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الأرض الطيبة (House of Earth #1)

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  192,742 Ratings  ·  8,216 Reviews
تعتبر رواية الأرض الطيبة من أهم أعمال بيرل بك الحاصلة على جائزة نوبل للآداب سنة 1938.
Paperback, مكتبة الأسرة - الأدب العالمي للناشئين, 328 pages
Published 1998 by الهيئة المصرية العامة للكتاب (first published 1931)
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Kat Solheim Tanvir Ahmed, I'm sorry, but I must disagree with Kenny Fisher. This cannot be compared to ear piercing! The foot was not just wrapped to keep it from…moreTanvir Ahmed, I'm sorry, but I must disagree with Kenny Fisher. This cannot be compared to ear piercing! The foot was not just wrapped to keep it from growing. The bones were actually broken so as to fold the foot in half, bringing the ball of the foot to the heel of the foot. I know, it doesn't even seem possible, but after reading a novel that talked a lot about it, I decided to research it. It's actually pretty horrifying. It was used to make the foot more "attractive", but it also had a hobbling effect. The women literally could not run or move quickly at all. It's gross, but if your stomach can take it, you should look it up.(less)
Felicity Barron Pearl S. Buck spent most of her life in China so she thoroighly understood how society worked there. She used this book to try to show Americans what…morePearl S. Buck spent most of her life in China so she thoroighly understood how society worked there. She used this book to try to show Americans what life was like in pre-revolutionary China, and how an ordinary Chinese person at this time's perspectives. To present the cultural differences and similarities between the intended Westerner reader and the Chinese characters was the purpose. The characters were meant to be an accurate representation of a Chinese man, but some Chinese-Americans disputed it's accuracy and said she got it wrong. Many people believe her critics were just upset that China was painted in such a bad light though and that this book was spot on. So in answer to your question, they were supposed to be credible.(less)
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Celeste Ng
Jul 07, 2007 Celeste Ng rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It's difficult for me to explain how much I hate this book, and even harder to explain why. I don't think it's just because I hated the main character so much, and in this case at least, I don't think it's because of the weirdness that arises from a Westerner writing about a colonized country.

I do know that *part* of my intense dislike for this book comes from how it is viewed by other people (usually non-Chinese). Read the reviews and you'll see one word come up over and over again: "portrait."
Jr Bacdayan
Sep 15, 2013 Jr Bacdayan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is a gush of red, marvelous, and mysterious blood running through my veins. I am part Chinese. A race that has given me these small eyes and this yellowish complexion. A race that I have associated with frugality, hard work, mass production, internet restrictions, and Jackie Chan. China, I've only been there once as a tourist when I was a bit younger. And as much as I'd like to think that I am familiar with the Chinese culture, I have to admit that my knowledge about that is limited and my ...more
Jul 18, 2011 Lyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is almost spiritual in it's beauty and simplicity.

First published by Pearl Buck in 1931, this later won the Pulitzer Prize and had a significant affect on Buck’s winning the Nobel Prize for literature in 1938.

The author displayed her genius ability to observe and relate the cultural and day-to-day lives of Chinese peasants at the turn of the century. This American Christian missionary told the story of a rural Chinese man and perceptively embraced vast cultural differences, while at the sa
Books Ring Mah Bell

Mar 10, 2009 k.wing rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I really, really wish I hadn't google-searched 'foot binding' after reading this book.

In the tradition of a beloved college professor, I give The Good Earth a subtitle which reveals more of the moral stuff which fills it. Ahem. :
The Good Earth: Mo' Money, Mo' Problems.

The Good Earth is packed with cautionary tales of wealth and idleness, tradition and progression, and lust. Wow, the character studies one could do in this book! Just things I noticed:

- The very thing Wang Lung detested, O-lan's
Treasure of the Rubbermaids 6: Made in China

The on-going discoveries of priceless books and comics found in a stack of Rubbermaid containers previously stored and forgotten at my parent’s house and untouched for almost 20 years. Thanks to my father dumping them back on me, I now spend my spare time unearthing lost treasures from their plastic depths.

I bitch about having to mow my lawn, but when I’m done, I usually sit on my deck and have a few ice cold beers. Then I take a hot shower and get in
Henry Avila
Nov 27, 2012 Henry Avila rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wang Lung on his wedding day gets up at dawn as usual, a poor Chinese farmer's son, who lives with his widowed old father, but is a very hardworking, strong, and ambitious young man, they occupy, a three room house made of dirt bricks, with a straw thatched roof. After getting his ill father hot water, feeding the ox and doing the rest of the chores, Wang for the second time in the year, takes a bath secretly, with the precious water , ashamed to waste it, for such an unnecessary thing, hiding f ...more
Peter Tieryas
Oct 08, 2013 Peter Tieryas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this to be an incredibly moving and humanistic story, full of anger, tragedy, joy, and the elements that make for a great novel. I don't view it as a "Chinese" novel per se, but a story any person in any country can relate to. The writing is beautiful and reads like a parable more than straight documentation or history, which was her intent, and a tribute to many of the old Chinese tales I've read (now reading it at an older age, I see a lot of references and tributes to other Chinese wo ...more
Aug 24, 2007 Lucy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Written by Pearl S. Buck, an American citizen who spent most of her childhood and much of her adult life in China, in 1931. It was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1932. 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
Dec 26, 2016 Rebbie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, 2016
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
Apr 16, 2008 Jeana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
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Aug 01, 2008 Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 26, 2008 Adrienne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
I noticed right away when I began the book that Pearl S. Buck's writing style was special. The language is simple and clear, but at the same time emotive. There isn't a wasted word. There is a quietness in the lines that fills you with emotion. You watch a traditional, hard-working family, one very much tied to the soil, struggling to make something of themselves. The historical details are diffuse; I would guess that the story is set in the first decades of the 1900s. The book was published in ...more
Jan 11, 2008 Joshua rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a very unsentimental look at life in rural, pre-revolutionary China. Though she is American, Pearl Buck maintains an objective stance regarding Chinese cultural practices from the time, including foot-binding and the enslavement of women. Yet one encounters the unspoken torment of countless generations of women. The wife O-Lan is particularly well-drawn; in her rough-hewn features and ox-like devotion to the earth, the reader intimately feels her tragic solitude.

In Chinese society, she
Nice touches on the struggles and resilience required of rural families in early 20th century China, but overall all this saga was too much of a morality tale for me. We follow a poor farmer, Wang Lung, as he is steered by his elderly father to buy a slave for a wife, O-Lan. She is a quiet saint and applies her hard work to help them make a success of their farm and delivery several children by herself.

The following schematic plot summary can benefit the potential reader with an idea of the boo
Magrat Ajostiernos
Aunque me ha gustado mucho 'La buena tierra', he sufrido más que disfrutado con su lectura. Los personajes que aparecen en este libro son (practicamente todos) odiosos, mezquinos, crueles y egoístas, por lo que pasé casi toda la lectura enfadada.
A pesar de todo, es un libro que se ha quedado conmigo, esta autora tiene una manera muy sencilla de narrar pero que consigue que te lleguen sus palabras... Será difícil olvidar esa descripción de la pobreza más extrema, de la ingnoracia, la situación de
I probably would never have picked this book up had it not been chosen by a friend for a group read. Honestly, I don't go for Chinese lit very much, but I agreed to read this one, even though I was prepared to be bored at least. But I downloaded the audio version, read by Anthony Heald, and listened to the book while doing some much needed organizational stuff, and it was surprisingly good. I enjoyed the reading so much that I would sometimes stop doing stuff to just listen.

I think that had I r
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
The first time I read this book I was thirteen years old. All I remembered about it was that it was about a Chinese farmer and I liked it. This second time through I could see how so much went past me when I read it as a youth with no life experience. Now, as a grown-up, I was able to appreciate the depth of the characters' feelings and the storytelling gifts of Pearl Buck. The book was first published in 1931, but it's written in what could almost be termed a classical style. The great beauty o ...more
Lubinka Dimitrova
Ι never imagined that a simple portrayal of a Chinese farmer's everyday life could be so riveting. Pearl Buck's writing is magical, hypnotic, utterly engrossing. I virtually devoured the book in two days. Amazingly enough, I, who live worlds (and ages) apart from the book's setting, could totally relate to this story about the cyclical nature of life, the passions and desires that motivate a human being, pain, suffering, ambition, agony, pride and all sorts of human emotions.
It's the third book
Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
How must you live your life?

This is a novel with a plot replete with startling developments and a female character—the farmer’s wife O-lan—who stood out heroically even though she had spoken maybe less than a dozen words in the entire novel.

One should live life treating what is unsaid as just as important as what has been said.
Feb 13, 2017 Ashley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
While I did find this an interesting account of peasant life in China, I failed to understand the overall point of the story. Pearl S. Buck's parents were missionaries in China, and Pearl herself spent a good portion of her life there. I am certain that this first hand experience gave her an extraordinarily true glimpse of the every day life of these people which afforded her the opportunity of writing this book.

I would most likely have rated this book higher if I had liked the characters. O-lan
Sep 30, 2007 LeAnn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers of classics
I have to start by saying that I'm glad that I didn't know anything about this book or read any of the reviews first. It's nice not to be influenced sometimes, especially as some of what I see as worthwhile qualities other people don't. For instance, I appreciated the pace of the book. I wouldn't have said that it was "too long and wordy" as I've read in other reviews, but then I know that literary styles and tastes change and this book was written nearly 100 years ago.

I also had no problem with
No reflexion on my high school English teacher, but I have to say that after reading The Good Earth now, 45+ years later as a (very) mature adult, I am so much more appreciative of the book than I was as a teenager. As I remembered it back then, the story was all about poor, heroic, homely O-Lan and mean, selfish Wang Lung, her husband. I remembered O-Lan working in the fields with her husband, and then giving birth to her children, alone in her room. Not much more than that. But now, thanks to ...more
Natalie Richards
May 11, 2017 Natalie Richards rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-book
This is a beautifully written story which I thoroughly enjoyed reading. From rags to riches, simple man to greedy who overlooked the most important things; most notably his faithful and dutiful wife Olan. She was my favourite character.
My first read by Pearl Buck, but definitely not my last.
João Carlos

O-lan (Luise Rainer) e Wang Lung (Paul Muni) - "The Good Earth/Terra Bendita" (1937) - realizador Sidney Franklin

”Terra Abençoada” originalmente publicado em 1931, vencedor do Prémio Pulitzer de Ficção em 1932 é o primeiro romance que leio da escritora norte-americana Pearl S. Buck (1892 – 1973) galardoada com o Prémio Nobel da Literatura em 1938.
”Terra Abençoada” é um verdadeiro clássico da literatura mundial, numa narrativa que decorre no reinado do último Imperador da China, tem como protago
Alice Poon
Aug 26, 2014 Alice Poon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is a quietly told story of a Chinese farmer's life in the pre-revolution days. My feeling is that I liked it a lot, but not enough to rate it a full 4 stars (the rating would be 3.7 stars).

It is a heartfelt account of life in the grassroots society of that era, with its own epoch-relevant values, superstitions, class distinction and sexist attitude, not any dissimilar to that depicted in other Chinese literary works relating to that era (Ba Jin's The Family, Autumn, Spring comes to mind). W
There have been many reviews written about "The Good Earth" so I doubt I will be able to rival those. I just have to say that this book had me hooked from beginning to end. I literally tried to hide from people while in the Amazon rain forest in Ecuador so I could finish this book. I don't know why it drew me in so much, but it did. I cared about this family that started off so poor, but the father (Wang Lung) who keeps his faith in the land (or Good Earth) is able to become a wealthy landowner ...more
This is an engaging family history, and the way an unsympathetic character mellows is well done. However, the fact that Buck's parents were missionaries is demonstrated by a dated writing style that is reminiscent of the King James Bible. Although not preachy in content, I found the tone increasingly incongruous and irritating, though I was still keen to read to the end of the story.

It tells of Wang Lung's life from young adulthood till old age, in rural China before the second world war, though
+Digital copy gently provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review+

[Please note that my rating refers only to this edition.]

Wang Lung is a poor peasant in China between wars, the story begins with his marriage to a poor slave of a rich house - O-Lan -, and continues through three generations in his fight against poverty, hunger, droughts and plagues , meanwhile a revolution is mentioned in the background. O-Lan and Wang Lung work very hard on their lands, and their efforts bear fruit al
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Pearl Sydenstricker Buck was a bestselling and Nobel Prize–winning author. Her classic novel The Good Earth (1931) was awarded a Pulitzer Prize and William Dean Howells Medal. Born in Hillsboro, West Virginia, Buck was the daughter of missionaries and spent much of the first half of her life in China, where many of her books are set. In 1934, civil unrest in China forced Buck back to the United St ...more
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