To the Chinese the dragon is not an evil creature, but is a god and the friend of men who worship him. He "holds in his power prosperity and peace." Ruling the waters and the winds, he sends the good rain, is hence the symbol of fecundity. In the Hsia dynasty two dragons fought a great duel until both disappeared, leaving only a fertile foam from which were born the descendants of the Hsia. Thus, the dragons came to be looked upon as the ancestors of a race of heroes. This is the story of China at War.
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I never read the print edition of Dragon Seed.
Dragon Seed is not just another war story. It is a complex look into the lives of a simple farm family in China during peace time, then as a war approaches, then during and after the struggle. The relationships between the family members and the way they accept their roles in the family and society shocked my western sensibilities. I realized how much I take for granted about being an American in 2013 and how different life could be for me if I lived in a different time and place.
Adam Verner brings sympathy to the story. He sympathetically tailors each character's voice and attitude. He voice is quiet and haunting and lends mystery and foreboding.
I would take Pansiao because she has to put up with so much of what I would call abuse even from people who are supposed to love her.
This is a wonderful book as are all of Pearl S. Buck's books. I got a little depressed reading this however, so I am going after something more lighthearted next time.