The Eternal Wonder
Pearl S. Buck
Open Road Media, 2013 (2013)
Reviewed by Barbara Lingens
his work, discovered long after the distinguished author's death, has been published exactly as it was found. It is complete, and as Pearl Buck's son states in the Foreword, has the mistakes in timelines and transitions of the original.
he dedication reads: '
Life is the wonder with which we are all infused ...
' and I think Buck, at the end of her life, was trying to tell us all how interesting life can be if we would only live in the moment. Her hero, Rann, is quite a superperson, destined for greatness from the womb. His adventures in the school of life (because he was never suited for the classroom) take him to an unknown grandfather in New York, an heiress's manor in England, and an Asian antique dealer in Paris.
uck's theme of cultural identity is treated here, in addition to what it means to be a writer. Her fluid writing style is present, yet there is something flat about the story. Her son acknowledges it as '
an imperfect work.
' Though the publishers are hoping to introduce Buck to a
, this reviewer thinks it would be better to bring their attention to the works that garnered her the Nobel Prize.
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