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    Peon

    Fabulous book. So interesting to learn about the Jews in China.
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    A surprising slice of history

    This is the second novel of Buck's I've read, after Pavillon of women, and I found this a much easier read. PoW became long and tedious towards the end. This novel focuses on a local community and their stories, showing the conflicting urges of the young members of an immigrant family, five generations later, to remain faithful to their cultural and religious heritage or to assimilate. But with a unique twist in that they are Jews in China. I really enjoy learning about history through fiction and would highly recommend this novel to anyone looking for an engaging story set in a foreign land, in a foreign time.
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    It was an easy to read book

    The book tells about life in China during the late 19th century. The book is well written in that it tells how the Jews were marrying into the Chinese population, and how different their religious beliefs were. I found it very interesting. Pearl Buck is an informative writer, easy to read.
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    Not her best But...

    This was not Buck's best work but still outlined the Chinese culture and relationships with beautiful detail and depth. Buck's knowledge of historical Chinese customs never ceases to amaze me
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    Peonie

    Excellent loved it. The history of the Jewish people in China is fascinating. So well described. Peonie made me picture in my mind her appearance and her softness for the family she lived with
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