The Mother

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(4.4 stars; 11 reviews)

Life is difficult for The Mother, with a household of husband and children, when her crone of a mother-in-law comes to live with them. It is a life of drudgery and toil. But a mother will do anything to protect her children, despite the pain and suffering she may endure, when, without warning, her restless husband abandons her. The shame, the toil, the love... all demonstrate the resilience of a woman in the face of adversity. It has been described as one of the best works of fiction of the 20th century,

This is in the Public Domain in the United States. - Summary by Lynne T. (7 hr 59 min)


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(5 stars)

I haven't read as much Pearl Buck as I would like. I was not familiar with this story. It is completely compelling. It takes you right into the world of old China. The isolation, ignorance and backbreaking work. The good and the bad mixed in the characters. Well read. Thank you.

(4 stars)

The book is very good but the reading wasn’t as good