Dragon Seed

Dragon Seed

The Story of China at War

eBook - 2012
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A Nobel laureate's gripping historical novel about the Japanese invasion of NankingFarmer Liang Tan knows only a quiet, traditional life in his remote Chinese farming community. When news filters in that Japanese forces are invading the country, he and his fellow villagers believe that if they behave decently to the Japanese soldiers, the civilians might remain undisturbed. They're in for a shock, as the attackers lay waste to the country and install a puppet government designed to systematically carry out Japanese interests. In response, the Chinese farmers and their families form a resistance—which not only carries grave risk, but also breaks their vow of nonviolence, leading them to wonder if they're any different than their enemy.Later adapted into a film featuring Katharine Hepburn, Dragon Seed is a brilliant and unflinching look at the horrors of war.This ebook features an illustrated biography of Pearl S. Buck including rare images from the author's estate.
Publisher: New York :, Open Road Media,, 2012.
ISBN: 9781453263518
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Sep 02, 2017

This is another view of early twentieth century China from the inside out as seen by one large family. Although the enemy from the East, Japan, is not named, we see how their invasion effected this extended family by dividing their loyalties, relationships and even living conditions during the occupation. We, as readers, are not given the big picture of pre-World War Two events because those on the ground had limited sources of communication except for a lone radio purloined from the enemy and word of mouth. For those who have not read Buck’s other books on China, this story would be a good example of how society functioned without Western prejudices.

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