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.