Ancient Wisdom

I most fortunately obtained a discarded memoir written by Pearl S. Buck at a library book sale. Entitled My Several Worlds: A Personal Record, recounts Buck’s amazing life which includes her years in China as well as her years in the U.S. after the Second World War and the spread of Communism in China which, much to her regret, forced her return to the land of her birth.

Buck was the daughter of missionary parents who lived and preached Christianity to native people in China. Her love of the country and its ancient customs and philosophy is clearly evident. A prolific writer and author of  The Good Earth, earned her a Nobel Prize for her body of work.

Not only was Buck a famous author, she was also an extraordinary woman who possessed the ability and intellect to discern the differences in world cultures and viewpoints. Her world travels were based on her interest in understanding the plight of all peoples and in particular, those who were victims of the spread of Imperialism and prejudice.

In her later life, she founded an organization which found loving parents and homes for mixed-race children. Always open to helping those in need, she adopted a number of children raising them on the farm in Pennsylvania where she lived after her forced departure from China.

I am grateful to have been able to listen to this memoir read by Pearl S. Buck which made it all the more poignant for me. Clearly, this extraordinary woman cared deeply about people of all faiths and philosophies and I will treasure this memoir always. Her viewports on politics and education are worthwhile in current times. I would love to have known this humble, accomplished woman and highly recommend her work.

About dianeledet

Professional Writing Consultant, Graduate of DePaul University School for New Learning 2008
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6 Responses to Ancient Wisdom

  1. alison41 says:

    When I was a teenager, Pearl Buck’s novels were much in vogue. I’d also like to read her memoir, but doubt I’ll come across it – but you never know.

    • dianeledet says:

      It makes me sad every time I hear the difficulty you face obtaining books. If you have a Kindle, or a device like it, are you able to download books?

      • alison41 says:

        Yes I do own a Kindle Fire, but can’t say I like it or use it often., Additionally, anything I buy on Kindle has to be paid for in US$ which makes it very expensive for me – our currency is weak against the mighty dollar. But such is life!

      • dianeledet says:

        Gosh, that’s a shame! I’m sorry it’s difficult and expensive. Here in the U.S. there are many advantages when it comes to obtaining books. I wish it were better for you there! I’m so fortunate to be able to access free audiobooks thru the Library of Congress. They’re delivered to my door free of charge! I’m sad it isn’t the same for you there. As you wrote, Such is life. 😢

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