City of Tranquil Light by Bo Caldwell - 287 pages
Book Blurb:Will Kiehn is seemingly destined for life as a humble farmer in the Midwest when, having felt a call from God, he travels to the vast North China Plain in the early twentieth-century. There he is surprised by love and weds a strong and determined fellow missionary, Katherine. They soon find themselves witnesses to the crumbling of a more than two-thousand-year-old dynasty that plunges the country into decades of civil war. As the couple works to improve the lives of the people of Kuang P'ing Ch'eng— City of Tranquil Light, a place they come to love—and face incredible hardship, will their faith and relationship be enough to sustain them?
My Review: 4.5 starsAfter waiting what seems like forever for Bo Caldwell to release another book, I've decided it was well worth the wait. Reminiscent story telling as in The Distant Land of My Father, this book creates China to be it's own wonderful character.
The subject was loosely based on the author's own family and it brought me back to The Good Earth by Pearl Buck mixed with a dollop of The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver.
Their commitment to their faith was believable, beautiful and inspiring.
Quotes I liked:
I love the parable on p.73 about the father and son. It will stay with me for a long time after finishing this book.
P. 45. “According to Confucius, this realization (of the few things I know was how much I didn't know) was the beginning of wisdom. ‘To know what you know and know what you don't know is the characteristics of one who knows.'"
Tags: Asian, Historical Fiction
Labels: 2011, Asian, Historical Fiction