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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (963 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Pearl S. Buck Narrator: Adam Verner Publisher: Oasis Audio, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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One of the more political novels from the pen of Pearl S. Buck, Dragon Seed brings to light the tragedy of the Japanese invasion and occupation of mainland China during World War II. Centering her story around the fictional family of Ling Tan, Buck recreates the heart wrenching devastation that war inflicted on these gentle innocent people. Ling Tan and his family were simple farmers living in peaceful isolation. Western technology, and likewise the machinery of war, were unknown in these outlying regions of China. And even though literacy was on the rise among the younger generations, the alarming reports of foreign aggression went largely ignored.

For the peasants, the transition from one political ruler to another was virtually inconsequential; life revolved around their farms and their villages. Patriotism was not the concept of loving and defending a country; their land was their country. But as the invasion moves inland and the roads are jammed with survivors fleeing west, Ling Tan and his neighbors are forced to face the harsh realities of war.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jessiane | 2/18/2014

    " It wasn't horrible. I finished it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Stephanie Ricker | 2/2/2014

    " Elegant and heart-breaking. Read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Shauna | 1/21/2014

    " I could not put this one down. I loved how the author made sure you had a clear sense of family honor, loyalties and problems that they faced. Definitely not for those who like their epic novels neat and tidy, and where the good guys always win. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Nina | 1/18/2014

    " What a wonderful book. It was just what I needed at the time- something substantial but gentle. The story is similar to much of the Asian literature I've read. Picturesque with beautiful images and a gentle philosophy. Of course, the war described of the invasion of China by the Japanese was not gentle, but the viewpoint that the book primarily takes of the older farmer who loves his land is quiet and beautiful. The wife is just so no-nonsense, which is refreshing. The characters were for the most part caricatures of different people during wartime, but I was able to forgive that. A rushed ending, I felt, but otherwise really nice. "

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