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Preview — The Big Wave by Pearl S. Buck
The Big Wave
Kino lives on a farm on the side of a mountain in Japan. His friend, Jiya, lives in a fishing village below. Everyone, including Kino and Jiya, has heard of the big wave. No one suspects it will wipe out the whole village and Jiya's family, too. As Jiya struggles to overcome his sorrow, he understands it is in the presence of danger that one learns to be brave, and to appr...more
The story is simple, but heavy with meaning. Kino's father is oft ...more
استمتعت بكل كلمة في الرواية.. بكل تشبيه.. بكل عبارة يقولها الأبطال..
تعاطفت مع ضحايا البركان.. و حزنت لموت عائلة البطل.. و فرحت بقاربه الجديد..
منذ فترة طويلة جدا لم أشعر بالأحداث حية بهذا الشكل... كأن شخوص القصة تتمثل أمامي من لحم و دم!
أما عن الفلسفة العميقة فحدث ولا حرج!
أنت لا تحتاج إلى عبارات طويلة ولا إلى كلمات معقدة ولا إلى تشبيهات مختلفة لتضفي عمقا على كتاباتك.. أنت فقط تحتاج إلى بشر عاديين يواجهون مصاعب الح ...more
What a little treasure hiding in my library shelves! AT 57 pages one might not think there could be too much to it, only it's written by Pearl Buck, so of course she can pack everything she wanted to about the subject into such a tiny book.
I know next to nothing about the Japanese culture, but I felt captivated by the people in this book and their outlook on life.
I think this will be a great book to read aloud to kids of any age. If we don't read it to our F ...more
These quotes from the story could've been written about here in N.O.:
father to son: "... Every day of life is more valuable now than it was before the storm."
'But time, however long, was split in two parts by the big wave. People spoke of "the time before" and "the time after" the big wave. The big wave had cha ...more
آمنت بأن الزمان و المكان لا يغيران من جوهر الانسان .كتبت تقول : " كان اهتمامي الرئيسي و متعتي الحقيقية يكمنان في إثراء معرفتي بالناس ، و طالما أنني أعيش بين الصينيين ، فمن الممتع حقًا أن أتعرف علي حياتهم أكثر فأكثر ، لا علي أساس أنهم مواطنون ينتمون إلي بقعة ...more
Author: Pearl S. Buck
Date of Publication: 1947
Award: Child Study Association Children's book Award (won a Pultzier for another novel as well as a recipient of Noble Prize for Literature).
Summary: Kono lives on a farm on the side of a mountain in Japan. His friend, Jiya, lives in a fishing village below. The boy's lives is forever changed when a giant wave sweeps over the village and Jiya's home and family parish. Jiya must make some difficult decisions in his str ...more
Pearl S. Buck teaches us to love life for what it is, not to fear the unknown......
Short, children's story.
Kino who lives on a farm on the side of a mountain. His friend, Jiya who lives on the beach down the mountain. Are the two main characters in the book. These two like to swim and go on adventures together (characterization).
"The Big Wave" takes place in present day time. The story takes place on a mounta ...more
I read this short story in order to tell it for my 4 year ...more
"... Every day of life is more valuable now than it was before the storm."
"It is true that on any day ocean may rise into storm and volcano m ...more
Kino and his family have always lived by the mighty ocean. They are as familiar with the sea as with their own turf – the pastureland that they farm. Although not fishermen themselves, they are friends with many of the village families, and Kino’s best friend, Jiya, is the son of a fisherman. Together Kino and Jiya often sail the coast, visiting ...more
A few of my favourite quotes from ...more
My aunts, uncles and cousins in a coastal town near Sendai recently lived through the earthquake and tsunami of 2011, losing neighbours and neighbourhoods close by. My aunt and uncle's condo tower was unstable with ceiling plaster falling in chunks, so they were suddenly living in their ...more
Better known for her youth in China, Pearl Buck has written an insightful tale set in undated Japan. Best friends Kino and Jiya grow in different situations as their fathers are engaged in seemingly opposed occupations: rice farmer and fisherman. But Buck's theme--the interweaving of skills which provide a balanced tapesty of Life--is gently expresssed in this little book. Besides the aspect of childhood friendships, she deals with the heavy topic of the role of Dea ...more
Tsunami japan culuture life kids farm nature
What is the lesson from this book?
"People live with nature"
This is the basic perspective of Japanese lifestyle compared to European way of thinking, "live through overcoming nature."
I learned that no matter people do their best to overcome the great nature, it is impossible to live without nature. We have to thank to the gifts from the nature such as water, sunshine, winds, and many kinds of products from ...more
A big tsunami come, and for reasons I’m kind of not sure of, some families choose to stay on the beach.
His family having sent him to Kino’s family before the big wave, Jiya has to learn to deal with loss and learning to live again.
This is a short story, and what with the devastating tsunami of 2011 that hit Japan, I believe t ...more
It is the story of two friends in Japan, one boy who lives on the beach with his fisherman father; the other boy lives in the mountains with his farmer father. When the volcano erupts on the island where they live the families living on the beach are washe ...more