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The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
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Dec 04, 2013

it was amazing
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Read in March, 2009

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 unbound feet, actually helped him produce his wealth because she could help him with the land, and do all of the labor in the house. Women with bound feet could move very little because it was excruciating to walk.

- With wealth came idleness and a detachment from the land. The antagonists of the story in the end were Wang Lung's own rich, idle sons. There was very rarely ever 'peace' in Wang Lung's house from the time he became rich to the end of the book. And in the times of peace, we see that Wang Lung blatantly ignored the problems and troubles in his house. Ignorance is bliss when you live with the likes of Lotus. Can I get a holla-back? ;)
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message 10: by papasteve (new)

papasteve amen, sistuh, prreeah it!

message 9: by papasteve (new)

papasteve ooops: prreeach it!

Maria "Mo Money, Mo Problems" -- LOVE IT!!

Kathy "Mo money-Mo problems". Love it too...and the book!

Regina Mo Money, Mo Problems #ftw

message 5: by Sue (new) - rated it 3 stars

Sue your mo money, mo problems sums it up nicely!

message 4: by Steve (new)

Steve Subtitles! (And that's a great one). :)

message 3: by Paul (new) - added it

Paul Bard Yowza, spoilers?

Lorna WELL said. Thanks!

message 1: by Ni, (new)

Ni, Qianming yeah, pretty like it. dated back my grandfather's era......life is always hard and difficult in china.

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