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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Book Beginnings: The Eternal Wonder by Pearl S. Buck

Today I am linking up to Book Beginnings hosted by Rose City Reader where readers share the first sentence of the current book they are reading.

"He lay sleeping in still waters. This was not to say that his world was always motionless. There were times when he was aware of motion, even violent motion, in his universe. The warm fluid that enfolded him could rock him to and fro, could even toss him about, so that instinctively he spread his arms wide, his hands flailing, his legs spreading in the sprinting fashion of a frog. Not that he knew anything about frogs- it was too soon for that. It was too soon for him to know. Instinct was as yet his only tool. He was quiescent most of the time, active only when responding to unexpected movements in the outer universe."

Thoughts on intro: 
     The first paragraph of this novel reads like a lullaby. The descriptions are very soothing yet there is something mysterious about the person or thing the author is describing. The reader is left to imagine for a brief moment.
     I have previously read Buck's "The Good Earth," which is an amazing novel so I am looking forward to this recently discovered work that was published after her death.

About the Book: A recently discovered novel written by Pearl S. Buck at the end of her life in 1973, The Eternal Wonder tells the coming-of-age story of Randolph Colfax (Rann for short), an extraordinarily gifted young man whose search for meaning and purpose leads him to New York, England, Paris, on a mission patrolling the DMZ in Korea that will change his life forever—and, ultimately, to love. Rann falls for the beautiful and equally brilliant Stephanie Kung, who lives in Paris with her Chinese father and has not seen her American mother since she abandoned the family when Stephanie was six years old. Both Rann and Stephanie yearn for a sense of genuine identity. Rann feels plagued by his voracious intellectual curiosity and strives to integrate his life of the mind with his experience in the world. Stephanie struggles to reconcile the Chinese part of herself with her American and French selves. Separated for long periods of time, their final reunion leads to a conclusion that even Rann, in all his hard-earned wisdom, could never have imagined. A moving and mesmerizing fictional exploration of the themes that meant so much to Pearl S. Buck in her life, this final work is perhaps her most personal and passionate, and will no doubt appeal to the millions of readers who have treasured her novels for generations.

 About the Author: Pearl S. Buck (1892–1973) was a bestselling and Nobel Prize–winning author. Her classic novel The Good Earth (1931) was awarded a Pulitzer Prize and William Dean Howells Medal. Born in Hillsboro, West Virginia, Buck was the daughter of missionaries and spent much of the first half of her life in China, where many of her books are set. In 1934, civil unrest in China forced Buck back to the United States. Throughout her life she worked in support of civil and women’s rights, and established Welcome House, the first international, interracial adoption agency. In addition to her highly acclaimed novels, Buck wrote two memoirs and biographies of both of her parents. For her body of work, Buck received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1938, the first American woman to have done so. She died in Vermont.

Happy Reading,



  1. That is a great beginning. This is the first time I have seen the book. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I still haven't read anything by Buck although I really want to. I love the Beginning, it's so soft and sweet! Thanks for sharing and hosting :) I hope you have a good weekend!
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  3. Great opening! I've never read anything by Pearl S. Buck but that opening was beautifully written, I'm definitely going to have to check out her books at some point. Thanks for sharing this opening, happy reading :) And thanks for dropping by my Friday Book Memes :)

  4. I have read a lot of Pearl S. Buck!

    Interesting opening!!

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  5. A Pearl S. Buck book! I've only read The Good Earth (and only because it was required!)

  6. How awesome! I loved The Good Earth...and I had heard about a book discovered after her death, so I must add this one to my list. Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

  7. I loved The Good Earth so I really should try another Buck book. Thanks for the teaser.

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  8. Gorgeous cover. I don't know the book, but I do know the author. :)

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