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The Living Reed by Pearl S. Buck

The Living Reed by Pearl S. Buck

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The Living Reed by Pearl S. Buck is a 477-page hardcover published in 1963 by The John Day Company, New York.  Book Club Edition.  The overall condition is good.  The dust jacket has some shelf wear and a closed tear along the upper spine.  Inside, the book has a name inscribed in pen on the front endpaper.  Otherwise, the book shows no signs of use, with clean crisp pages and tight binding.

Book Summary

The Living Reed tell the story of a close-knit family who dedicate themselves to the salvation of their homeland, that tiny peninsula hanging like a golden fruit before the longing eyes of surrounding nations.  The reader lives with them from the splendid era of Queen Min to the climactic days of the Second World War, and emerges not only with admiration for the Korean people and their rich culture but with the excitement of discovering a little known and fascinating history closely entangled with the history of America itself.

Every major public event, from the assassination plots of the early pages to the landing of American troops at the end, and every public personage from Queen Min to Woodrow Wilson, is authentic.  But the sweep of history and the excitement of great events provide only part of the book's power:  the reader is drawn equally by the vivid detail of a remarkable people and culture, the course of three love relationships, and the color, warmth, power, conviction, and affinity for her subject that light up the printed page when Pearl Buck writes about Asia.

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