THE GOOD EARTH BOOK
The Good Earth is a novel by Pearl S. Buck published in that dramatizes family life in a Chinese village in the early 20th century. It is the first book in a. The Good Earth (The Good Earth Trilogy Book 1) and millions of other books are available for instant access. The Good Earth (Oprah's Book Club) Paperback – Unabridged, September 15, Nobel Laureate Pearl S. Buck’s epic Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and Oprah Book Club. The Good Earth [pearl buck] on ppti.info *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Well researched.
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The Good Earth book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. This tells the poignant tale of a Chinese farmer and his family i. Jul 24, The Paperback of the The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck at Barnes & Noble. FREE Shipping on simon & schuster earth book. Explore More. The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck - Pearl S. Buck's Pulitzer Prize–winning classic about the rise and fall of Chinese villagers before World War I comes to life in.
Middle Son's Wife — A poor and hard working village woman. She hates the first son's wife.
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Her first child is a girl. Wang Lung's concubines and servants[ edit ] Lotus Flower — Much-spoiled concubine and former prostitute. Eventually becomes old, fat, and less pretty from the tobacco and fattening foods. Helps arrange the eldest son's and youngest daughter's marriages. Cuckoo — Formerly a slave in the house of Hwang. Becomes madame of the "tea house", eventually becomes servant to Lotus.
Hated by O-Lan because she was cruel to her in the Hwang House. Pear Blossom — Bought as a young girl, she serves as a slave to Lotus. At the end of the novel she becomes Wang Lung's concubine because she says she prefers the quiet devotion of old men to the fiery passions of young men. Ching — Wang Lung's faithful friend and neighbor. Shares a few beans with Wang Lung during the famine to save O-Lan's life.
After the famine kills Ching's family, Ching sells his land to Wang Lung and comes to work for Wang Lung as his foreman. Dies from an accident in the fields because he was showing a fellow farmer how to work the fields.
He is buried near the entrance to the family graveyard. Wang Lung plans to be buried nearest to him, but still on the family hill in the graveyard. Extended family[ edit ] Wang Lung's Uncle — A sly, lazy man who is secretly one of the leaders of a band of thieves known as the Redbeards.
He caused trouble for Wang Lung and others in the household for many years, until eventually Wang Lung gives him enough opium to keep him in a harmless stupor for the rest of his life. He is described as skinny, gaunt, and very self-defensive. He takes advantage of the tradition that requires younger generations to care for their elders, but completely disregards any moral obligation on himself. Uncle's Wife — becomes a friend of Lotus; also becomes addicted to opium. Very fat, greedy and lazy.
Uncle's Son — Wild and lazy, leads Nung En into trouble and eventually leaves to become a soldier. Disrespectful and visits many concubines. Can be described as a sexual predator. Chronology[ edit ] The novel is set in a timeless China and provides no explicit dates. There are, however, references to events that provide an approximate time frame, such as introduction of railroads and the Revolution. Railroads were not constructed until the end of the 19th century, and the train used by Wang Lung and his family is implied to be relatively new, which would place their departure to the South sometime in the early 20th century.
Their return after the southern city descends into civil chaos also matches the time of the Revolution. If they had, Americans would have been fighting in Asia long before Spurling observes that Buck was the daughter of American missionaries and defends the book against charges that it is simply a collection of racist stereotypes. In her view, Buck delves deeply into the lives of the Chinese poor and opposed "religious fundamentalism, racial prejudice, gender oppression, sexual repression, and discrimination against the disabled.
It disappeared after the exhibit, and in a memoir , Buck is said to have written, "The devil has it. I simply cannot remember what I did with that manuscript. It was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in I've heard much about it, mostly about a moment in the story when a woman gives birth and then goes back to work in the fields the same day, and have wanted to read it for quite some time.
I think it's always intimidating to read a classic. They are usually reserved for English classes or intellectuals and I worry that my understand Written by Pearl S. They are usually reserved for English classes or intellectuals and I worry that my understanding won't be up to snuff. Here goes: The story begins on Wang Lung's wedding day. He is a peasant farmer, in China, who goes to the house of a wealthy farmer to pick up the bride his father has arranged for him to have: Large feet notwithstanding, he quickly learns to admire his hard-working and frugal wife.
With their hard work and savings, Wang climbs up the economic ladder by being able to buy additional land to farm on. It's ALL about the land, in Wang's opinion. Land is forever. Land cannot be taken away. Sure enough, what I heard about birthing and returning to work in the fields the same day was true. O-Lan, Wang's wife, is this incredibly docile, unassuming woman. She's the kind of woman that made me feel like a slacker for sitting around reading a book.
Or taking a few weeks off of going to church after having a baby. I longed for more O-Lan, but that wasn't what this book was about. There were moments when I saw her pain, when I understood that in this culture, no one really loved O-Lan, despite her humility and service.
Not her parents, who probably considered having a girl a burden and sold her as a slave when she was very young, not her owners, not her husband, and eventually, not even her own children. Wang appreciated her but all his appreciation did was allow him to feel ashamed when he brought a concubine to the home. The beauty of the book, to me, was the irony that Buck skillfully weaves throughout the story. It's the whole Nephite Pride Cycle! In fact, Buck's style of writing felt a bit like reading the scriptures.
It was written dispassionately, even when writing about the character's passion. I also appreciated the Epic nature of the story. There is something to be learned from the successes and the tragedies. As much as I liked it, and I liked it very much, I wasn't completely smitten. I read some of the original reviews which led to the Pulitzer Award, and most of them focus on the groundbreaking honest look into China.
Apparently, up until that time, China, or the Orient, was poorly understood and most of the stories about it were romanticized and mystifying. Buck wrote about the China she saw, the day to day work and customs, the glory of sons to their families and the disregard to their daughters.
While many parts of the story transcends time, parts of it felt obsolete and simple. Kind of like the first of anything. An original But then other books follow suit and readers have a choice of style and characters. I've read several books before that tell the chilling tale of peasant life in China.
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress and Snow Flower and the Secret Fan each detail the beauty, simplicity, horror and hardship of pre and post revolutionary China.
Perhaps that exposure kept me from truly loving this story. Or maybe my expectations were too high. No doubt, some of you who did read this in a class and had the opportunity to dissect it with an instructor, see what I am missing. If so Until being convinced otherwise, my opinion is that this is a great book.
Definitely a classic. But not one of my favorites. View all 9 comments. Dec 26, Rebbie rated it it was amazing Shelves: It's not easy to explain how someone feels when they read a book that feels like it's a part of them, as if it will weave itself into the fabric of a soul and walk with someone through their life.
I save 5 stars for books that move me this deeply. Perhaps that's a bit unfair to all the other awesome books out there that might deserve it, but oh well. That's what 4 star ratings are for; besides, there has to be a way to acknowledge a book that is an all-time favorite and give it the respect it des It's not easy to explain how someone feels when they read a book that feels like it's a part of them, as if it will weave itself into the fabric of a soul and walk with someone through their life.
That's what 4 star ratings are for; besides, there has to be a way to acknowledge a book that is an all-time favorite and give it the respect it deserves for being so special. Oh, if only all writers could write as well as Pearl S. Whether you love or hate this novel some people feel very strongly about it either way , you can't deny that the author has major talent. She writes with such descriptive fluidity, and maintains a current of understated humility, where she doesn't let herself get in the way of the story.
I'm sorry, but too many people try to show off their skills and it's distracting.
Just give us the story already, and let us see for ourselves. No doubt you already know what this amazing book is about, so there's no need to rehash it since it's been said on here a thousand times.
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I just wanted to use this review to say how much I love her writing ability, and can't wait to read the other 2 books in the trilogy. Feb 18, Bradley rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is one hell of a classic. I kept thinking of The Grapes of Wrath during the first half of this read this and kept wondering at it. Poverty, want, great toil, and then even more want filled these pages. The Good Earth came out 8 years before Steinbeck's masterpiece and yet my biggest wonder is why the Good Earth isn't better known, more well known, than Steinbeck.
Is it because it happens to Chinese characters rather than Okies from Oklahoma? Let's let that question pass on by for a moment be This is one hell of a classic. Let's let that question pass on by for a moment because this book deserves to stand on its own worth. The Earth is indeed the source of all wealth Some, sure, but most of the sorrow in these pages are created by those who do not understand or work the land. This is an important point. As important as that in Candide, but more poignant, emotional, and effective in this novel.
High praise? I think so. And well deserved.
I will like classics of all types for many different reasons, but some are much more impactful to me than others. This one has that punch. Glorious, wonderful, sad, and so cruel.
Life, with tragedy and small bits of joy here and there This ought to be on the required reading lists except for one small point Apr 16, Jeana rated it really liked it Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
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This book is a hard one to rate. I found the book difficult to read emotionally, but knew all the while that it was brilliant. It was sad to see how Wang Lung's obsession with land ruined his potential for happiness. And it seemed that with more money came more difficult problems. The cycle of the rich House of Hwang turning into the farmer's house-with all its disgusting rich-people habits--was the most brilliant part of all.
And it began with him buying that bit of land even before all the rea This book is a hard one to rate. And it began with him buying that bit of land even before all the real problems began.
I guess I should have realized this was a problem for him when he chose to use his meagre earnings to buy more land than save to feed his little family. I really despised Wang Lung, while I loved O-lan. How could he not have loved her for what she had given to him, so humbly and silently?
Couldn't he find her beauty despite her physical appearance? After O-lan died, I seriously wanted Wang Lung to suffer.
I was hoping his house would be robbed like the rich houses that were pillaged by robbers "when the rich get too rich. While his sons caused him nothing but trouble. There is so much to mention here, I feel like I should have taken notes. But I feel that this is definitely a book worth reading, although it was hard.
But the lesson here was learned: View all 4 comments. Aug 01, Heather rated it it was amazing Shelves: When the earth suffers, women suffer-- when women suffer the earth suffers.
I think this is what Buck captured so beautifully in her book. She is a brilliant feminist writer! Through her character O-lan, Buck makes the argument that all of man's in the story Wang-lung increase and prosperity comes because of his reliance on the "good earth", which refers not only to his land but also to his good woman. Without his woman he would have had none of the prosperity he enjoys!
The tragedy is that he d When the earth suffers, women suffer-- when women suffer the earth suffers. The tragedy is that he doesn't appreciate what he has and the woman suffers. My heart just ached for O-lan and she reminded me that so many woman in the world live similar lives. So many women bring forth fruit, raise it and cultivate it, in silence. They are trampled on, destroyed and unappreciated.
Life would cease to exist without the earth, just as life would cease to exist without women. View all 3 comments. Jan 26, Adrienne rated it really liked it. I couldn't put this book down. It was very informative about pre-revolutionary Chinese culture.
But even more than that, it was an interesting emotional journey. In the beginning, Wang Lung's character seems so simple and kinda static, albeit respectable. But as the novel progresses, his character becomes more and more complex, more and more human. It was hard for me to really define my opinion of him when it was all over.
It wasn't as simple as just hating him because there was also a part of h I couldn't put this book down. It wasn't as simple as just hating him because there was also a part of him that was good, even in the end. That's what makes him human.
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I think that feeling is the result of the peek Buck gives us into Wang Lung's mind during difficult decisions. I think we all wanted to get more of O-lan. Obviously we all sympathize with her and, despite her unlikeability to pretty much everyone in the novel, she is extremely likeable and respectable to us as modern western readers. She was considered insignificant despite the fact that all of her contributions are arguably the most significant. As readers we were only allowed to see the surface of O-lan's character, just as everyone in her society saw--it's all they cared to see and really, it's all they believed there was.
I think it's very clever writing on Buck's part. Feb 08, Clif Hostetler rated it liked it Shelves: At one level this book contains the story of a hard working farmer i. Many of the hardships faced by the characters in this story are caused by widespread poverty and flukes of nature. But some hardships are the result of traditional social customs which western readers will find cringeworthy—oppression of women, foot- At one level this book contains the story of a hard working farmer i.
But some hardships are the result of traditional social customs which western readers will find cringeworthy—oppression of women, foot-binding, infanticide, selling of daughters as slaves, concubinage, opium use, civil unrest, and armed conflict including lawless bandits. At another level the story coveys the significance of land as a source of wealth, and how wealth inevitably leads to corruption of morals and facilitates access to sensual pleasures and symbols of social status.
The ultimate downfall of family status and wealth is foreshadowed early in the book by the demise of another wealthy family and the fact that near the end of the book our newly wealthy farmer moves into to former living quarters of that once rich family. Then this farmer's family begins to develop the same habits and internal conflicts that brought down the previous rich family. This book is first of a trilogy that includes Sons and A House Divided The chronology of this story is not explicitly stated in this book.
It seems to fit into an era of s to s. Buck is the story of Wang Lung, a farmer and peasant who marries one of the slaves of a wealthy house. O-Lan is the ideal wife for Wang—she works hard, and she bears his children. This intricately woven rags-to-riches tale is a modern classic. Buck I; Washington Square, The following are some quotations from the book. Early in the book Wang Lung and his wife work together for long hours: They worked on, moving together—together—producing the fruit of this earth.
The following quote is an explanation of Wang Lung's friend Ching as to why he participated with a group trying to rob his house.
Ironically, Wang Lung himself participates in thievery from a rich man's house at a later time in the story. Hunger makes thief of any man. This following excerpt is from a heart breaking scene in the book. Wang Lung asks his wife to give him the pearls she's wearing so he can give them to his new concubine.
Then slowly she thrust her wet wrinkled hand into her bosom and she drew forth the small package and she gave it to him and watched him as he unwrapped it; and the pearls lay in his hand and they caught softly and fully the light of the sun, and he laughed.
But O-lan returned to the beating of his clothes and when tears dropped slowly and heavily from her eyes she did not put up her hand to wipe them away; only she beat the more steadily with her wooden stick upon the clothes spread over the stone.
The following is from the end of the book when Wang Lung exclaims how important it is that the land never be sold. The reader knows that the sons will sell the land as soon as he dies. Out of the land we came and into it we must go—and if you will hold your land you can live—no one can rob you of land.
If you sell the land, it is the end. Aug 09, Lucie rated it really liked it Shelves: Wang Lung is getting married today. It's an arranged marriage. He's never actually met his fiance, but he's excited to have a woman in the house to do the chores. O-Lan, his bride, is plain-looking, an unwanted slave sold by her poor family at the age of ten to the Great House of Hwang. Her eyes were small and of a dull black in color, and were filled with some sadness that was not clearly expressed She China.
His house is made of earth, his livelihood comes from the earth. The son of a poor farmer, he leads a simple yet difficult life, full of endless chores, working the land, taking care of the ox. Every drop of water is precious. In fact, bathing never happens. Water would never be wasted on such an unnecessary thing as bathing. O-Lan is also hard working, taking care of the house and Wang Lung's father, cooking meals, working the fields with her husband, giving birth alone, then going back to plowing the fields the same day, never complaining.
What started out as an arranged marriage, for the sole purposes of doing chores and bearing children, develops into a relationship where Wang Lung feels deep respect and actually falls in love with O-Lan. This is an incredibly atmospheric book which transports you directly to late 19th century China and into the lives of this peasant family.
You watch as they raise themselves up from their humble beginnings, bettering their lives over the span of 50 years as a new century in China begins. Jan 11, Joshua rated it it was amazing. Wang decides to move his family in hopes of finding a job, but he refuses to sell his land. Along with many others, Wang and his family take a train south. Arriving in an unnamed city in the south, Wang and his family support themselves by O-lan and the children begging for food and Wang hiring himself out as a ricksha driver.
Daily they eat at the public kitchens. Soon, armed soldiers regularly appear in the city, for there is talk of war; the rich begin fleeing the city, abandoning their opulent houses. A mob of people including Wang break into one of these abandoned houses, and Wang forces a man who failed to flee the house to give him gold.
With this gold, Wang and his family return to their land and once again establish themselves as prosperous farmers.
Wang learns from O-lan that while in the southern city she stole a cache of jewels from the house where Wang stole the gold. With this newfound prosperity, Wang buys up all of the remaining land of the House of Hwang. He is becoming as rich and established as the House of Hwang formerly was. Seven years pass of increased fortune, but in that seventh year a great flood comes and covers the fields. With idle time on his hands, Wang begins visiting the town's tea shop.
There, he is introduced to a woman named Lotus Flower and takes her for his concubine, moving her and her servant into his house. The household further grows when Wang's uncle and aunt and their son forcibly move themselves into Wang's house. Additionally, Wang's sons marry, and they and their families live in the house.Large feet notwithstanding, he quickly learns to admire his hard-working and frugal wife.
Buck is a beautiful and sweeping story of farmer Wang Lu and his wife O-lan. Until being convinced otherwise, my opinion is that this is a great book. Wang Lung is a poor young peasant who lives in an earthen brick house with his father, who has arranged for him to marry a slave girl named O-lan from the great family of the House of Hwang.
Readers also enjoyed. Thanks to my father dumping them back on me, I now spend my spare time unearthing lost treasures from their plastic depths. There is a gush of red, marvelous, and mysterious blood running through my veins. It's actually pretty horrifying. They repair their house and plough the fields, having bought seeds, an ox, new furniture and farm tools, and finally more land from the bankrupt House of Hwang. Wang Lung uses this money to bring the family home, buy a new ox and farm tools, and hire servants to work the land for him.
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