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The Good Earth (Contemporary Classics (Washington Square Press)) (edition 1999)

by Pearl S. Buck

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Title:The Good Earth (Contemporary Classics (Washington Square Press))
Authors:Pearl S. Buck
Info:Washington Square Press (1999), Paperback, 368 pages
Collections:China, Your library
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The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck

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The Good Earth by Pearl Buck is a fiction about a poor farmer, Wang Lung, who is blessed with a year of plentiful produce and buys land from the House of Hwang, a failing hierarchy. Once he gets a taste of his new found wealth, he desires things that he earlier would have thought pointless. Once rich and old, the only thing he desires is peace. Although Buck writes in a relatively simple style, she layers the story of Wang Lung with thoughtful ideas. This novel is about desires that come from riches and reveals that wealth has the potential to destroy family and traditional values. Buck stresses the importance of family and simplicity. The paragraphs that she does not employ to continue the plot, usually focus instead on little problems or adventures of Wang Lung, which I thought to be rich with culture and wisdom, making this book charming and captivating. I enjoyed reading about how Wang Lung’s life improves tremendously, as he finds new wealth and as he buys items that make him and his family happy. However, Buck also causes the reader to feel pity and hatred when Wang spends his fortune foolishly. One flaw in the book that the reader could easily predict is that Wang Lung’s relationships with his family and beloved land would soon weaken and he would end up facing similar problems to those of the House of Hwang. Through Wang Lung’s life and adventures, Buck displays some of her own experiences growing up in the Chinese culture. Overall, The Good Earth is an enjoyable book that portrays an intriguing story of one character’s journey to reach happiness. ( )
  jacquescp6 | May 1, 2014 |
The vivid description make you become part of the story. I had a hard time putting the book down even in the tough parts of the story. I love that it is apart of my home library classics! ( )
  emmartin9 | Mar 6, 2014 |
So much better than the movie version I saw as a teenager! There were aspects that I found hard to take as a modern American woman (calling baby girl children 'slaves' for example), but once I swallowed my indignation, I found the story compelling and at places heart-breaking.

Anthony Heald did an excellent job with the narration. ( )
  leslie.98 | Feb 14, 2014 |
I really enjoyed this story--it was written like an extended fable. ( )
  AngelaLaughing | Jan 25, 2014 |
The Good Earth was not very appealing to me. It focuses on China in the 1900's with main character, and farmer, Wang Lung. Basically, the novel focuses on the ups and downs of agricultural production in China during the given time period. One year Wang and his family are prosperous, and the next they are poor and living on only rice. At first, the book seems somewhat interesting. But the problem is that this is a very limited topic. There are only so many details one can provide about such a repetitive process(farming in china). After hearing the same ups and downs throughout an entire novel, it is fairly easy for a reader to become apathetic. The way I see it, in order to fully indulge in a book that covers such a dull topic, one must be a true lover of agricultural survival processes. Also, there is really no emotional aspect to this book. It is known that men were always favored in Chinese societies, which is shown in the relationship between Wang and his wife. There seems to be no real feeling of love making the story even more uneventful. Based on these traits, I would not recommend this book to readers. Worshipers of history may enjoy it, but they are part of a select few.
  Thomas28 | Jan 23, 2014 |
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...This was what Vinteuil had done for the little phrase. Swann felt that the composer had been content (with the instruments at his disposal) to draw aside its veil, to make it visible, following and respecting its outlines with a hand so loving, so prudent, so delicate and so sure, that the sound altered at every moment, blunting itself to indicate a shadow, springing back into life when it must follow the curve of some more bold projection. And one proof that Swann was not mistaken when believed in the real existence of this phrase was that anyone with an ear at all delicate for music would have at once detected the imposture had Vinteuil, endowed with less power to see and to render its forms, sought to dissemble (by adding a line, here and there, of his own invention) the dimness of his vision or the feebleness of his hand. -- Swann's Way, by Marcel Proust
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It was Wang Lung's marriage day.
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He had no articulate thought of anything; there was only this perfect sympathy of movement, of turning this earth of theirs over and over to the sun, this earth which formed their home and fed their bodies and made their gods. The earth lay rich and dark, and fell apart lightly under the points of their hoes, Sometimes they turned up a bit of brick, a splinter of wood. It was nothing. Sometimes, in some age, bodies of men and women had been buried there, houses had stood there, had fallen, and gone back into the earth. So would also their house, sometime, return into the earth, their bodies also. Each had his turn at this earth. They worked on, moving together – together – producing the fruit of this earth – speechless in their movement together.
…he said nothing still, she looked at him piteously and sadly out of her strange dumb eyes that were like a beast’s eyes that cannot speak, and then she went away, creeping and feeling for the door because of her tears that blinded her.

Wang Lung watched her as she went and he was glad to be alone, but still he was ashamed and he was still angry that he was ashamed, and he said to himself, and he muttered the words aloud and restlessly, as though he quarreled with someone, “Well, and other men are so and I have been good enough to her, and there are men worse than I.” And he said at last that O-lan must bear it.
My house and my land it is, and if it were not for the land we should all starve as the others did, and you could not walk about in your dainty robes idle as a scholar. It is the good land that has made you something better than a farmer’s lad.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0743272935, Paperback)

Pearl S. Buck's epic

Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of a China that was

-- now in a Contemporary Classics

edition.

Though more than sixty years have passed

since this remarkable novel won the Pulitzer

Prize, it has retained its popularity and become

one of the great modern classics. "I can only

write what I know, and I know nothing but China,

having always lived there," wrote Pearl Buck. In

The Good Earth she presents a graphic

view of a China when the last emperor reigned

and the vast political and social upheavals of

the twentieth century were but distant rumblings

for the ordinary people. This moving, classic

story of the honest farmer Wang Lung and his

selfless wife O-lan is must reading for those

who would fully appreciate the sweeping changes

that have occurred in the lives of the Chinese

people during this century.

Nobel Prize winner Pearl S. Buck traces the

whole cycle of life: its terrors, its passions,

its ambitions and rewards. Her brilliant novel

-- beloved by millions of readers -- is a

universal tale of the destiny of man.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:26:01 -0400)

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Pearl S. Buck's epic Pulitzer prize-winning novel of a China that was now in a contemporary classics edition. Though more than sixty years have passed since this remarkable novel won the Pulitzer prize, it has retained its popularity and become one of the great modern classics. "I can only write what I know, and I know nothing but China, having always lived there," wrote Pearl Buck. In the Good Earth she presents a graphic view of a China when the last emperor reigned and the vast political and social upheavals of the twentieth century were but distant rumblings for the ordinary people. This moving, classic story of the honest farmer Wang Lung and his selfless wife o-lan is must reading for those who would fully appreciate the sweeping changes that have occurred in the lives of the Chinese people during this century. Nobel Prize winner Pearl S. Buck traces the whole cycle of life: its terrors, its passions, its ambitions and rewards. Her brilliant novel, beloved by millions of readers, is a universal tale of the destiny of man. Enduring literature illuminated by practical scholarship a poignant tale about the life and labors of a Chinese farmer during the sweeping reign of the country s last emperor. Each enriched classic edition includes: A concise introduction that gives readers important background information, a chronology of the author's life and work, a timeline of significant events that provides the book's historical context, an outline of key themes and plot points to help readers form their own interpretations, detailed explanatory notes, a critical analysis, including contemporary and modern perspectives on the work, discussion questions to promote lively classroom and book group interaction, a list of recommended related books and films to broaden the reader's experience. Enriched Classics offer readers affordable editions of great works of literature enhanced by helpful notes and insightful commentary. The scholarship provided in Enriched Classics enables readers to appreciate, understand, and enjoy the world's finest books to their full potential. Pulitzer Prize fiction, 1932.… (more)

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