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. Download and start listening now!