My mom actually recommended this book to me...she said she had read it in high school and it was a story everyone should read (being a contemporary clMy mom actually recommended this book to me...she said she had read it in high school and it was a story everyone should read (being a contemporary classic and all).
The farmer, Wang Lung, makes the journey through life experiencing poverty, wealth, and the in-between. I find it interesting how as his monetary status rises, he loses pieces of his heritage, of himself.
He survives a good "solid" wife, O-lan, who knows how to work hard and never complains. Wang Lung is challenged (like some guys I know) with sharing his feelings. At the beginning of their marriage, Wang Lung notices some of the selfless, strong attributes of O-lan, but never lets on. As Wang Lung continues on his quest for more land-money, he becomes disgusted with O-lan and her plain looks and ways. Always searching for the bigger and better?! This leads him to taking a 2nd wife, Lotus. She is the complete opposite-needing a full time servant, the best of everything, and is never content...is this what happens as we move up that ladder to "bigger and better?" Do we create more heart-aches for ourselves?
Pearl S. Buck writes in a way that draws you into the characters' lives, into the setting, and into your own thoughts....more