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Wang si Macan (House of Earth #2)

3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  3,198 Ratings  ·  224 Reviews
Cover Illustration: Satya Utama Jadi

Wang si Macan makin berkuasa. Dengan penuh nafsu dan didorong oleh ambisinya yang besar, dia memperluas daerah kekuasaannya, demi cita-citanya untuk menjadi Kaisar Cina. Dengan sopan, dengan akal, dan kalau perlu dengan membunuh siapa pun yang menghalanginya.

Tapi kekuasaan, harta berlimpah, serta ribuan serdadu dan rakyat yang taat padan
Paperback, 608 pages
Published 2008 by PT Gramedia Pustaka Utama (first published June 1932)
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Liz Valette
Feb 26, 2012 Liz Valette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck I decided to read the second book in the trilogy, Sons. It's a romantic and adventurous novel that gives a better glimpse into Chinese culture and traditions.

After Wang Lung's death his sons reunite and plan their future with his estate. The youngest son, Wang the Tiger, returns from his long journey with an army from the south. As they all secretly plan in their minds what they will do with their money and land Wang the Tiger has no plan for lands
It's funny how a book grows in your mind long after you've read it. Pearl Buck's "The Good Earth" was that kind of experience for me. At the time I first read it, I had no idea it was part of a trilogy, much less a Pulitzer Prize winning trilogy. And when I found out, I hurried off to find the next installment, "Sons", Book 2 in the House of Earth series. Did I really only give "The Good Earth" 3 stars? I upped to to four.

This book, like the initial installment, is working on many different leve
Nabila Tabassum Chowdhury
গুড আরথের পরবরতী বই সানস। সেই যে ওয়াং লাং, যে পানিও মেপে বযবহার করা মত গরীব চাষি ছিল, ভাগয এবং পরিশরমের জোরে পরচুর জমি এবং ধন-সমপদের মালিক হয়েছিল, সেই ওয়াং লাং কে বৃদধ অবসথায় রেখে শেষ হয়েছিল গুড আরথ। যে মাটি ফসল ফলায়, যে মাটি মনের রোগ সাড়ায় সেই মাটি নিয়ে গলপ ছিল গুড আরথের। মাটির গলপ আর মাটিকে ভালবাসা মাটির মানুষ ওয়াং-লাং এর গলপ। গুড আরথের পুরোটা জুড়ে ছিল মাটির গনধ। কিনতু ‘সানস’ মাটির গলপ নয়। এ গলপ ওয়াং লাং এর ছেলেদের। এ গলপে মাটির গনধ নেই। আছে বারুদের গনধ, আছে রকতের গনধ, আর আছে বসতায় বসতায় রূপোর ...more
Victor Carson
This is a sequel to Pearl Buck's most famous book, The Good Earth, following the lives of Wang Lung's three sons for about 30 to 40 years, after the father's death. None of the sons wants to work the land that their father prized so highly, and all are eager to sell some or all of that land, in spite of their promises. The eldest son loves a life of complete idleness and luxury and raises his own sons in that same lifestyle. The second son is a hard-working but fairly greedy merchant, who want m ...more
Nancy Rossman
May 19, 2012 Nancy Rossman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
wow. This writing is luminous. I felt the same heartstrings, the complexity of family dynamics and character development. Then I worried. "How the hell is Pearl going to pull this together for an ending. Surely it will be a let down."

Pearl had talent galore. And quite the attention to detail to not disappoint all of us whom have loved THE GOOD EARTH. She did not write her way into a corner or take the easy road out. Another, WOW, powerful ending...and in her style...right through to the last wo
Jun 28, 2016 Kateryna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second volume in "The Good Earth" trilogy continues the story of Wang Lung and his three sons. Following the story to the next generation, it is less compelling than the story of the patriarch, the lives of the sons are not so interesting, as that of the father. This book didn't have the same eye-opening effect on me that the first one did. However, it's still a great book with good writing, and offers beautiful view of ancient Chinese culture. I look forward to reading the last book in the ...more
Sep 17, 2015 Edith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At the time I read "The Good Earth" I didn't realize that it was the first of a trilogy, or I would have read this book sooner. These books are a story of generations; they show how each generation reacts to the one before it and charts its own path. It is also the story of China’s history from the late 1800s to the 1900s.

At the end of "The Good Earth" the aged and soon-to-die Wang Lung overhears his grown sons murmuring about selling the land he has spent a lifetime acquiring. These young sons
I am so torn by this book, it started out wonderful and very interesting until Wang the Tiger took over and all his war-lord exploits. A big yawn for me, let me tell you I started out listening to the audio version and I switched over to the Kindle version, it helped but my interest level waned. I enjoyed several parts of the book, little tiny snippets of human interaction that kept me going. It was the last section perhaps 10% that totally pulled my attention back into its proper place. It conf ...more
Lee Margaret
Oct 28, 2013 Lee Margaret rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the sequel to "The Good Earth." It's not as good as the first book but I still found this a good and interesting read. Pearl Buck's writing is pretty easy to read but parents need to be aware of content material for younger readers just like the first book. Overall it's a complex story and shows how life changes from generation to generations but consequences from decisions made in the past don't stop and fade away. Consequences continue to affect the surviving families of the dead fathe ...more
Miftahul Jannah
Dec 06, 2009 Miftahul Jannah rated it really liked it
Buku kedua Trilogi ini, seperti judulnya, mengisahkan tentang anak-anak Wang Lung. Wang Lung yang akhirnya tutup usia, meninggalkan anak-anak dan gundiknya, serta kembalinya si nomor tiga, Wang Si Macan, bersama pasukannya.
Pada akhirnya buku ini lebih banyak fokus pada sepak terjang si nomor tiga yang sangat berambisi untuk memimpin pasukan. Menggunakan modal yang sangat besar dari harta warisannya, dia membentuk sebuah pasukan perang dan menaklukkan daerah-daerah sekitarnya.
Buku ini banyak meng
May 08, 2010 Imas rated it really liked it
Shelves: karya-perempuan
Buku kedua Trilogi karya Pearl S Buck. Buku pertama trilogi ini The Good Earth membuat aku jatuh cinta dan memburu-buru buku eyang Pearl. Cukup susah buat mencari kelanjutannya maupun mencari karya beliau, apalagi waktu itu masih tinggal di Papua.

Sesuai judulnya, buku kedua ini lebih banyak bercerita tentang anak-anak Wang Lung setelah tutup usia, meninggalkan anak-anak dan gundiknya, serta kembalinya si nomor tiga, Wang Si Macan, bersama pasukannya. Wang menjadi fokus utama, sepak terjang si n
May 20, 2011 Adam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This felt like a natural continuation of The Good Earth. The writing was very similar and it was about characters that were at least mentioned in the first book. I found it a little disjointed how in the beginning of the book it was all about Wang the Landlord and Wang the Merchant but suddenly became all about Wang the Tiger. It's really his book and most of the book is about him pining for a son, or being disappointed in a son, or jealous of his son thus the title I guess. It is also about how ...more
Feb 07, 2009 Baldwin_tina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(688 pgs.) The continuing story of Wang Lung's sons and their families. The second in a trilogy that starts with The Good Earth. It continues the story of Wang Lung's sons (Wang the Landlord, Wang the Merchant, and Wang the Tiger, a warlord). It is well-written but I enjoyed The Good Earth better. I thought I had read this book years ago but realized a little way into the book that I had never read it. I enjoyed it very much. One thing that was very annoying about this book were the constant typ ...more
Aug 11, 2016 Jenny rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This second in Pearl Buck's "The Good Earth" trilogy was not nearly as captivating as the first. The story centered around Wang the Tiger, an angry, fierce warlord. His complicated character did keep me interested and rapidly reading, but I hoped he would have ended up with a little more redeeming of a character than he did.

I enjoy Buck's illustrations of her characters but sometimes they seem too much that way... characters instead of people: the fat, lazy landlord, the tight-fisted merchant, t
Feisty Harriet
Mar 16, 2015 Feisty Harriet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: china, classics
The second of "The Good Earth" trilogy, I loved this book more than it's Pulitzer-winning predecessor. Where "The Good Earth" follows the farmer Wang Lung as he aquires more and more land and becomes a wealthy man, "Sons" follows the story of his three sons, Wang the Landlord/the eldest, Wang the Merchant/the second son, and--my favorite--Wang the Tiger, a soldier who aspires to become a war lord over the lands of the north. These three Wang's have children of their own and struggles and triumph ...more
Kelsey Hanson
Actual Rating: 3.5

After reading so many childhood favorites I needed something a bit more intellectual. Sons expands on the themes laid out in the first novel, The Good Earth, especially the connections between the family and the land that sustains them. This sequel brings a full circle to the family as Wang Lung's privileged sons continue to expand their families and chase their ambitious dreams only to return to the land that sustained them in the beginning. The series progression in time is i
Jun 12, 2009 Roni rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved The Good Earth, so I was looking forward to finding out what happened next. Sons got off to a slow start with way too much information about the funeral of Wang Lung. When I really got to know the sons, they were each one-dimensional: the lazy landlord, the miser and the warrior. They were not too complicated. I gave the book three stars, though, because I liked following the story. And I smiled at the ending.
Feb 07, 2016 Oodles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second of the Good Earth trilogy, the family of Wang Lung live on. Would he have been proud of them? I suspect not. The eldest, a greedy landlord; the second, a miserly merchant; and the third a war lord, the Tiger. Oddly it is this youngest son who seemed to have the most morals and Wang Lung's farmer's blood runs through that of the Tiger's son. Excellent book!
Feb 25, 2015 Ebehi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I enjoyed reading about Wang the Soldier's exploits, this book was missing some of the wonderful character evolution and complexity from the first book. The only developed character is Wang the Third. The other two brothers are reduced to cardboard one-dimensional characters. However, the book still retains the wonderfully simple and straightforward tone used in the first book.
May 10, 2010 Misty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think I actually like this book a little more than the "The Good Earth." This is the second one in the trilogy and covers the lives of the 3 sons of Wang Lung. However, it mainly focuses on the youngest son who winds up being called Wang the Tiger. There was alot of food for thought passages that I really liked. I look forward to the 3rd and final one.
Marc Rocket
I had very high hoped because I enjoyed The Good Earth. Sons continued the story but it just sort of plodded along. It was hard to develop empathy for the characters and in parts it was predictable.
The story was good, just to to the standard see already set with the previous book. Not sure if or when I'll read the third book.
Jan 02, 2009 Jenny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Second book in The Good Earth Triolgy. Picked up right where the last scene of the Good Earth left off... with his sons promising to their father to take care of the land. Great story of the sons lives and the different direction each takes in live. Could not put this book down.
May 22, 2013 Dreia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really like a good earth but I couldn't finish this book. There wasn't much happening with any if the story lines
Ahmad Sharabiani
Sons (House of Earth #2), Pearl S. Buck
Sabrina Zee
Dec 14, 2014 Sabrina Zee rated it it was amazing
Buku lama ini saya temukan di lemari buku Mama saya. Kebetulan saya suka sama buku pertamanya yang berjudul "Bumi yang Subur" (The Good Earth), jadi saya pun memutuskan untuk membaca lanjutannya.

Di buku pertama, Wang Lung si petani sudah menjadi orang kaya dan dihormati. Di buku kedua ini, cerita dimulai dengan kematian Wang Lung dan pembagian warisan. Tanah-tanah miliknya dibagi tiga kepada anak laki-lakinya: Wang si Tuan Tanah, Wang si Saudagar, dan si bungsu Wang si Macan. Dua selir Wang Lun
Sep 14, 2011 nat rated it really liked it
Sepertinya aku perlu memakai konsep ini, untuk membuat review di saat aku merasa ingin membuatnya, mungkin tak perlu menundanya hingga kuselesaikan. Toh, tak ada yang melarang review bertahap kan ? :D

Ini terbukti dari buku satu ini, saat tinggal kurang dari 20 halaman lagi buku ini kuselesaikan, aku sangat ingin menulis reviewnya, eh, setelah selesai malah niat itu tak kunjung bersambut. Ada saja rasa malas yang menundanya. 'Feel'-nya sudah mulai hilang.

Buku ini sebenarnya berjudul Sons, yang me
Kylie Purdie
My book group read the first in this trilogy last year and so decided it was time to read the second. Despite the fact I'm unlikely to make the meeting this month, I've still read the book and am so glad I did.
Buck has a very distinctive way of writing. It is more like having a story told to you orally than reading it. The style and the flow are very much in the oral tradition line.
Picking up where The Good Earth left off, Sons follows the fortunes of Wang Lung's three sons - Wang the Landlord,
Didn't like this one as much as the first book. Started out not liking any of the sons at all; came to understand them more as their characters developed/aged. Ended up liking Third Son/Tiger the most.
Laurie sharp
too much battle/army stuff
Mary Lee
Nov 23, 2016 Mary Lee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished
Much tougher read than The Good Earth.
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Pearl Sydenstricker Buck 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 St ...more
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“Now it has been said from ancient times that all women who weep may be divided into three sorts. There are those who lift up their voices and their tears flow and this may be called crying; there are those who utter loud lamentations but whose tears do not flow and this may be called howling; there are those whose tears flow but who utter no sound and this may be called weeping.” 1 likes
“When there were none but these two left in the hall, Wang the Tiger leaned forward out of his carven seat and he said in a hard, hoarse voice, "Woman, you are free. Choose where you will go and I will send someone to take you there."

And she answered simply, with all the boldness gone out of her, except that she could look at him in the eyes while she said it, "I have chosen already. I am your bondswoman.”
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