Thursday, February 10, 2011
Pearl of China by Anchee Min
This round Anchee Min have really out done herself. The story is so vivid and believable that for a moment there, I thought it was a biography.
Have you heard of Pearl S. Buck, The author of The Good Earth? This is a fiction story about her.
It tells the story of two girls in the small town of Chin-Kiang, China. One was Pearl and the other was Willow, a Chinese girl. Pearl was the daughter of zealous Christian missionaries while Willow comes from a family who were very poor.
They fight and the become the best of friends through the thick and thin of the Chinese revolutions.
They shares their dreams and hope with each others. They supported each other when their marriage gone awry.
Pearl and her family was forced out of China when civil war erupts in China. Meantime, Willow got married to someone close to Mao.
Nevertheless, their friendship remains strong. Willow was dreadfully punished for her friendship with Pearl.
This is truly a tale of till death do you part.
Near the ending I was thinking why the heck Willow don't just denounce Pearl. Pearl is no longer in China and won't even be much affected by her action. She suffer so much for Pearl. It's just so sad.
This is truly a good read