The Good Earth
"I bought her in a year of famine when her parents came south because they had nothing to eat. You see she has the strong body and the square cheeks of her kind. She will work well for you in the field and drawing water and all else that you wish. She is not beautiful but that you do not need … Neither is she clever. But she does well what she is told to do and she has a good temper." I come from a culture where women are still treated like chattel and while this book's characters and ideas may seem anachronistic to the western world seemed they are all but real to me. This book changed my life. At the age of 14,it ignited in me a life long determination to never let anyone use my gender as an excuse to hold me back.
/Dr.Rabia Awan, Pakistan
It describes very accurately the life in villages.
/Surendra Kumar Sahu, India
The Good Earth is a saga, in which Mme Buck has portrayed the life of a Chinese peasant family, but indeed it's the story of each and every person lived or living in this world, if we take Wang's family and it's characters as metaphors to our lives. The struggle of life, the ebbs and flows, the relationships, human needs and human nature ... all summed up in a novel. A true masterpiece of modern prose.
/Junaid Amjad, Cuba
Mme Pearl S Buck won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1938. She was the 4th woman to receive this honor. Born of missionary parents; she had German, Dutch and French blood in her veins (and of course-arteries too). Charles Dickens had a great influence on her. For some time she taught at the University of Nan-kin and later at the National University of China. Though she started writing at a young age; yet her first major work- a novel "The Good Earth" appeared in 1931. I recommend "The Good Earth" which won her the coveted Pulitzer Prize in 1932. The story of this novel runs thus: Wang Lung, a poor peasant in China, goes to the house of Hwang to get a wife. O-Lan, a kitchen slave is chosen for him. He begets three sons and two daughters from O-Lan. When O-Lan becomes old and ugly; Wang Lung marries a prostitute. The dying old man (Wang Lung) discovers that his sons did not love the land and want to sell it and move to the city. The Good Earth of Wang Lung is not so for his sons. A readable piece of classical and elemental prose. Thanks.
/Dilbag Firdausi, India
The story is simple yet so moving, I have read all her books and she writes with a wisdom about the human codition that is universal.
/Julianne Kiecker, United States
I like 'The Good Earth' because it opens a door of knowledge to the Orient. I would like someday to visit China and see the places about which Pearl Buck wrote.
/Amanda Milam, United States
It let me know about peasants in China.
It is an interesting story and gives readers perspective on the Chinese culture.
/Michelle, United States
I've always loved china and her people and Pearl S. Buck made them come alive. We all live somewhere, but, we don't necessarily observe and share our journey with others. Thanks to Mrs. Buck we have a better love and understanding of a great people.
/Joanne Stern, United States
The prose is the best. Her descriptions are soo vivid, and real. The book flows beautifully.
/Tavey Davis, United States
It brings out the resiliency of the Asian people in times of crisis. The story shows how a person can endure. It brings out the strength of the Chinese people.
/Franklin Piad, Philippines
This novel gave a great impression of life in China during the war. You can truly feel what it is like to be a poor, Chinese farmer. This book must be read to truly understand the how thin the line is between fiction and non-fiction.
/John Potter, United States
A fantastic read that communes in the story-telling form. The characters are so alive that I saw them as people around me. The seams that unite the story can only come from a great writer like Pearl S. Buck.It is a writing so raw, so natural, so Pearl.
/Akinniyi Akeem, Nigeria
It has extremely vivid details and tells a story that includes things that most people would never even begin to think of. I love Buck's epic descriptions of the triumphs and sufferings of a peasant and his family in a China that is on the verge of revolution. It is simply amazing to read, it pulls one into its very world so that all else disappears. It is fascinating, my all time favorite book.
/Ellie, United States
'The Good Earth' provides the reader with a better and greater understanding of the Chinese society, their suffering of poverty and famine, and imperialism. This novel is also very exciting, capturing the reader's attention and mind for a fun and informing period of time. I believe that Pearl Buck truly deserves this great award for her beautifully written books and the superb tale, 'The Good Earth'.
/Mouad Ibno Bachir, Morocco
The language fits well and formly with the story. The story itself is beautiful, Buck truly reflects what it is within a woman who is not considered beautiful's heart and mind. There are many women like this, unrepresented, unheard in the ethos of literature, and Buck, if only others have read her more, give them voice.
/Liyana Tassim, Brunei
I can find anything in it. It is always on my mind. A very touching story about a poor Chinese land slave who became a great farmer. I read it when I was 18 years old. I still love this book and now I am 68.
It is so wonderfully written and I liked all of Pearl Buck’s books.
It was quite intriguing. At first, it seemed uninteresting, but by the end of the first chapter I was hooked, especially because I am interested in the history and culture of China. Pearl S. Buck writes with a unique voice, almost fragile yet at the same time exuding confidence and calm over her subject matters. She develops her characters well through dialogue and actions, and writes in a manner reserved for authors of the highest class.
/Ylanne Sorrows, United States
For its captivating story and manner of presenting it.
/RPS Rathore, India
The book examplified the simplicity of life in the most easily understood language. Pearl S. Buck still managed to convey the message of life in early 20th century China in the most extraordinary fashion, regardless of the simplicity of the language she used. This has aided in many understanding the content of the book regardless of their age, young or old. The book also showed the important role of men as sole breadwinners and women holding the key post of home-makers in the household, a stereotype that has persisted throughout the ages even in the 21st century world. This book is truly a great read and I certainly would recommend it to every bookworm I know!
/K. Deepan, Singapore
She brought the reader right into the life of the Chinese farmer, Wang Lung and his family during some perilous times. Plus she wrote simply and made the story easy to understand. It is a book I like to read over and over.
/Evelyn Heinz, United States
My favourite person is the little fool girl who was only loved by her parents. I loved to read about how O-Lan and Wang Lung created their fortune on the fields and this good field and earth made them rich. This book shows us how to be honest and constant and solid during the difficulties of history. However, it shows deep sins of human life. It is a fantastic book.
I learned from it the real sacrifice!
/Essam Asali, Israel
I like this book because it is a fascinating tale of China, beautiful and yet very sad. This was the first book to ever make me cry.
Because it made me feel that it never can be written better!
'The Good Earth' remains a poignant and honest depiction of life for the Chinese commoner on the brink of vast events beyond his control. The characters resonate within the readers as they discover commonalities they scarce thought possible. Buck truly created a novel that speaks to every individual.
/Chelsea Mann, United States
It's very realistic!!!
It talks about the past and present situation of the agricultural sector in many asian countries. It also gives a very realistic account of a peasant's life in China long time ago with the discrimination of the south and north, the anti-feminism and submission of women.
/Jodea Pearl Martin, Philippines
It's a very nice novel from this writer.She wrote this novel in 1931 in China where she studied English literaturein Shangahi Universty and she studied the goodly ways of the Chinese people and their principles. She said that she was American by birth and Chinese by heart. She talked about China in the time of povertyand how the farmers faced this hard time by hard work and honesty in theirlife.
It has a multi-layered content and excellent themes.
/Aaron, United States
This book really depicts Chinese hardship, religion, and customs during the turn of the century. Not only is it educational, but it is quite entertaining following Wang Lung, the protagonist, through his experience with wealth, adultery, drugs, and travel.
/Anna DiLoreto, United States
It really portrays human life without specifying a special area or nationality.
A marvellous book about a Chinese peasant, what he lives for and his ideals about lives.
/Hanh, United States