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The Good Earth

por Pearl S. Buck

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"This Pulitzer Prize-winning classic tells the poignant tale of a Chinese farmer and his family in old agrarian China. The humble Wang Lung glories in the soil he works, nurturing the land as it nurtures him and his family. Nearby, the nobles of the House of Hwang consider themselves above the land and its workers; but they will soon meet their own downfall. Hard times come upon Wang Lung and his family when flood and drought force them to seek work in the city. The working people riot, breaking into the homes of the rich and forcing them to flee. When Wang Lung shows mercy to one noble and is rewarded, he begins to rise in the world, even as the House of Hwang falls" -- from publisher's web site.… (mais)
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Oh man, this story. It's a doozy. Some parts are just so very sad. The family just keeps trying and trying and trying. Their life is such a struggle. The woman, OMG, her entire life is heartbreaking. Thinking of her makes me feel overwhelmed. The Good Earth is about a family trying to live off the land and better themselves. Each decision affects their entire future. It's a humbling story for sure. This is a hard book for me to rate. I love a book that makes me emotional, and this did that very much. Some parts made me upset in a bad way though, but I guess it really was just staying true to how life was. If you're looking for a story to take you away, this did that for me. It totally took over my mind while I was reading it. If you're looking for a upbeat tale, this probably isn't it. It's not all sad like my review is making it sound though. I do recommend it very much.
4 stars ( )
  ToniFGMAMTC | Feb 17, 2021 |
Nicely written with sparse use of descriptive words but yet enough to get a feeling for the people and the setting. My Western values kept getting in the way as I read about the treatment of O-lan although it was apparent that she accepted it as the way of life. She worked so hard and yet he felt the need to take Lotus into the house as his sex toy. Wang Lung felt so strongly and rightly so about the value of land. As always the young do not value things like their parents. Wang's burden of following traditional ways for his father, uncle, and sons was admirable. Interesting how his thoughts about rich people changed as he became one. ( )
  kshydog | Dec 13, 2020 |
It is refreshing to read a book written with a purely linear plotline. That is likely due to its age or time in which it was written, but I still appreciated it. The book also has a consistent pace, even as it wrapped up. The story is both a good chronicle of culture in China for that time period and a good didactic exposition of the ebbs and flows of life, wealth, and generational change.
It is easy to understand how it became a classic novel. ( )
  LDVoorberg | Nov 22, 2020 |
The Good Earth was the first [a: Pearl Buck|704|Pearl S. Buck|https://images.gr-assets.com/authors/1583266659p2/704.jpg] novel that I have read as it is the first for many given it was a Pulitzer Prize winner. I get the impression from the number of ratings on GR that it may be the only Pearl Buck read for many. So I couldn't help but ask myself the question: will it be my only Pearl Buck read? She was quite prolific. The ratings have been high for many of her other novels. She won the Nobel Prize for Literature, the first American woman to do so. Why wouldn't I want to read more of what she has written?

The Good Earth was a very enjoyable read, and an impressive accomplishment. It wasn't one of those prize winners that left me with: what am I missing? The detailed characters, their lives together, their interactions, their daily routines, were all amazing. Like many, I was drawn to O-lan's character. She was described as slow and stupid, and yet she was often street-smart and very wise. She demonstrated a devotion to her family and husband that was very strong and admirable. She had lived in both worlds and better than Wang Lung she knew what there was to appreciate in one as compared to the other. The story overall was rich and layered. And yet...

The story read like it is old. There were lots of sentences beginning with And and Now and Then. It felt like a narrative history passed down verbally through a family or culture. I felt it was effective in this case, but is this was an approach she used specifically for this story or is this her normal style. If it is a style that Pearl Buck used frequently, I could see myself getting tired of it quickly. If it was a style that she used specifically for this story because it was effective in this case, then I would be even more impressed with her as a writer. I imagine the best way for me to find out is read another of her novels. I can't help but wonder, though, why she is not more widely known today, given how prolific she was and that she won the Nobel Prize. It feels as if she has been a bit forgotten. ( )
  afkendrick | Oct 24, 2020 |
I thoroughly enjoyed this classic story of the struggle of poor farmer Wang Lung to survive and then thrive through droughts, floods and famine in pre-revolution China. Although he is illiterate, he recognizes early on the value of land and the abundance it can provide. He acquires a wife, Olan, a slave in the home of the town’s leading merchant, Hwang. She is unattractive, selfless but a very practical hard worker who provides three sons and three daughters for Wang. Scrimping every penny, they eventually are able to acquire more land. However, severe drought forces them to head south where they are able to survive by Wang pulling a rickshaw and the rest of the family begging. Some families are so desperate that they consider selling their daughters as slaves. When they move back, their success at farming and land acquisitions allows them to become more financially comfortable. Wang’s children become educated, comfortable and a little lazy. Wang is able to expand his house and acquire a concubine who lives with the family. As he earns more money from his land, the family experiences more problems; sons who like the comfortable life, daughters who need husbands, jealousy, rivalry and relatives who are freeloaders. As an elderly widower, he enjoys lounging in the sun and walking his fields. His sons await his death with plans for developing the land for a railway.
The story is absorbing and exquisitely written. ( )
  MaggieFlo | Sep 7, 2020 |
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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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"This Pulitzer Prize-winning classic tells the poignant tale of a Chinese farmer and his family in old agrarian China. The humble Wang Lung glories in the soil he works, nurturing the land as it nurtures him and his family. Nearby, the nobles of the House of Hwang consider themselves above the land and its workers; but they will soon meet their own downfall. Hard times come upon Wang Lung and his family when flood and drought force them to seek work in the city. The working people riot, breaking into the homes of the rich and forcing them to flee. When Wang Lung shows mercy to one noble and is rewarded, he begins to rise in the world, even as the House of Hwang falls" -- from publisher's web site.

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