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Sons by Pearl S. Buck

Sons (1932)

by Pearl S. Buck

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Series: The House of Earth: Trilogy (2)

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Sons is the second book in the Good Earth trilogy by Pearl S. Buck. The book picks up at the end of The Good Earth when Wang Lung, the father, is on his death bed. Wang Lung is survived by his three sons, the merchant, the landlord and the warrior, who all stand to inherit his fortune. Little does Wang Lung know that none of his sons value the land that he spent his entire life accruing. Over the years the sons sell the land to pay for their lifestyles. At the end of the book it appears that the son of the warrior is the only offspring who appreciates the land that his grandfather worked so hard for. ( )
  KatherineGregg | Dec 22, 2017 |
The second in the Good Earth Trilogy. What the father cherished, his three sons each despised. The oldest hates the land and people who support him, the second sees the land as a way to make money and grows rich and the youngest hated his father, hated the land and ran away to be a soldier. He uses the land to support his life as a soldier. His father hated wars. Wang the Tiger is very lonely and feels a son of his own will give real meaning to his life.
The oldest son was in love with pleasure, the second son loved money and the third loved power. The three brothers find their own sons to be disappointments. The oldest' sons never work, the second has sons who work and slave for hardly any money and the youngest has a son who does not love what the father loves just as he had not loved what his dad loved.
Pearl S. Buck writes about the development of the character more than the story line. The time period seems to be just prior to the rebellion of the common people against the land owners and rulers. ( )
  Kristelh | Jun 4, 2016 |
The second of the Good Earth trilogy, the family of Wang Lung live on. Would he have been proud of them? I suspect not. The eldest, a greedy landlord; the second, a miserly merchant; and the third a war lord, the Tiger. Oddly it is this youngest son who seemed to have the most morals and Wang Lung's farmer's blood runs through that of the Tiger's son. Excellent book! ( )
  Oodles | Feb 16, 2016 |
Wonderful sequel to The Good Earth, although not as good. The most magical thing about these books are the hundreds of tiny details illustrating eveyday life in China, knowledge the author would have gained during her childhood in China, and her love for the country and it's people shines through. ( )
  SabinaE | Jan 23, 2016 |
This is the second book in the House of Earth trilogy. It picks up right where The Good Earth leaves off, so there may be minor spoilers here if you haven't read it. After Wang Lung dies, his sons divide his land among themselves in order to pursue their own goals. The eldest sells most of his for quick cash and keeps the rest to rent so that he has enough income to support his family's lavish and lazy lifestyle. The second son is a merchant who hoards cash and loans it out at high interest rates whenever he thinks he can benefit. His family lives well, but he takes pains to make sure no one really knows how much money he has, and he makes his sons work instead of letting them lay around like their cousins. Most of the book focuses on the youngest son, a warlord over a small territory, and his son. He has grand plans for himself and his son, but he never seems to feel like doing much to make those dreams reality.

I wasn't that impressed with The Good Earth, especially in comparison with some of Buck's other novels, and this was more of the same. None of the characters are particularly likeable, and the plot got a bit too predictable at times. I'll read the third book in the trilogy, but I've already got a pretty good idea of where it's heading. ( )
  AmandaL. | Jan 16, 2016 |
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The classic story of sons rising against their father reflects the conflict between the old and new in China as revolution sweeps across the nation.

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