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The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
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Mar 21, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: audio-book, classic, fiction, history, digital, own-it, unabridged, my-review, favorite
Read in January, 2011 , read count: 1

The debate over the authenticity of Buck's portrayal of rural life in China of 100 years ago will never end. I don't believe it is essential to the books story.

This is a story of the rewards of hard work, strong ethics, common sense and conviction. It is the story of what happens when those rewards come. How wealth, even when gained honestly and through hard effort, corrupts and destroys families and values, when it is not placed in the proper context of life. It is the story of oppression of women and its negative effects on society and family.
There is only one person who handles wealth and hard work well. That person is O-Lan, she is, in my opinion, the hero of the book.

The culture, time and country that this story plays out is secondary to the message of the book.
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