One of those books that changed my life in their exclusive ways which can only be rendered personally. And the reason of calling it special supersedes its fictional quality. Love to this book.
It has been a long time wince I read The Good Earth,and I don't remember enjoying her writing at that time. Maybe because it was a 'must read'. This was interesting and very readable.
Allison Odom
I enjoyed this more than I expected. A straightforward story about a couple's relationship, but so well written and engrossing. I would definitely pick it up and read it again.
An amazing look into what communism did to families on both sides of the issue. Love, fidelity, and finally death. Riveting.
It's always good to read something written by Pearl S. Buck, with a mix of cultures and with great descriptions.
I read this years ago as well. I thought it was better the first time. I usually like the auther more.
aq menemukannya di toko buku loakan, alhamdulillah aq ga hidup di masa itu. tp knp tetep juga menderita ya?
This is so nicely written, I don't know whether to be angry at the main character or sad for her.
Another Pearl S. Buck book that I read while backpacking the Long Trail. Love her work.
American woman, married to half-Chinese man, is separated from him by Chinese communist take-over
Beautifully written, but beware! This is soooo sad! (Read it anyway, it's worth it)!
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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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