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I am so torn by this book, it started out wonderful and very interesting until Wang the Tiger took over and all his war lord exploits A big yawn for me, let me tell you I started out listening to the audio version and I switched over to the Kindle version, it helped but my interest level waned I enjoyed several parts of the book, little tiny snippets of human interaction that kept me going It was the last section perhaps 10% that totally pulled my attention back into its proper place It confounds me to no end that now I want to continue on to the 3rd book in the series, how crazy is that The very last part seemed to speak Pearl S Buck than the entire book I love her writing and I wished that she intertwined the war lord, military part of the book with the human interaction and character study that she is well known for I have read Imperial Woman which is one of my favorites of this author and as much as I detest politics, it was beautifully written and properly mixed with what I admire in her work I can t recommend this book though I would recommend the first of the trilogy which is The Good Earth and who knows I might continue onto A House Divided but not right now, I need a much needed breather After reading The Good Earth, it is hard to imagine a worthwhile reading experience.Pearl S Buck, like John Steinbeck, knows how to combine characters, setting, and strong themes with great pacing and balanced prose usually.Editing a book is like creating a katana, I think To create these masterful Japanese swords the blacksmith folds the metal many times, working out the impurities to strengthen its edge A lot of writers edit a book in a similar manner, going through time after time to remove and distill their ideas down into a finely crafted weapon of storytelling What can make a sequel feel dull is the lack of such honing down Sons suffers from this, even if some of the pure delights of the first book are still perceptible in bits and pieces here.Though the page count would lead you to believe otherwise, Sons feels long Interesting characters and cultural exploration are to be expected, as are the continuations of the original story s plot Much of the book does feel unnecessary in my opinion, and there are fewer shocks and a lot less awe, because we have visited this setting before, and in the first book it was mesmerizing The Good Earth was a truly great work in my mind, and I can t help comparing the sequel to it In Sons, than in the first part, characters spend a lot of time, grumbling and being indecisive.The characters are all flawed, as we know but they should not be incompetent or impotent Ms Buck s fascinating look into Chinese culture and traditions, drawn from life as it is, feels forced without new and refreshing themes to carry us along The story is looser than in the first installment Instead of a laser focus on the life of Wang Lung and his rise through his appreciation of the earth, in Sons there is a listlessness pervading the narrative We get to see what his sons do but their selfish agendas don t possess the same grandeur as the heartbreaking struggle of his youth.The reader might expect Wang Lung s sons to lack the same appreciation that made their father wise and successful, and to suffer as a consequence Thankfully, there are still some excellent nods to The Good Earth that will make any fan smile Whether its how the Tea House from the first book is used as a symbol of how little Wang Lung s children understand their father and how his lessons are completely ignored Pearl S Buck also follows through on her promise from the prior book regarding how the wealthy house of Hwang fell and shows us how Wang s house is decaying through the same cycle But even these well penned continuations are diminished when they come few and far between in a book without much as much substance to offer If this book had been edited down it could have been nearly as riveted as the first Knowing that there is a third in the series, I wonder if the second and third might have been combined and condensed to possibly equal the first.The cyclical nature of life is a theme in this book and is an echo from the first From how Wang the Third went off to be a rebel and his son follows suite, to how Wang the First s life of idleness is passed to his sons, the cycle of father to son is an inescapable dilemma But the theme is weakened by a lack of focus and takes far too long to mature It is not until the very end of the book that we start to see impact and there is too little sustaining my attention by that point Even the idea of the importance of land which was the heart of the first book fell flat for me Though it tries to weave itself with the idea of cycle and legacy there is too much noise for it to bloom.There are good elements in Sons but nearly everything significant is diluted with unnecessary length and exposition It is hard to say if the writing is good as the individual sentences are tight, but the overall feel leaves something to be desired If you like books that explore other cultures or times look no further than The Good Earth A cursory look at the Nobel Prize winning author s massive body of work will show that she spent a lifetime writing about China, Japan, Korea, and other cultures The Chinese traditions in her trilogy are fascinating and it s interesting to see how they effect people s lives However I think what the first book displays is enough to satisfy most peoples curiosities The unfortunate truth the last line of The Good Earth did a better job of examining Wang s sons then this entire book One day I might tackle the third, but I think I would rather start looking into Bucks other fictions first. Second In The Trilogy That Began With The Good Earth, Buck S Classic And Starkly Real Tale Of Sons Rising Against Their Honored Fathers Tells Of The Bitter Struggle To The Death Between The Old And The New In China Revolutions Sweep The Vast Nation, Leaving Destruction And Death In Their Wake, Yet Also Promising Emancipation To China S Oppressed Millions Who Are Groping For A Way To Survive In A Modern Age Wang the Elder dies His three sons inherit his wealth which fund their various sins sloth and gluttony Wang the Landlord , greed and avarice Wang the Merchant and power Wang the Tiger All three are disappointed in their sons and rarely recognise the talents of their wives and daughters Even though each achieves their goals no one seems happy.It s hard to believe this is not written by a Chinese author such is the language, customs and empathy shown.Living in Northern China the three brothers appear to be ignorant of the peasant stirrings in the South So to Book 3 and revolution. I don t know what else to say here besides things happened to people and I wanted to take a nap Also for those who download this via Kindle, never fear, book 2 is not as long as you think I got to 60 percent and book 2 was done The remaining 40 percent was a preview a really long one of the final third book in this series I really wish I had DNFed this book I am going to start reclaiming my time and just kicking a book immediately after I am not feeling it I honestly have not wanted to read a thing since some of the books on my currently reading list have not moved me at all Hoping that I get in a better mindset later and can just finish some books soon Sons the second book in the House of Earth series follows the sons of Wang Lung, called Wang Lung the Landlord, Wang Lung the Merchant and Wang the Tiger The book focuses mostly on Wang the Tiger with Buck popping up now and again into the eldest and second s son s businesses with some minor appearances by Pearl Blossom I didn t get a good grasp on any character in this second book Unlike with the first book, the women in this one are paper thin instead of being realized as their own characters Wang the Tiger s first wife may have been interesting to follow, but Buck quickly dispatches with her with the quickness This second book is like night and day from the first book All of the characters were underdeveloped and the writing was not good I would say that this book is 100 percent filler since I think that Buck wants to focus on what happens to this family in book 3 I also wish that Buck had stuck a time period in this series since I can t tell where we are in China s history. It s funny how a book grows in your mind long after you ve read it Pearl Buck s The Good Earth was that kind of experience for me At the time I first read it, I had no idea it was part of a trilogy, much less a Pulitzer Prize winning trilogy And when I found out, I hurried off to find the next installment, Sons , Book 2 in the House of Earth series Did I really only give The Good Earth 3 stars I upped to to four.This book, like the initial installment, is working on many different levels We continue to see the House of Wang disintegrate into the House of Hwang s twin though the House of Hwang is never mentioned in book 2, the comparisons continue to be drawn as one by one the Wang s embrace and repeat the transgressions of the Hwang s before them.Generational ties, as indicated by the title of Sons are examined thoroughly as the sons of Wang Lung come into their own following his death Once again, a woman is the tragic vanguard of tradition, decency and Wang Lung s memory This time it is Pear Blossom who serves him so well, as all his offspring run their own ways The book works through the prime of all the sons, and ends as the grandsons of Wang Lung are emerging The text contains numerous insights into Chinese culture and tradition, as well as the tensions prevalent in the warlord period between the old and new ways By the end of the book, it is clear the ground is being prepared for the Communist conflict, and I look forward to the final installment Since I have upped the first book to 4 stars and this one, being the middle of a trilogy, is not QUITE as good, 3 stars.A House Divided House of Earth 3 , Buck, 1935https review show This is a sequel to Pearl Buck s most famous book, The Good Earth, following the lives of Wang Lung s three sons for about 30 to 40 years, after the father s death None of the sons wants to work the land that their father prized so highly, and all are eager to sell some or all of that land, in spite of their promises The eldest son loves a life of complete idleness and luxury and raises his own sons in that same lifestyle The second son is a hard working but fairly greedy merchant, who want money to expand his business The third son, who has been away from home for 10 years at the time of his father s death, has become a soldier and dreams of using his father s fortune to gather an army of his own, conquer a town or province, and become a war lord This son even dreams of ruling the whole of China, during the period of political instability and wars between the war lords in the south and the war lords in the north.I loved the Good Earth but found this sequel to be too melancholy for my taste I enjoyed the book for its depiction of China before the rise of the common people s revolution and for its portrait of the Chinese people, especially the common people who worked the land The sections of the book that follow the third son, Wang the Tiger, and his own son are the most interesting This petty war lord never quite escapes his father s influence, which reaches from beyond the grave to remind him of his family s connection to the land One quote from this section stands out, when The Tiger s son tells his father that he is not interested in becoming a soldier but in becoming a farmer He felt an old, known helplessness come creeping over him again It was the same sick helplessness he had been used to feel in the days of his youth, when the earthen house was his gaol Once his father, that old man in the land, reached out and laid his earthy hand upon his son At the end of this novel, the revolution is just beginning in China Even the author, Pearl Buck, did not see at the time where that revolution would lead Looking back to the time before those events is fascinating We wonder how much of the old Chinese culture remains, much as it did for Wang the Tiger, despite his efforts to escape. wow This writing is luminous I felt the same heartstrings, the complexity of family dynamics and character development Then I worried How the hell is Pearl going to pull this together for an ending Surely it will be a let down Pearl had talent galore And quite the attention to detail to not disappoint all of us whom have loved THE GOOD EARTH She did not write her way into a corner or take the easy road out Another, WOW, powerful endingand in her styleright through to the last word Loved it.Now onto mundane ha Not really, but ORANGE The New Black is completely 180 degrees away from this I think. After reading The Good Earth by Pearl S Buck I decided to read the second book in the trilogy, Sons It s a romantic and adventurous novel that gives a better glimpse into Chinese culture and traditions After Wang Lung s death his sons reunite and plan their future with his estate The youngest son, Wang the Tiger, returns from his long journey with an army from the south As they all secretly plan in their minds what they will do with their money and land Wang the Tiger has no plan for lands or money, he will become a great lord of war The story takes you through his perilous journey, which includes fighting a great enemy and the tragedy of love With Buck s remarkable descriptions of the beautiful Chinese lands and people, she makes the story even better What amazed me most about this book was how Pearl Buck brought many real life situations in to a story that seems so unreal She writes about love, suicide, and loneliness which are one of life s most difficult situations All of the characters were unique in their own way Wang the Tiger was a man of honour yet lived a life of shame toward his father, son, and himself I liked the book because of the way it expresses each of the character s feelings Wang the Tiger is completely different than any of the other characters In this book Pearl S Buck demonstrates bthe power of women and the weakness of men in many ways The war related scenes in the story makes the book seem realistic and interesting I recommend this trilogy to all ages because it is a great way to learn about Chinese culture I ve developed a great respect and interest for the Chinese traditions This book just helps us understand Chinese culture Pearl S Buck once again creates a fabulous tale of love, tragedy, and war Sons is a true page turner and not only is it an amazing book, but it is a classic. Sons , published in 1931, is the second book in The House of Earth trilogy byPearl S BuckAlmost everybody has heard of the first book in the trilogy,The Good Earth , probably because it was the best selling novel in the United States in both 1931 and 1932 , and was an influential factor in Buck s winning the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1938 But today the rest of the trilogy has been largely forgotten.The first book in the series was the story of a Chinese farmer working his way from poor peasant to wealthy landlord This second book, Sons, is the story of his sons and how they handle their father s estate after his death The narrative of Sons largely follows the life of the youngest son who had left the family in the first book to join a warlord s army, and in this book he becomes a warlord ruling a region that neighbors the district where his brothers live The combination of military power and nearby family wealth is mutually beneficial for both sides of the family.The book portrays a China with a traditional government in the north and revolutionary forces in the south, and the armies of these two forces allying as required with the various warlords that control the rest of the country This roughly fits the description of China during the 1920s and early 1930s, but it is vague about specific time and place in history.There are some indications that some of the onerous traditions such as foot binding that were part of the first book are falling away in this book For example some of the young people are insisting on marrying partners of their own choosing rather than accepting arranged marriages But the story in this book is set in an isolated rural part of China, and these sort of changes are the exception.At the end of the book we learn that the son of the warlord protagonist has joined with the revolution which technically is opposed to his father s cause This revolution claims to be fighting for the interest of the people which strikes our warlord as a strange concept This is an obvious set up for the next book in the series,A House Divided .The following is a link to my review of the first book in the trilogy, The Good Earth.https review showThe following is a link to my review of the third book in the trilogy, A House Divided.https review show