THE EXILE by Pearl S. Buck
Kirkus Star


Email this review


A new departure for this popular writer, in an extraordinary characterization, based on fact though the names used are fictitious. The appeal will be more to the readers of House of Exile by Norah Waln, than to the average fiction reader. It is the story of a woman who through a long life, filled to the brim with tragedy death, disease, poverty, unfriendly surroundings, a Puritanic missionary husband never understood her, managed yet to sustain the beauty and joy and spark of American womanhood, and crystalized that for all who came in contact with her. There is no effort to build the Chinese background, but it emerges in the contrasts she creates through her efforts to keep the American atmosphere around her. There is that recognizable rhythm and saga quality in the telling that one to associate with Pearl Buck. The story ran as fiction in The Woman's Home Companion. I feel that its sale is definitely in the field of non-fiction, and that it should be sold accordingly. The Buck market is an established one. This should bring in new converts, as well as holding those who liked her earlier work.

Pub Date: Feb. 6th, 1936
Publisher: Reynal & Hitchcock