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Hilary Spurling - Burying the Bones

Hilary Spurling - Burying the Bones

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Pearl grew up in an imperial China unchanged for thousands of years. She was the child of American missionaries, but she spoke Chinese before she learned English, and her friends were the children of Chinese farmers. She took it for granted that she was Chinese herself until she was eight years old, when the terrorist uprising known as the Boxer Rebellion forced her family to flee for their lives. It was the first of many desperate flights. Flood, famine, drought, bandits, and war formed the background of her life in China. Pearl was the first person since Marco Polo to open China up to the West. She recreated the lives of ordinary Chinese people in The Good Earth, a worldwide bestseller in 1932 that transfixed a whole generation of readers and won her the Nobel Prize for Literature.

" of the books of the year" - Sunday Telegraph
"Thrilling...Spurling, who has never written a dull sentence, also has magic power as a writer" - Frances Wilson, Sunday Times

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