The Eternal Wonder

Title: The Eternal Wonder
Author: Pearl S. Buck
Indonesian Title: Pencarian yang Hakiki
Translator: Lanny Murtihardjana
Publisher: PT Gramedia Pustaka Utama, 2016
382 pages

I remember I read The Good Earth, the most famous literature written by Pearl S. Buck back in 1990s. This compassionate portrait of peasants in China that was published in 1931  haunting me and made me curious about Chinese's culture, the life, and everything there. Pearl S. Buck had her own way in delivering her vivid story, since she herself lived in China for a long time following her parents who worked as Presbyterian Missionaries, and made readers wanted to read her works more. She won the Pulitzer prize in 1932 for The Good Earth and she's the first American woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1938.

I read almost all her works. When I heard that a hand-written manuscript was discovered on January 2013, forty years after her death, I just couldn't wait to read it. The manuscript was found in a storage unit in Texas and finally returned to the Buck family. No body knew how on earth this manuscript could end up in Texas yet Pearl's son, Edgar Walsh decided to have the novel published even though his mother died before she was able to revise it.  Pearl was dead of cancer in 1973.

The Eternal Wonder is a story of a young guy, Randolph "Rann" Colfax, an extraordinary gifted young man whose search for meaning and purpose of life leads him to New York, England, Paris and a mission patrolling in Korea that will change his life forever.   

In his search of the real meaning of life, he meets Stephanie Kung who lives in Paris with her Chinese father. Stephanie's mother is an American woman who left her since she was a small girl. Rann and Stephanie both are young people who have lots of questions about life and other things. Life brings destinies to them and they have to accept it, no matter what.

Not Pearl S. Buck at her best but it is still beautiful. Recommended. If you never read Pearl S. Buck's work before, this one is easy to enjoy.

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4 comments:

ferina October 19, 2016 at 5:03 PM  

mbak, gak surabaya?? ada big bad wolf lho, di sana :D

riana October 19, 2016 at 9:26 PM  

ya...ampyunnn fer, buntelan big bad wolf yg di ICE aja belum kelar2, #TumbenInsyaf... :p

ferina October 20, 2016 at 9:11 AM  

hahaha.. gak bisa ke surabaya, banyak yang terima jasa titip buku tuh #tebarracun ....

riana October 20, 2016 at 9:48 PM  

yang bener, bisa nitip? #ImanLemahGampangBangetTergoda hahaha...

tapi beneran harus beresin buntelah yang menggunung dulu deh, semoga pas big bad wolf di jakarta tahun depan, buntelan sudah tuntas (supaya ga merasa terlalu berdosa) :p