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This book is interesting for two reasons. It is primarily a reflection by Pearl Buck on her long years in China and developments in the country after she was forced to flee. It also contains her descriptions and interpretations of photographs of Chinese scenes by well-known photographers. Near the end of the book she laments that she will never be able to return to China to see the country she loves. The book even includes a copy of a letter from the Chinese embassy denying her request to visit, ...more
Enjoyed reading about Old and "New" China from Buck's 1972 perspective--and Buck's perspective is what it is, with plenty of opinion and speculation, and without pretending to the objectivity of a historian. Although the situations have certainly changed, Buck's way of thinking gave me new insight on China today. I enjoyed the lengthy photo captions.
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