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The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
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Nov 02, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: pulitzer-winners, read-in-2010
Read from July 26 to 29, 2010

The Good Earth does exactly what a superb novel should do: It grips us with believable and imperfect characters, transports us to unfamiliar times and (unless you've been to China) places, and it teaches us not only about those times and places but about life and humanity. A tall order for any book. But this one accomplishes it and tops it off with what may be the most memorable (and twisted) final line I've read in any American fiction. Pearl S. Buck holds an intriguing/problematic place in United States letters: Because she is our first female winner of the Nobel and an outspoken proponent of civil rights, she is of indisputable importance. Because she is also a white women who made her fortune by writing on behalf of "voiceless" Chinese laborers, which is unpopular by today's standards of cultural sensitivity and authenticity, she's not exactly highly read or respected. Nevertheless, The Good Earth is an excellent book -- and I need to know Buck better.

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