The Good Earth (House of Earth #1)
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," wro...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
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
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
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
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...more
In Chinese society, she...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
I think that had I r...more
I also had no problem with...more
It helps to...more
I really liked & empathized with the love of & importance of the land...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 hated this book.
I guess I'm just not a fan of reading books where all women are worthless fools and all men are ill tempered perverts. The only character I didn't want to throttle was O'lan who had a horrible life and was treated terribly. *sigh* This book epically bummed me out. I feel gross. I'm really angry with it. I want to throw it away instead of try to trade it on PBS just so I can get some closure on i...more
Right, so the description of the book sounds boring enough, the chronicles of the life of your average Chinese farmer. I probably would have never even given it a second glance had not a friend of mine say it was one of his favorite books. This is a guy who gets bored extremely easy, so I definitely had to give it a read.
And now, after reading it, I still couldn't give a better description of the book. The language is bare and straightforward, the story moves at an average pace and the...more
It tells of Wang Lung's life from young adulthood till old age, in rural China before the second world war, though...more
Reading, I couldn't help but think of how it came to me. It really made me think about marriage, and what it means to be a partnership in the face of hardship. It may seem like a sad, hard thing to show...more
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