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Pearl Buck

I don't think she had first hand knowledge of Chinese family life. I think American thought she did.

by Anonymousreply 1001/24/2013

Hard to say, exactly. She was born in 1892 and lived most of her life in China until 1934. Most Chinese critics have praised her work for its realism in portraying peasants.

by Anonymousreply 101/22/2013

I should add that, IIRC, her husband was intimately involved in the University of Nanking project that gave the first accurate demographic and sociological description of Chinese peasant households. And she saw a bit too much of the Nanking Revolt.

by Anonymousreply 201/22/2013

She wasn't a member of a Chinese family so she couldn't have had, strictly speaking, first hand knowledge. But she was well acquainted with Chinese family life.

by Anonymousreply 301/22/2013

If you were truly snarky, you would have done the "thread closed" bit.

The Good Earth was summer reading after my freshman year of H.S. and I became obsessed with the book, reading it at least three times. Many years later I read Wild Swans: Three Daughters of the Revolution and was struck by the parallels in the descriptions of the grandmother's household.

by Anonymousreply 401/22/2013

So I live in America. It doesn't make me an expert on the poor.

by Anonymousreply 501/22/2013

Pearl Buck was a big celebrity in her day, and is almost forgotten now.

by Anonymousreply 601/22/2013

R4=Wang Lung's third cousin once removed.

by Anonymousreply 701/22/2013

She wrote of Chinese families as an observer, not a participant.

by Anonymousreply 801/24/2013

OP, I guess you scared the "S" out of her.

by Anonymousreply 901/24/2013

 

by Anonymousreply 1001/24/2013
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