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Sharing a great run of good fiction

sisoon posted 4/12/2019 12:18 PM

I've been really lucky lately in the books I've picked up at the library, and I want to share some of the titles.

Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
The Good Earth - Pearl Buck
Sons - Pearl Buck
House Divided - Pearl Buck (These 3 form a trilogy)
All Men Are Brothers - Pearl Buck
Six Four - Hideo Yokoyama
Ghost Bride - Yangsze Choo
Night Tiger - Yangsze Choo

Concubinage is a small-ish part of The Good Earth trilogy, so it may be triggering for LTA survivors. Illicit sex, but not adultery IIRC, is in Night Tiger.

I'm also reading Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury, so I deserve a break.

Jeaniegirl posted 4/12/2019 20:02 PM

I love Pearl Buck's writings. The Good Earth is one of the best books ever written.

demolishedinside posted 4/23/2019 14:43 PM

What genre, Sisoon?

sisoon posted 4/24/2019 17:54 PM

Pearl Buck was the daughter of US missionaries to China. She grew up bi-lingual, came back to the US for college, married an economist who specialized in China (and who compiled a brilliant survey of land utilization in China), and wrote novels about China.

Later she involved herself in various civil rights struggles and in helping children of Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese women who got pregnant by US military men.

The 3 novels I listed are descriptions of a patriarch and his family China.

All Men Are Brothers is a translation of an early Chinese novel of robbers fighting the Chinese officials which dizzying fighting skills.

Six Four is both a mystery and bureaucratic infighting.

Choo's novel are about domestic struggles within a context of fantasy.

Corelli's Mandolin, I can't describe. In a sense it's a war story, but it's much more than that.

sewardak posted 5/8/2019 07:04 AM

I reread The Good Earth yearly. So good. Should be required reading for the engaged. The grass isn't greener type of thing.

ashesofkali posted 5/16/2019 22:36 PM

I'm reading "Geek Love" by Katherine Dunn right now. It's about family relationships among professional circus freaks. Makes a lot of sense to me. Don't know why that would be...

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