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Burying The Bones: Pearl Buck in China (Paperback)
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Burying The Bones: Pearl Buck in China (Paperback)

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Paperback 352 Pages / Published: 07/04/2011
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Pearl Buck was raised in China by her American parents, Presbyterian missionaries from Virginia. Blonde and blue-eyed she looked startlingly foreign, but felt as at home as her Chinese companions. She ran free on the grave-littered grasslands behind her house, often stumbling across the tiny bones of baby girls who had been suffocated at birth. Buck's father was a terrifying figure, with a maniacal zeal for religious conversion - a passion rarely shared by the local communities he targeted. He drained the family's budget for his Chinese translation of the New Testament, while his aggrieved, long-suffering wife did her utmost to create a homely environment for her children, several of whom died tragically young. Pearl Buck would eventually rise to eminence in America as a bestselling author (her most renowned work, The Good Earth, re-entered the bestseller charts in 2004 when it was selected for Oprah's Book Club) but in this startlingly original biography, Spurling recounts with elegance and great insight her unspeakable upbringing in a China that was virtually unknown to the West.

Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781861978523
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 313 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 23 mm
Edition: Main


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Boldly conceived and magnificently written ... a triumphant landmark in the development of creative biography. -- Elaine Showalter * Literary Review *
Thrilling ... Spurling, who has never written a dull sentence, also has magic power as a writer -- Frances Wilson * Sunday Times *
A terrific story, told with rare intelligence and refinement -- George Walden * Mail on Sunday *
A subtle and masterly book -- Victoria Glendinning * Spectator *
A biographical masterpiece -- Jackie Wullschlager * Financial Times *
Elegant and sympathetic ... an illuminating and compelling biography. -- Isabel Hilton * Guardian *
Superb ... a terrific story, told with rare intelligence and refinement -- George Walden * Mail on Sunday *
Written with the grace and imaginative sympathy of a first-class novel ... [it] has an enduring bright intelligence and is one of the books of the year -- Richard Davenport-Hines * Sunday Telegraph *
Spurling's style and the addictive character of her subject make it an intriguing read -- Andrew Holgate * Sunday Times *
Riveting and timely * Times *
Burying the Bones does superb justice to this forgotten American novelist's pioneering bid to explain China to the West. -- Sally Magnusson * Scotland on Sunday *

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