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Death in the Castle

3.12  ·  Rating Details ·  171 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews
Sir Richard and Lady Mary need to sell the thousand year old castle which has been in the family for hundreds of years. Sir Richard has no heir to pass the castle on to, and if he doesn't sell the English government will turn it into a prison or a powerplant. John Blayne, an American, wishes to buy the castle, but he wants to take the castle apart piece by piece and bring ...more
Hardcover, 248 pages
Published December 1st 1988 by Amereon Limited (first published 1956)
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Orsolya
May 04, 2013 Orsolya rated it liked it
Having read a couple of Pearl S. Buck’s Chinese novels; I was drawn to “Death in the Castle” due to the novel taking place in England versus China. The question is: can Buck maintain a story in a setting outside of the “norm”?

“Death in the Castle” stands true to Buck style by jumping directly into the plot versus introducing characters. This ‘works’ because Sir Richard, Lady Mary, Kate, Wells, etc; are familiar and relatable without necessarily needing an introduction. At the same time, the char
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Margarida
Sep 22, 2015 Margarida rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bastante datado, mas uma leitura aprazível, narrado com um estilo cinematográfico e com personagens cativantes, embora previsíveis.
Uma história de amor, pelo local, pela História, e, claro, entre um americano e uma inglesa. Algumas expressões, divertidas e mordazes para a época em que foi escrito este romance (anos 1950), versam sobre a diferença entre os americanos e a velha aristocracia inglesa.
Çimen
Dec 31, 2015 Çimen rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
Review to come...
Ann Tracy
Sep 27, 2016 Ann Tracy rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: book club
Shelves: didn-t-finish
read this for my book club. i loved "the good earth" also by this author, but this one just didn't capture me. read about half of it and decided not to finish it.
Imas
Mar 30, 2011 Imas rated it liked it
Shelves: karya-perempuan
Buku ini aku temukan ditoko buku bekas Pasar Modern BSD, surprise jg ternyata Pearl S Buck punya novel seperti ini.Setelah membaca Good earth lgsg jatuh cinta dgn Pearl S.Buck.Timbul keinginan kuat untuk membaca karya2 beliau.Walaupun tdk sebagus Good Earth,novel berkisah tentang keturunan bangsawan Inggris Sir Richard isterinya Lady Mary. Mereka tinggal di kastil berusia ratusan tahun,tanpa anak ditemani kepala pelayan Wells dan cucunya Kate.Kate tinggal dikastil setelah kedua org tuanya ...more
R.
Jun 18, 2016 R. marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
"Every book tells two stories: one concerns the characters, the other the author, and how he happened to write such a book. Death in the Castle began some years ago in England. With Tad Danielewski, my partner in Stratton Productions, I visited a beautiful ancient castle. ...Since Danielewski is a stage and screen director, we immediately fell into a discussion of how (the) story was to be presented. He thought in film, I thought in novel. We decided upon a cooperative effort. I wrote the novel, ...more
Marcy
Jun 10, 2011 Marcy rated it did not like it
Shelves: book-club-picks
Book club choice. Slow moving so far, but I am hoping for the best.

Well, I never actually got to the Death that occurs in the castle. I had about 60 pages to go once I got to book club last night. An overall idea of "meh" was heard by most of the people in the group. I have heard compared to her other books, Death in the Castle, just doesn't suit up to Buck's potential.

I give this a sad 1 star rating. I really liked the discription of the castle, the characters were somewhat interesting in the
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Deanna Anderson
Jun 27, 2014 Deanna Anderson rated it liked it
Struggled to get through this book, started off pretty decent but then the writing style changed and became more confusing and really kind of idiotic. Read it just to get to the end to see if I was right on one of the "mysteries" involved but even that was still only alluded too. Readers never really get all the answers, was an unsatisfying answer...and a main character I liked ended up being crazy, which was not alluded to at all until just all of a sudden, and I did not care for that at all. ...more
John
Sep 30, 2015 John rated it did not like it
Shelves: own, fiction, mexico
so wish I could give this a minus something but goodreads only goes down to one star. so far every book I have read of hers which was published by her second husband, john day, has been terrible. This was an all time loser, so much so I tore it up when I finished it. I think she forgot how to write or lost interest in it when she moved back to the states. I still have five more of her books written in that time period to read and dread them. She still remains one of my all time favorite authors ...more
Sarah
May 31, 2011 Sarah rated it really liked it
I was a bit skeptical at first concerning this book. I love Pearl S Buck as an author – her book “The Good Earth” is one of my favorites. And this book is nothing like any of Buck’s other works. This one is set in England, not China. It’s somewhat suspensful, not an epic life story or a story of hardship. I love the characters. And Lady Mary is one of the most wonderful characters I’ve come across in a long time, although she isn’t really a primary person. After reading it, I feel like I could ...more
Lindsey Robert
Dec 15, 2014 Lindsey Robert rated it really liked it
It's a light read with an enjoyable tone. It isn't a very thought-provoking novel, having an abrupt ending and some cliché situations. However, I enjoyed the characters and their witty dialogues, and I liked the underlying suspense. I respect Buck's work, though this one isn't quite 5 star for me simply because, while being light and fun, it just doesn't have a lot of depth. I recommend this enjoyable read for vacation, de-stress moments, or times one just needs some fun.
Emily
Oct 17, 2008 Emily rated it it was ok
Um... a good quick read for maybe a flight or train ride. The story is pretty straight foreward though the tellin of it does not give away the ending. Some parts were pretty cliche, I was a little disappointed because I usually really like Pearl S. Buck's work. Not her best, but a nice light read.
Becky
Feb 25, 2011 Becky rated it really liked it
I thought it would be a ghost story and it was in its own way- past and present mingling to the detriment of those living in the castle. Ultimatey, a bit melancholy but nonetheless enjoyable. A nice surprise in a musty, dusty old book that I wanted to weed from the collection.
Cat
Dec 21, 2007 Cat rated it really liked it
Really great character development and lots of humor. Buck paints a great picture of the castle and it seems to be a character in itself. But though I really enjoyed it, I can't say that I thought it was all that suspenseful. Lots of good action near the end.
Jennifer
Jan 03, 2011 Jennifer rated it it was ok
Very well written (obviously, it's Pearl Buck), but I was not enthralled. Not exactly suspenseful, but a pleasant enough story, although I won't read it again.
Teresa
Aug 31, 2013 Teresa rated it liked it
Easy, interesting read. Forgot that I was reading a book written some time ago. Enjoyed the ghost story spin that had a surprise ending, not what I suspected. A short book read quickly.
Elizabeth
I foolishly believed this was a murder mystery when I first picked it up. Not so! Clever writing, though. It really drew me in to character's lives.
Jane Mettee
Aug 05, 2014 Jane Mettee rated it liked it
After reading several of Pearl Bucks "China novels" and the biographies of her parents, this was not as good in my opinion. A mystery that takes place in England.
Fonch
Nov 29, 2012 Fonch rated it did not like it
One of the worse novels, that i have ever read in my short life. Sorry for the fans of Pearl S. Buck.
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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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