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Dass Rann Colfax etwas Besonderes ist, merken seine Eltern schon kurz nach seiner Geburt: Er ist hochbegabt. Durch seine Intelligenz und Aufgewecktheit macht sich der Junge jedoch wenig Freunde und wächst als Einzelgänger auf. Also beschließt sein Vater, mit dem Sohn um die Welt zu reisen, damit dieser neue Eindrücke gewinnen und seinen Horizont erweitern kann. Doch noch bDass Rann Colfax etwas Besonderes ist, merken seine Eltern schon kurz nach seiner Geburt: Er ist hochbegabt. Durch seine Intelligenz und Aufgewecktheit macht sich der Junge jedoch wenig Freunde und wächst als Einzelgänger auf. Also beschließt sein Vater, mit dem Sohn um die Welt zu reisen, damit dieser neue Eindrücke gewinnen und seinen Horizont erweitern kann. Doch noch bevor die Reise stattfinden kann, stirbt der Vater. Wissensdurst und Neugier treiben Rann allein in die weite Welt. Auf Stationen in England, New York, Korea und Paris lernt er die Unwägbarkeiten des Lebens kennen – und schließlich auch die Liebe....

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  • Sonya
    2019-05-22 18:04

    خانم "پرل اس باك" نويسنده ي آمريكايي،نخستين زن آمريكايي است كه موفق به دريافت جايزه ي نوبل ادبيات شده است. وي مادر شش فرزند خوانده بوده و تا آخر عمر بيش از چهل رمان، ٢٥٠ داستان كوتاه و اثار ديگر بر جاي گذاشته است، رمان" خاك خوب" وي مشهورترين اثرش مي باشد كه برايش جوايز زيادي به ارمغان اورده است.رمان پيش رو "پرسشهاي بي پايان" آخرين اثر اين بانو مي باشدكه چهل سال بعد مرگش پيدا سده و توسط يكي از پسرخوانده هايش به چاپ رسيده است.اين رمان ماجراي زندگي پسري با استعداد فوق العاده و هوش سرشار مي باشد، انساني كه ازدرون رحم مادر آگاهي در او شكل گرفته و در سه سالگي خواندن را ياد مي گيرد، با بزرگ شدن رن اين سوال برايش پيش مي آيد كه وظيفه و ماموريت او در زمين چيست؟ و فردي با اين همه استعداد چه بايد بكند؟ اين كتاب توصيف افكار و تجربيات اين پسر خارق العاده مي باشد.

  • Lisa
    2019-05-25 11:10

    I loved The Good Earth, but this book was insufferable. I know I read an unedited proof, but never have I wished for a main character, who is supposed to be a good guy, to be killed off to save the book from itself before. How awful was it? I chose to chat with the guy next to me on a nine hour flight about his pet snake rather than read this book. That bad.

  • Dorothy
    2019-05-15 16:08

    Finally published after 40 years, this last book by award-winning author Pearl Buck (The Good Earth) is well-written. It is a study of Rann, who is extremely intellectually gifted, and how these gifts affect his life and relationships. I was drawn in from the first page.

  • Yani
    2019-05-25 18:09

    Me siento injusta calificando así un libro que la autora no pudo revisar, pero si esa era la historia de base, no puedo salvarlo. Reseña pronto.

  • Maede
    2019-05-25 13:20

    چهل سال بعد از مرگ باک نویسنده ی آمریکایی برنده جایزه نوبل، این کتاب به طرز عجیبی پیدا و چاپ می شود. هرچند که با خواندن مقدمه ای که پسرش بر کتاب نوشته متوجه می شوید که حتی خودشان هم از ایراد های بسیار این کتاب آگاهند.من کتاب دیگری ای از این نویسنده سرشناس نخوندم و متاسفانه با این کتاب شروع کردم.کتاب چیزی نیست جز کلیشه. یا کلیشه های موجود یا کلیشه هایی که خودش خلق می کند. مردان دانشمند و دنیا دیده و پولداری که همه به طرز عجیبی در راه "رن" پسر نابغه ای قرار می گیرند و همگی شیفته چین و آسیا هستند و حرف های زیادی برای گفتن دارند. بارها و بارها تکرار جملات در مورد اهمیت شناخت ادم ها هم کمکی به پر محتوا کردن کتاب نمی کند.حتما شخصیت رن و نبوغش باید شخصیت جذابی را ایجاد می کرد ولی در عوض پسر گمشده ای را می بینید که دنیا را می گردد و تجربیاتی کسب می کند و چون ارتباطی با این کاراکتر برقرار نکردید برایتان اهمیتی ندارد. عشق یا مشکلاتش تحت تاثیر قرارم نداد و تاکید بیش از حد روی نبوغش اوضاع را بدتر کرد.کتاب روی هم رفته داستان معمولی ای بود از زندگی یک پسر متفاوت.

  • Victor Carson
    2019-04-26 11:28

    I have read four of Pearl Buck’s most famous novels: The Good Earth, Sons, Pavilion of Women, and Peony: A Novel of China. I was very interested to learn, therefore, that another previously unknown novel, Eternal Wonder was being published, with a forward by one of the author’s adopted sons, Edgar Walsh. Pearl Buck died about 40 years ago in 1973 at age 80. Her son himself is now about 75 years old. According to Edgar, a handwritten manuscript was found in 2013, together with a typed, slightly revised draft of the book, in a storage locker in Texas. How the manuscript left the author’s possession and who stored that manuscript in Texas is not fully known, although the author’s life was chaotic at its end, when she was under the control of people who were looting her estate. Edgar states, however, that he lived in the author’s home for about 25 years, recognizes her handwriting, and is sure that the novel is genuine, although virtually unedited at the time of Pearl Buck’s death. He and the publishers completed the editing of the book and released it this year, 2013, although Edgar is sure that the author would have made many changes to the first draft had she lived.I found the book interesting but quite different from the author’s early, best-known novels. Pearl Buck wrote a total of 43 novels. Since I have not read the author’s later novels, I can’t say if this novel is similar to the later novels. It is noteworthy, however, that Eternal Wonder is set primarily in the United States, although some sections are set in London and Paris and in Korea. Also, the book is set in roughly the 1950s and early 1960s. The novel is not exactly autobiographical, since the main character is a young man, but the story closely follows the birth, education, and early writing career of an author, whose first novel concerns a family in Korea during the years leading up to the Korean War and the division of Korea into North and South. Also, I found certain sections to be didactic, that is, written to make a statement about certain moral and political questions. The author also seemed uncharacteristically prissy and moralistic dealing with sexual matters.A few quotations may illustrate the differences in style and content.The mindset of an author is already forming at the time of his own father’s death: But now and then a man is born who is more than adaptive. He is creative. He may be a problem to himself, but he solves his problems through his imagination. Once his problems are solved, his mind is free to create. And the more he creates, the more free he is. . . . Of course imagination is the beginning of creation. Without imagination there can be no creation. But I’m not sure that explains art. Perhaps art is the crystallization of emotion. . . . Why did he stay here in this little town, a dot upon the map, his life buried in books, when reality waited for him everywhere in the world? Time enough for books when he grew too old to wander!A very strong reaction, at age 15, to a homosexual incident with a teacher: He had been wounded, he had been insulted, his body violated— and he had lost the friend in whom he had believed with all his heart and soul. Moreover— and this shocked him to new knowledge of himself— his body, while he slept, had physically responded to the stimulation. He was angry with himself, too. Of course he could not continue now with college. What if Sharpe wanted to explain, apologize, try to establish some sort of relationship again? He, himself, was too embarrassed by his own response to even think of it.An heterosexual affair with an older woman in England is both too intense and, then, too juvenile: “How quickly you learn! Oh, darling—is this wicked of me? But some woman must teach you, darling—and why not I? Eh, Rann? Why not I? You’re a man—your body a man’s body—so tall, so strong. Haven’t you—known it? Or has your head been so full of your books—” . . . Every experience is the same—it can never be repeated.” . . . Lady Mary needed a male body to stimulate and satisfy her own need. He was young, physically he was in the full fresh vigor of his sexual manhood. Into that narrow passage of her body his strong thrust excited, exalted, and satisfied her. That was all he was to her, an instrument of gratification.The development of the author continues: His world was still not in himself. Or else, he was only a small single world, however composite, in a world of other worlds, and his undying sense of curiosity and wonder—that powerful inner force that impelled him to every adventure—made him a part of every other world. . . . Books he would always learn from, for people, great people, put the best of themselves into books. Books were a distillation of people. But people would be his teachers, and people were not in schoolrooms. People were everywhere. . . . As it was, it was a human life: birth and childhood, a woman and a man in marriage, children—one dead, one alive. Then death splitting a life in half, and now what was life for this human being except work?The germination of the first novel. How similar to the germination of The Good Earth?: Soon after the old man began to speak in his imagination, Rann carefully wrote down everything he said. He reported every conversation exactly as he heard it, each detail in the long life of the old Korean. Page after page he wrote, night after night, until he saw in his imagination the old man as he lay dying, his two sons standing by his bed, and Rann wrote what he saw and heard. After this night the old man never came upon his imagination again, and Rann felt somehow satisfied in his knowledge of Korea, his thirst quenched for the first time in his life that he could remember.The didactic kickers: The more intelligent and civilized members of human society, on the other hand, are using birth-control methods in their effort to control population growth and, so, are slowly breeding themselves out of existence or at least into what is already a serious minority. . . . Perhaps only the racially mixed person can understand the inborn tragedy of so being. . . . No, my dear one, my children would be racially mixed and therefore, more for me than for them— for I could not bear their pain from separation— they must never exist.I enjoyed Eternal Wonder and recommend it to readers who know Pearl Buck’s other novels. The book is an interesting study of the formation of an author, perhaps of the formation of Pearl Buck herself. The author’s age altered her vision substantially, however, and at age 80 she is no longer the innocent observer of the 1930s. She had an addenda in writing this book and the result is closer to that of an essay than to that of a novel. In fairness, Pearl Buck also put money where she put her words. The novel recommends support for the mixed-race children we Americans have fathered during our military actions and the author provided substantial monetary support to this cause for many years. Given our newer wars, since Korea and Vietnam, we will need to give new attention to this cause.

  • Althea Ann
    2019-05-19 17:05

    I loved 'The Good Earth,' when I was a kid. For some reason I never really pursued her other novels - one of those 'always meant to, but never got around to it' things. So - I was quite excited to get this from Goodreads' First Reads program. (Thank You!)Unfortunately, this is not a good book.The introduction (written by Buck's son and literary executor) makes it clear that he's aware of that. I got that feeling that,after having paid to retrieve the manuscript, which was apparently stolen from the dying Buck's bedside, or something, it was going to be published no matter what. And after all, she is a famous, Nobel-Prize-winning author, and it's good to have it available for literary completeness.Reading this book is like listening to a well-meaning, good-hearted, but hopelessly behind-the-times elderly person ramble on. Although it was probably written in the early 1970's (Buck passed away in 1973), the 'feeling' and concerns of the book are more what I'd think of as coming from the 1940's. And - it really lacks plot structure.It's the story of Randolph - or "Rann," who's a child prodigy/genius. But - his supposed genius IQ doesn't really inform the story in any way, which is odd. A huge chunk of the beginning of the book is devoted to his being in the womb, and being an infant - which, I suppose, gives us an insight into Pearl Buck's ideas about child development, but is extremely boring.We move on, following Rann through life. At an early age, his father dies, leaving him with a tragic background.He gets molested by one of his professors, which is an opportunity for Buck to give us her rather peculiar ideas about gay people. (The ideas in this section are strikingly outdated to any modern reader).Then he moves on to have a relationship where he gets taken advantage of by a wealthy older widow. Then he moves on, and falls in love with a young half-Chinese woman. Buck was a huge activist for the rights of mixed-race individuals, but again, her efforts here to describe the plight of this woman and others like her is: first - overblown to a nuclear degree, and second - again, feels way out of touch with the decade that she was writing in. The events of the story don't really work, either in the way that I suspect she intended them to, or in any other way.Then, the book ends, just sort of randomly, leaving the reader with the feeling of having been presented with a string of unrelated events, rather than a crafted story.I'll really have to read something else by Buck.

  • Carol Brill
    2019-05-13 16:17

    I think this is my first Pearl S. Buck book. It was more accessible than I expected, not a book I would have picked if I didn't have to read for a book club, but a quick, easy read. It starts when the main character, Rannie/Rann is in the womb, which didn't immediately engage me but intrigued me enough to keep turning pages. Rann is a very curious genius always wondering and eager to learn--hence, The Eternal Wonder

  • Sherilyn
    2019-05-18 15:25

    It's so unfortunate that Pearl Buck was not able to finish editing this book. I would love to see what it would have become. As it is, I was captivated by this story of a child prodigy nurtured well by loving parents who desired for him to wonder eternally and saw him also as an eternal wonder. Unfortunately, by the time I got to the last 25 pages, my interest dropped right off. I simply did not care how it ended. I skimmed through them to be true to my having read the book, but the end was even worse than I could have imagined. It was a grave disappointment as Pearl Buck is a favorite author of mine. It saddens me to think it may have been a disappointment to her as well for it to have been published in its present form. I can't imagine her being satisfied with this. I've given this book 3 stars because the majority of the book was enjoyable, but I couldn't recommend it.

  • Barbara
    2019-05-21 16:15

    This book is so awful that I am embarrassed for Pearl Buck. The plot hangs on so many coincidences and improbabilities, the writing is not subtle or skilled or lyrical or evocative, nothing. The characters are black or white, so in-your-face with their defining characteristic that there is no suspense or wondering left. The over-reaction of Stephanie in the closing chapters in absolutely unbelievable, perhaps the only surprise in the book, though it is without foundation. I only stuck to the end of the book as a tribute to the author.

  • Sofia Teixeira
    2019-05-07 17:15

    Para muitos, Pearl S. Buck é uma das melhores escritoras do universo literário. Ganhou um Pulitzer, um Nobel da Literatura e a sua obra é vasta. The Eternal Wonder, ou A Eterna Demanda, é um livro que só agora é publicado pois o seu manuscrito andou perdido após a sua morte. Publicar uma obra não terminada/revista pela própria autora é sempre um risco, mas claro que os manuscritos perdidos e reencontrados décadas depois trazem sempre com eles uma aura de mistério e fascínio - seria imperdoável não dá-lo a conhecer ao público. O risco que isto acarreta é que poderá ser uma versão não final do rumo da história que a autora poderia querer dar, mas só podemos especular. Estamos perante um livro que desde o início nos introduz ao mundo por uma perspectiva muito particular, a de Rann (Randolph). Começamos desde que este está no útero da sua mãe, com uma escrita descritiva magnífica no caminho da descoberta inocente, mas extremamente simples e directa, muito sensitiva, para uma evolução precoce no intelecto do mesmo. A sua inteligência evolui rapidamente, mas a sua sensibilidade na percepção do que o rodeia não acompanha de forma tão expedita. Rann vai crescendo dentro dos seus conceitos muito literais porém, com a ajuda do pai, a compreensão vai chegando. Aos 12 anos está já capaz de ingressar na faculdade, mas achando-o novo demais, o pai decide pegar na família e planear uma viagem pelo mundo. Só que tal nunca acontece. O pai morre, ele sente-se perdido e sem saber como lidar com a mãe, e uma série de acontecimentos fazem com que ele decida então viajar sozinho. É aqui que a verdadeira aventura começa e onde os acontecimentos de precipitam uns a seguir aos outros de forma bastante rápida.Peço desculpa pelo pequeno spoiler acima, mas tinha de o referir se quero enaltecer a ligação que Rann e o pai tinham e a forma como essa perda acaba por influenciar o seu futuro. Houve algumas atitudes, até por parte da mãe, que me deixaram algo confusa e que vocês poderão constatar ao lerem e ao chegarem à parte em que um certo professor entra na vida de Rann. E tal como aqui, também o fim soa a algo desesperado, uma angústia que desce como um balde de água fria.Nunca li outras obras de Pearl S. Buck, mas já sobre as mesmas. Talvez esta não seja uma obra prima, mas há muita riqueza nas palavras que são dialogadas e pensadas. As minhas partes favoritas foram, sem dúvida, as de reflexão e introspecção por parte de Rann. A descoberta de si mesmo, a constatação da diferença e do poder de fazer a diferença, conjugados com todas as possíveis inseguranças e incertezas, são tudo aspectos muito bem explorados. Compreendendo, ou não, algumas das opções, é preciso ter em mente que este é então um manuscrito que talvez possa não ter uma versão final, mas que ainda assim revela uma eloquência e uma visão das tradições e das vidas dos povos abordados muito clara e sentida. Sou da opinião que vale a pena ler.

  • David Kinchen
    2019-05-19 13:04

    BOOK REVIEW: 'The Eternal Wonder': Pearl Buck's Last Novel Manuscript Discovered in Texas Storage UnitREVIEWED BY DAVID M. KINCHENAcclaimed novelist Pearl S. Buck was the first American woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1938 for her body of work. She had previously won the Pulitzer Prize for her most famous novel, "The Good Earth," published in 1931 and a bestseller that year and in 1932 and made into a movie in 1937.Pearl Comfort Sydenstricker was born on June 26, 1892 in Hillsboro, West Virginia to missionary parents on home leave from China. She spent many years in turbulent China, returning the States for her undergraduate and master's degrees. Buck was a prolific writer, but the discovery of her final book, "The Eternal Wonder" (Open Road Media, quality paperback, 304 pages, also available as an eBook, $16.99) sounds like an incident from a novel; the manuscript was discovered in 2012 -- almost 40 years after her death in 1973 -- in a storage unit in Fort Worth, Texas. Link to the NPR story on the discovery: http://www.npr.org/2013/05/25/1863188...Fans of Pearl Buck will immediately detect many of the themes she wrote about in novels and nonfiction books in this coming-of-age tale of a child prodigy, Randolph (Rann) Colfax, born to an Ohio professor and his wife. Rann displays his love of reading and delight in "The Eternal Wonder" of the world as a toddler. He also discovers the wonders of the female of the species at an early age, and experiences a sexual awakening with an older (she's in her 30s) English widow named Lady Mary. But the love of his life is a Chinese-Caucasian woman named Stephanie Kung whom he meets during his stay in Paris. Stephanie lives with her Chinese father, who sells Asian art and artifacts -- but only to people who meet his exacting standards of taste. Lacking an heir to carry on his name, Kung tries to convince two unwilling people -- Rann and Stephanie -- to marry. I won't reveal the reason why Stephanie Kung doesn't want to marry a man she clearly loves -- it's a spoiler.Rann Colfax's experiences reminded me of those of the central figures in F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (minus the aging- in-reverse McGuffin) and Winston Groom's "Forrest Gump" -- both turned into movies. Rann experiences literary fame and its fallout after writing a best-selling book about Korea, following his service in the Army. This undoubtedly reflects the instant fame experienced by Buck after the publication of "The Good Earth." At the time Buck was married to her publisher, Richard Walsh, and the description of what happens to Rann Colfax obviously draws upon what happened to Buck, especially how she deals with the news media.Buck was well known in humanitarian circles for seeking justice for mixed-race -- particularly Asian-Caucasian -- children. This is reflected in her wonderful portrayal of Stephanie Kung, whose American mother deserted her when she was six years old.If you haven't read any Pearl Buck novels in a long time -- or ever -- "The Eternal Wonder" will be an excellent introduction to the much honored writer.Publisher's website: www.openroadmedia.com

  • Lynn Demsky
    2019-05-24 16:18

    "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, 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 no contact with her American mother, who 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 feels alienated from society by her mixed heritage and struggles to resolve the culture clash of her existence. 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. ""The Eternal Wonder", held so many truths that as the world matures maybe, someday soon, so will all the individuals! I was so pleased to able to obtain a copy of this book. I have always enjoyed Pearl S. Buck's writing ---- and, have sadly missed her intelligence in writing fiction that is "real" and holds so much reality! As much as I relished this book, it wasn't quite as good as a lot of older ones (but then who knows if she had truly finished this one). It also appeared to be way too short. Parts just seemed unfinished plus the ending wasn't what I desired. So good to find a long lost old friend that makes you really use your ability to think in reading her books! I will always miss her! But this book is well worth the read!

  • Angela Schaffer
    2019-05-07 18:31

    By popular request, I have reactivated my long-unused goodreads account. You're welcome all! I thus begin my reviews with Pearl S. Buck's recently discovered novel. Just in case you didn't know, The Good Earth is my favorite novel. Therefore, I was excited to learn of this recently discovered treasure. This novel was lost for forty years and recently edited and posthumously released with the assistance of Buck's adopted son. This novels follows the life of Randolph (Rann) Colfax, an exceptionally talented and gifted young man from his moments in his mother's womb to his maturity into a man -- finding love and knowing heartache. Along the way, though, Rann never truly discovers the meaning of life -- and it is thus life itself which remains the eternal wonder. Buck's representatives did a wonderful job of editing this lost manuscript in her absence. Although I did not enjoy this quite as much as The Good Earth, I still found this to be a worth-while read. Buck's language is, as always, compelling. I particularly enjoyed the recommendation to "take each day as a separate page, to be read carefully, savoring all the details."

  • Sara
    2019-05-15 12:05

    Well, I just can't imagine what all the 4 stars are for. Everywhere this kid goes someone is laying out silk pajamas for him, he is a genus, and quite wealthy people are also eager to give their money to him. None of this makes him interesting, he has no real internal/external struggles that make the character someone interesting. The people that enter his life are entertaining but the book itself is boring and dated in funny ways. Don't get me wrong, I love stories that have endured the ages, but that ones hits many forgettable cliches. The way the mother reacts to a gay guy treating him as a pitiful unnatural phenomenon, or the (spoiler ahead-->) half Chinese girl who refuses to marry him or have kids because life has been so cruel to her being biracial and rich, well educated, and well traveled. In fact she offs herself. It was beyond ridiculous, and I pressed on with this book because I really like Pearl S. Buck, not the book. Don't waste your time. Didn't I mention the relentless sexism? Yeah that too. The only reason I gave 2 stars instead of one is I like Ms. Bucks writing style.

  • Judith
    2019-05-11 11:27

    Pearl Buck is one of my favorite authors so when I read that a manuscript of hers had recently surfaced some 40 years after her death, I was naturally curious. The book is readable and I don't question its authenticity because I have no expertise in that area. However, I will never think of this book in the same category as "The Good Earth" or "Fighting Angel", if indeed I think of the book at all. And for me, that says it all: Pearl Buck's books are unforgettable and this one is not. It is a small story of a boy genius and how he thrives very successfully in the world. That's about it.

  • Peggy
    2019-05-23 18:31

    In the foreword, mention is made that this book could have been improved with some editing and re-writing and I agree. The beginning was too long, the ending was too short. It is classic Buck though and well worth reading. I felt a connection between Rann's personality and Buck herself--she was a woman of great intelligence. Her explanation of Rann's compulsion to write was revealing. This book takes you on a journey to several countries and Buck provides superb descriptions of the cities Rann visits--you feel you were there with him.

  • Ângela
    2019-05-25 15:07

    “Wandering is never waste, dear boy,' he said. 'While you wander you will find much to wonder about, and wonder is the first step to creation.”

  • Jinn
    2019-05-05 16:24

    I like Pearl S. Buck's writing style. It's easy to read and understand, and especially funny. At some point, you forget you're reading a book. That's the experience I had when I read The Good Earth.Few months ago, I heard that her final novel had been stolen and restored to her family and was going to be published this fall. I was really excited. How could anyone have thought that s/he has a chance to read Pearl S. Buck newly-released novel!(view spoiler)[Well.. the book was overall enjoyable. At first, I thought I was reading developmental psychology material. I don't know if she studied developmental psychology but it was quite similar with my textbook. Am I the only person who feel shallowness on Pearl S. Buck's book? Well, people said that she had lived in China and she tried to deliver oriental spirit. But as a person who have been living in far east my entire life, her book doesn't have that much 'oriental'. Just enumerating some events or accidents without deep thought. Characters are too simple. This book, The Eternal Wonder, also, I feel like that characters are little bit plain, without development or change. They are what they are from the beginning to end. Besides the characters, the most disturbing thing in this novel is the ending. So, yes, Stephanie died and Rann lost his love. However, if the author ended the novel like this, what's the point of this novel? What did she wanted to deliver? I'm not saying that every book must have some big social issue in it, but at least, every book has to have one theme which is related with the every part in the novel. She had used so many pages and time to develop Rann, and (in my opinion) dumped him in the end. I guess endless, ceaseless wonder is what she wanted to say, but I am not sure.(hide spoiler)]

  • Martin Yankov
    2019-05-24 16:06

    Okay, this was disappointing. I've read three other novels by Pearl S. Buck and I more or less loved each of them. This one is... definitely not that good. It was actually an unpublished manuscript, found years after her death. I can totally see why she never bothered to publish it.It's a coming-of-age story about a genius young boy, who explores the world. He has an exceptional mind, which both a blessing and a curse. The main character is described as breathtakingly handsome and all the women he meets (plus some men) want to sleep with him, but he's kinda sexually frustrated, if you ask me. The first 10 or 20 pages describe how he feels in his mother's womb, which was weird. I liked it for a paragraph or two, but it kept on and on and I desperately wanted him to get born and grow up already. And when that happened, things didn't improve much. There are some little things I enjoyed - bits and pieces here and there. I could feel Buck's soul from time to time, her gentle humanity, there were these short scenes when I though "Oh! It's her, it's really her!". So I think this novel COULD be better, but it needs heavy editing. Maybe that's what Buck thought when she first wrote it, so she saved it for later, but she never had the time to revisit it and make it publishable... Anyway, despite the rare nice moment I'd still advise you to just skip this title. It's not really wroth it.

  • Carolyn
    2019-05-16 15:31

    This book, with other papers of Pearl S. Buck, disappeared after apparently being stolen around the time of her death in 1973 and found 40 years later in a storage space whose contents were auctioned off for nonpayment of rent. It is now published by the author's daughter, who admits it is flawed; it was edited by her and others. It has an old-fashioned feel to it, especially regarding the shock and horror expressed by the protagonist at the possibility of a gay relationship, and his mother's advice about the respected teacher who made advances to him. The protagonist's life is described beginning with his sensations as a fetus, continuing with his development as a child prodigy, learning to read at 3 and finishing high school at 12. Somehow Buck's imagination of the young man's life didn't ring true to me and often seemed banal. I'll leave out the spoilers. Pearl S. Buck should be remembered for _The Good Earth_ and some of her other earlier works.

  • Mindy
    2019-04-29 15:28

    Major disappointment. I'm a huge Pearl Buck fan---read The Good Earth multiple times. It is very surprising that this The Eternal Wonder is her last book---reads more like a first attempt at a novel---one written at age 14 when the writer is just cutting her writing teeth, lacking much life experiences to add depth. The characters were flat--Rann, Stephanie,the mother, the professor--none of them had the subtle, layered paint strokes of Buck's earlier works that let you see right into the depths of characters. Whereas she accomplished that in other works almost like the spare brush strokes of Chinese artwork, this book was just clunky and mechanical. I found myself rolling my eyes a few times as Rann and his mother went on and on about his "specialness". Alright, already! Show us, don't tell us!Also, Buck's obvious homophobia was a disappointment.

  • Angie
    2019-05-14 16:04

    I really enjoyed the first 2/3 of this story. I loved his hunger for knowledge and his wonder early on, but felt his wonder dried up and the story shifted towards more of a romance than I was expecting. Buck's writing deserves four stars, but I keep waffling, wondering if it deserves 3 for the ending. It just felt like two different stories. Like when you see a great movie with a disappointing sequel. I just feel like the book I started and the book I finished were two separate books. All in all, I enjoyed reading it, and never found myself bored, so that has to be worth something. 3 stars? 3.5 stars? 4 stars? I'm not sure where this one will land in the long run.

  • Hope Barker
    2019-05-13 15:20

    Just finished this book for tomorrow's book club. I hardly know what to say. I am stunned by how bad it is. Granted, the introduction by Pearl Buck's son warns us that it has "rough spots" and "is far from perfect" but that is putting it mildly. The whole style of writing and plot is just weird. It begins with the main character still in utero and marches us through the life of a very unrealistic person as he encounters very unrealistic situations with unrealistic outcomes. It's like a fantasy, yet it's not supposed to be a fantasy. It's didactic and arrogant, espousing very strange ideas about homosexuality, morality, "race mixing", sex, love, art, beauty and well, you get the idea...,

  • Esther Bos
    2019-05-18 19:13

    This book was a disappointment to me. Published posthumously, Pearl Buck hadn't revised and fully prepared this novel for publishing. Hopefully, she would have done it differently. After reading and re-reading and enjoying The Good Earth years after it was published, I was hoping to get another good book from this author, but it didn't happen. The characters were not compelling and the story line was weak.Pearl Buck's son wrote up the story of her life and of the discovery of this nearly finished novel. This little essay was interesting.

  • Rose
    2019-05-03 12:30

    Recovered and published some 40 years after her death, Pearl Buck's 44th novel, a coming-of-age story, explores Rann Colfax's psychological development from pre-birth to young manhood. Buck's simply elegant style engages the reader in discovering the role of wonder in gaining knowledge along with Rann. She also provides insight into the creative psyche. I gathered enough nuggets of wisdom from this book to fill 13 pages in my reading journal. I think everyone with young children and everyone interested in the creative process should read The Eternal Wonder.

  • Camilla
    2019-05-22 13:06

    I just read the last page of this book. I almost read non stop, but it gave me headaches doing so. So much to ponder. So many statements made by Pearl Buck showing a deep love of humans without regard to skin colour or nationality. The beginning is brilliant. Life as experienced by a fetus! Her thoughts on Science and Art were so worth thinking about. Always was and still remain a Pearl Buck fan.

  • Julie Johnson
    2019-05-05 19:08

    Don't read this expecting The Good Earth because it is not. And it is unfair to have such an expectation. This is a work-in-the-making, and I am glad I read it.

  • Mom
    2019-05-19 19:18

    So Pearl Buck has written some incredible books (The Good Earth, Peony, My Several Worlds, etc) but this is not one of them. Writing was fluid and enjoyable but the characters were stilted, certainly not real. Dialog was often more philosophical lecture than conversation. But mostly, the plot is what disappoints: a young man is tall, healthy, extraordinarily handsome, brilliant, with a fantastic memory. He is given almost unlimited freedom by his parents, is given a home and virtually unlimited money by his grandfather (whom he had never met before) and so is free to travel the world with no worries and no need to work. The women he meets fall instantly in love with him. He lives in mansions, in castles.... My main response to the book was that it was stupid. The plot concerns Buck's lifelong attention to intercultural relationships and the need for tolerance and appreciation of other cultures. But the plot and characters are lacking; if you are not familiar with Pearl Buck's writing, for sure read her books, almost any of them. Just not this one.

  • Diana Dincau
    2019-05-25 16:06

    Admito que el inicio del libro se me hizo un poco extraño. Ya que está contado en torno a la vida del protagonista, pero literalmente desde su inicio. Es decir, desde el momento que está en el vientre, cuando nace, su infancia, etc. Gran parte de este periodo de la obra me pareció innecesaria, lo que hizo que la lectura se me hiciera un poco lenta. También bajé puntos porque las descripciones eran muy extensas, y los diálogos, aunque no escaseaban era como que...tardaban en llegar. Había muchos párrafos dedicados a la ambientación de una escena o etapa de la vida del personaje principal, que me era tedioso leer toda esa introducción. El final en sí no me pareció lo mejor de todo el libro, pero creo que por lo menos pude entender la idea de la autora de que lo que hoy tenemos puede faltarnos mañana. Que las circunstancias nos hacen a nosotros y no nosotros a las circunstancias, si vivimos tratando de cambiar todo lo que nos molesta o nos duele, dejamos de vivir por lo que nos hace sonreír. Leer la reseña completa