The Big Wave (Paperback)
|Author: Pearl S. Buck|
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|After a tidal wave destroys their village, two Japanese boys learn about tragedy and the importance of building a new life *Author: Buck, Pearl S. *Publication Date: 1986/04/01 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 0.25 *Width: 5.25 *Height: 7.50|
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The famous story of a Japanese boy who must face life after escaping the tidal wave destruction of his family and village.
As an educated woman fluent in Chinese and English who lived in China for close to 40 years between 1892 and 1934, American writer Pearl S. Buck occupied a unique position, and with honesty and an eye for the beautiful, she brought her direct and observed experiences fully to bear on her fiction and non-fiction writing. Buck was born in Hillsboro, West Virginia, to Southern Presbyterian missionaries on temporary hiatus in the United States. When she was only three months old, her parents returned to China. She and her family heavily felt the impact of the turn-of-the-century Boxer Uprising against missionaries and other foreign presences in China, but nonetheless Buck developed a deep love, respect, and attachment for her adopted country and its people. From 1910 to 1914 Buck attend Randolph-Macon Women's College in Virginia, returning to China in 1915 to care for her ailing mother. Buck began writing seriously in her twenties, although her first book, EAST WIND, WEST WING did not come to print until 1930. The publication of her hugely successful book THE GOOD EARTH followed promptly in 1931. THE GOOD EARTH describes life as Buck observed it in an impoverished rural province of China where she lived with her first husband, John Lossing Buck, from 1917 to 1920. The first part of a multi-generational trilogy (followed by SONS (1932) and A HOUSE DIVIDED (1935), THE GOOD EARTH established Buck's international reputation. She won a Pulitzer Prize this work, and in 1938 she became the first woman to win the Nobel Prize. Buck continued to work for the rest of her life, publishing prolifically--more novels, articles, and translations--and working tirelessly as a humanitarian and philanthropist. Buck had one daughter, who was born with a condition that caused severe mental handicaps and whose story she told in THE CHILD WHO NEVER GREW (1950). She was also astounded by the politics of adoption in China and the United States that left many mixed-race children unadopted. Through her Welcome House and the Pearl S. Buck Foundation, she worked to improve the conditions for children across the globe. Along with her second husband, publisher Richard Walsh, Buck founded the East and West Foundation to promote cultural exchange. At the age of 80, Buck died from lunch cancer in 1973
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