The Good Earth

The Good Earth

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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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Pocket Books, 2005.
Edition: 1st Pocket Book pbk. ed.
ISBN: 9781416500186
Branch Call Number: FICTION Buck Pearl
Characteristics: xxi, 418 p. ;,17 cm.
Additional Contributors: Reents, Stephanie
Johnson, Cynthia 1969-


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Buck's classic, set in 1900s China, is about man's relationship with the land. Wang Lung, a simple farmer, marries and starts a family. Throught a series of events that include drought, famine, travelling to a city to make a new life, a political revolution, and the return to their roots at the f... Read More »

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 w... Read More »

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Oct 12, 2017 I loved this book. I thought about it whenever I was not reading and dreamt of it while I was asleep. The characters are rich, and the Earth, Oh, The Good can feel, smell and taste of it while you read her beautiful sentences. How sweetly I was surprised to know it was book one of three. I can hardly wait to continue the story.

May 20, 2017

The fact that this is a very readable, fascinating, enjoyable book stands out very soon. There is so much missing in Western education, at least mine, that there is always something I was not aware of or unusual people. For example, I learned that there were rich farmers, and that they also had Chinese slaves. Among the rich, as far as I understood, a family becomes larger with relatives, personal relationships and slaves. I have read other Chines history, for example, Cixi the last empress of China, but in none did I “get down into the dirt” so closely to the land and people. I highly recommend reading this book for both the entertainment and historical values.

Oct 31, 2016

It was a pleasure to read. I haven't read a good novel in a while. O-Lan was my favorite character. I was hoping for her to play a bigger, major role. I look forward to reading the rest of the trilogy.

Sep 04, 2016

This book has themes that really resonated with me as I was reading it, such as the power of hard work, the importance of family, the sin of complacency, laziness and greed, and the natural tendency of people to move towards ruin. I feel like I missed the main point of O-Lan's character, but I think this is a book that anyone can enjoy!

Dec 15, 2015

Beautifully written book; the story and characters are so compelling, I hardly came up for air. I will be haunted by O-Lan for a long time. I loved all of the details of daily life (especially the food) that were woven so skillfully into the story, must read more by the author.

Jun 28, 2014

This is an amazing book. It really showed the hardships that people in China had to go through at that time, whether poor or rich. I've learned a lot reading Buck's books and will continue to read them. I would like to know what someone from China thinks of this book as, although Buck grew up in China and lived there her whole life, she was American.

May 20, 2014

liked the first 2/3rds of the book more than the last 3rd, which I found kind of lagged. The content was interesting as it was quite different from the fare I typically read: the gender roles in pre-revolutionary china were disturbing for me and I found the experience of rural poverty really poignant too. The writing was very well done, and now I'm interested to read "Fighting Angel".

Booksaregold Jul 27, 2013

Very boring at the beginning but it got very interesting but the sad part was how Lung treated O-lan. it's very interesting with a lot of descriptions

yo216 Aug 03, 2012

If you enjoy reading Pearl S. Buck, read Peony. Entertaining, educational and Pearl S. Buck exceptional writing. I just read Peony for the first time and will again read The Good Earth, read many years.

Aug 01, 2012

I mentioned this title in the ongoing review series "Literary Counterparts."

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Nov 10, 2008

An interesting fictional account of ancient China, the struggles of a family trying to survive through famine, and cultural ideologies. Enjoyable read, sad at times.


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