Pearl of China

By Anchee Min
(Bloomsbury UK, Paperback, 9781408809792)

Publication Date: May 2011

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover, Paperback

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“Anchee Min creates a story of friendship and politics in this fictionalized account of Pearl Buck and young Willow. The street urchin and the daughter of an American missionary share both the simplicity of childhood and the conflict of the Chinese revolution. The two are destined to be separated by politics; however, their friendship never falters and lives on in the Buck's writings.”
-- Wendy Foster Leigh, The King's English, Salt Lake City, UT


Description
In the small southern China town of Chin-kiang, in the last days of the 19th century, two young girls bump heads and become thick as thieves. Min brings new color to the remarkable life of Pearl S. Buck, illuminated by the sweep of history and an intimate, unforgettable friendship.



NPR
Wednesday, Apr 7, 2010

Buck's The Good Earth depicted life in a Chinese village. Anchee Min first heard of Buck at age 14, during the Cultural Revolution, when Buck's novel was condemned by Chinese authorities. Nearly 40 years later, Min's novel Pearl of China imagines Buck's young life in China. More at NPR.org

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  1. Pearl of China opens with a quotation from Pearl S. Buck: “I was never deceived by Chinese women, not even by the flower-like lovely girls. They are the strongest women in the world.” Discuss how two strong-willed characters in Pearl of China, Willow and Madame Mao, display the fortitude that Buck describes. How are these two women’s strengths similar and different? Who benefits—and who suffers—from these two women’s powers?

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