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A House Divided by Pearl S. Buck
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Jan 24, 2012

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Recommended to Angie by: Debbie
Read from December 01, 2011 to January 24, 2012

I'm glad to see how The Good Earth trilogy played out, but A House Divided is nowhere near the book that The Good Earth is. It took me almost two months to read it. It had endearing moments, but did nothing to hold my attention. This book was very easy to put down and forget about for several days at a time. Not terrible, a good enough story, but not a "must read".

"For soon he knew her mind was as simple in its own way as his own country mother's mind, a kindly narrow mind which dwelt on a dish to be cooked...or the garden and its welfare or a bowl of flowers on the dining table. Her loves were the love of God and her own two, and in these loves she lived most faithfully and so simply that Yuan was confounded sometimes by this simplicity. For he found that this lady, who could read well enough to take up any book and comprehend it, was filled with strange beliefs as any villager in his own land. By her own talk with him he knew it, for she spoke of a certain festival in spring and she said, 'We call it Easter, Yuan, and on this day our dear Lord rose from the dead again and ascended into heaven.'"
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Holly Gilmer I think "Sons" was difficult to get through, but the twist at the end made me much more eager to read "A House Divided." But so far (I haven't finished the third book quite yet) neither of these can even hold a candle to the first. The depth of the characters alone made it a much more worthwhile read, but I want to see how this plays out. So far it seems that Yuan has inherited his love of the earth as Wang Lung did in the first book and it's nice to see his spirit manifest in a future generation...that's all for now, but good review!

Angie Thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed the review, and I hope you enjoy the book. :)

Holly Gilmer Angie, ugh. At first I thought this book would come around, but now that I'm only 10% (I have a Kindle, so I have no idea what page that is, sorry) away from the end, this is not how I thought things would end. Yuan is never satisfied with anything, he's distant and aloof, and his entire demeanor is just...depressing. Incredibly so. If I wasn't such a nazi about finishing a book, I don't think I'd have even made it this far.

Angie I'm sure that was the same reason I finished it...I ALWAYS finish. It's a curse. :)

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