Good Earth (House of Earth #1)
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," wr...more
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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." ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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The following schematic plot summary can benefit the potential reader with an idea of the boo ...more
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I would most likely have rated this book higher if I had liked the characters. O-lan ...more
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.
It's the third book ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
It tells of Wang Lung's life from young adulthood till old age, in rural China before the second world war, though ...more
Usually before starting any book I make sure to read the blurb or at least few reviews. But for ‘The Good Earth’ i didn’t even try to read either, which actually turned out to be a plus point for me because if i had read i wouldn’t have picked it up for sure. I picked it on a friend’s recommendation, i wanted to read a good book with good writing and she promised me it was one of those and she was absolutely right. Now I am glad for having read this.
This is a simple book on a simple man, but ...more
Sometimes the book frightens me because ...more
I bounced between 2 and 3 stars, finally deciding to just meet it half-way.
As I said in the comments of one of my statuses, I found parts of the book interesting, but I didn't really enjoy it, per se. It wasn't as boring as I thought it might be, and that was good, but I also had a hard time connecting with the characters, especially because Wang Lung isn't particularly likable half the time, even if what he does is realistic and understandable from a 'human nature' perspective.
I did feel ...more
I really liked & empathized with the love of & importance of the land ...more
It helps to ...more
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