American Literature

God's Men: A Novel

By Pearl S. Buck

An captivating story, divided among China and the US, of 2 buddies encouraged via greatly adverse ideals
This deeply felt novel tells the tale of William Lane and Clem Miller, americans who meet in China as youths on the finish of the 19th century. Separated by means of the Boxer uprising, they’re destined to commute wildly diverse classes in existence. From a historical past of wealth and privilege, William turns into a power-hungry and controlling media tycoon. in contrast, Clem, whose relations survived on charity transforming into up, is engrossed by means of a project—which he works on eternally, possibly naively, with his chemist wife—to dispose of global poverty. the 2 finally end up in the US and meet back, each one profitable in his personal quarter, and as comparable of their depth as they're various of their values. God’s Men is a wealthy and layered portrayal of lives set alight by way of ambition.
This e-book beneficial properties an illustrated biography of Pearl S. dollar together with infrequent photos from the author’s estate.

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A guy wishes sufficient room to swing a cat in. ” Room, that was once what cash gave. an important condo to stay in, months within which to idle beside the ocean, to reside iciness in summer time and summer season in iciness, to shop for with out asking the associated fee. “Yet you don’t appear to take pleasure in lifestyles greatly, William,” she acknowledged fairly painfully. She had a profound ability for entertainment with no experience of guilt. Her father had frankly loved getting wealthy and he distrusted all charities. She teased him occasionally by way of asserting that he had turn into a Christian Scientist in order that he may possibly forget about the sufferings of others. He had grinned and refused to be teased. “Maybe you’re correct, daughter. Who understands why we do something? ” Then he had grew to become grim. “If I see someone ravenous, with my very own eyes, I’ll feed ’em. I won’t pay out sturdy funds for what I don’t see. Ten to 1 they’re lazy. in the event that they hustled like I did. …” Even going to church, whereas a social accountability, had not anything to do with giving his funds to strangers. Roger Cameron had cultivated no judgment of right and wrong in his youngsters and Candace had grown up believing that excitement used to be her basic career, as soon as the dinner was once deliberate and the youngsters cared for. yet no excitement she devised may perhaps coax William from himself, or no matter what it used to be that he dwelled upon in his soul. A ball which she deliberate as fortunately as a baby could plan a celebration fretted him with element. A dish badly served spoiled his dinner. A servant who used to be no longer good trained—but of servants she wouldn't imagine. He demanded of these in his provider a level of obedience and admire and outward decorum which had made her wretched until eventually her father had came across her crying sooner or later. He had a fashion of coming to determine her on my own while he knew William used to be at his place of work. He took a cab and got here the entire means from Wall highway to reach at 3 o’clock within the afternoon or at 11 o’clock within the morning. On one any such stopover at he acknowledged, after he had inquired as to the reason for the tears his smart eyes had visible despite powder or even a splash of rouge, “You can’t locate american citizens who’ll supply William the provider he desires. We don’t recognize ourselves sufficient but. We’ve consistently received to be exhibiting that we’re autonomous and don’t need to obey anyone. in addition to, we’re too sincere. once we hate anyone we act grotesque. You rent your place filled with English, Candy—they can act great whereas they’re stirrin’ up poison for you. An English servant can polish your footwear as if he enjoyed it. in fact he don’t. ” So she had stuffed the home with English servants, and a butler and a housekeeper saved their eyes upon William, the grasp. “I don’t be aware of that existence is simply to be enjoyed,” William now acknowledged. She was once nonetheless crouching beside him. Idly she had taken certainly one of his fingers and fiddling with the palms, she spotted the unusual stiffness of his muscle tissue. “What’s existence for? ” she requested, now not waiting for a solution. “I don’t be aware of, I don’t believe an individual does, precisely. We’re the following, that’s all. ” “It is for anything greater than entertainment. ” He disliked her fidgeting with his hand and he drew it away, ostensibly to gentle a cigarette.

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