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The Good Earth Trilogy: The Good Earth, Sons, and A House Divided [Kindle Edition]

Pearl S. Buck
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Book Description

Set in China during the early twentieth century, Pearl S. Buck’s timeless trilogy is the powerful story of a family—and a nation—in transition

The Good Earth is Buck’s classic, Pulitzer Prize–winning story of Wang Lung, a Chinese peasant farmer, and his wife, O-lan, a former slave. With luck and hard work, the couple’s fortunes improve over the years: They are blessed with sons, and save steadily until one day they can afford to buy property in the House of Wang—the very house in which O-lan used to work. But success brings with it a new set of problems. Wang soon finds himself the target of jealousy, and as good harvests come and go, so does the social order. Will Wang’s family cherish the estate after he’s gone?
The family’s story continues in Sons and A House Divided, when the Revolution sweeping through China further unsettles Wang Lung’s family in this rich and unforgettable portrait of a family and a country in the throes of widespread national change.

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About the Author

Pearl S. Buck (1892–1973) was a bestselling and Nobel Prize–winning author. Her classic novel The Good Earth (1931) was awarded a Pulitzer Prize and William Dean Howells Medal. Born in Hillsboro, West Virginia, Buck was the daughter of missionaries and spent much of the first half of her life in China, where many of her books are set. In 1934, civil unrest in China forced Buck back to the United States. Throughout her life she worked in support of civil and women’s rights, and established Welcome House, the first international, interracial adoption agency. In addition to her highly acclaimed novels, Buck wrote two memoirs and biographies of both of her parents. For her body of work, Buck received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1938, the first American woman to have done so. She died in Vermont. 

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  • File Size: 14973 KB
  • Print Length: 722 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road Media (May 21, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,284 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very nice book...worth spend time to read January 1, 1999
By A Customer
i've only read the first book of the trilogy..and i find it very interesting and true. because i am asian and this is the first time and first book that i've seen written by a non asian person who describe it so well and so exact (not to be rude to the other author, but some of them does not really really understand our culture and some of their writings are completly wrong) i am searching for the second and the third which i am hoping to read it ASAP..and i know that i would like it
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Purchase the books together October 23, 2013
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I was a little disappointed with the first book in that I had expected more depth and greatness from a book that earned a Pulitzer. I decided to read the next two in the trilogy and in them I found that the completion of the saga made all three books what they are which is fiction very worthy of the Pulitzer they earned. The books are less expensive purchased together and better read in that way!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just like old wine... better as it ages September 10, 2013
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I read The Good Earth during my early college days, and I was captivated by the prose, which was full of words not common among my peers. Nevertheless, nowadays I could not recall any specifics, which drove me to read the trilogy recently. And I discovered that I was attracted to the literary poetry found in The Good Earth. The Sons and A House Divided were less poetic, but the descriptions, especially of the main characters' feelings, were heartening. It was also interesting to compare terms used in the first part of last century which might raise brows today. For example, describing a man as beautiful...
BTW, Ms Buck hooked me on an interest about China, and I have been there several times, always recalling the love for this country instilled by this author.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent insight to pre-30s China January 21, 2014
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A thoroughly enjoyable read providing fascinating insights into life in rural China and the precursors to the revolution. Well written.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece January 20, 2014
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Pearl Buck gives us a view of life in "the old days" of China and how hard life was. Great in letting us learn some of the culture of the time. Lung Wang's desire and worship of the land remains. It is a view my family has always had the love of the land itself for if you own and have land you are well off.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as I remembered. January 19, 2014
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Loved this trilogy, plan on reading more of her books in the future. The price was so reasonable compared to other sites I checked.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pearl S. Buck has a unique writing style January 18, 2014
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Pearl S. Buck tells a tale of a Chinese family over the generations. By reading this book one learns much about the Chinese culture at the time. The family goes from poor to rich and the changes that occur through this process is very interesting. Ms. Buck's wrting style is easy and enjoyable to read.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite books of all time!! April 28, 1999
By A Customer
This is astory about family, hardship, and the beauty/horror of China. It is moving, beautiful, and easy to read. Enjoy!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok
First book is good the rest are long winded and somewhat boring
Published 2 days ago by ebatiz
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic for generations
I reread "The Good Earth" in high school and revisited it with great enthusiasm. I had never read the sequels. They add a depth to the stories that should not be missed. Read more
Published 3 days ago by J. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Author revisited
Read Pearl Bucks books 60 years or so ago. I am still impressed. What I'm struck with this time around is how she tells her tales in such biblical fashion. Read more
Published 5 days ago by j.dunk
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed these, very well written
Really enjoyed these, very well written. I had read the first one many years ago. Had forgotten how good it was.
Published 7 days ago by Deborah
4.0 out of 5 stars Pearl Buck is a wonderful story teller
Pearl Buck is a wonderful story teller. Her story of the Wang family fortunes from the turn of the century and into the 20th century provides the reader with an in depth look of... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Samantha Renfro
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Trilogy. The Good Earth makes me feel as I have lived this.
These were the first books I had read on my own as a child. The "Good Earth" moved me. We have it so good here in America. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Judith Anne
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love Pearl Buck books
Published 22 days ago by Sharon Horst
5.0 out of 5 stars The Good Earth Trilogy: A book to get lost in
Don't know how I missed the reading of this book all my life but now that I've read it, I have to say I loved it. It's a book to keep and read again in two or three years. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Vicki Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars It is a beautiful look at life in China through several generations
This is a marvelous book. It is a beautiful look at life in China through several generations. The characters are wonderful and come to life and the writing is lovely. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Kimberly C.
I enjoyed reading theses books. The life style of these strong characters. Honor, character and blind submissiveness in most of the woman. The distain in having a female birth. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Chandler Thomas
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More About the Author

Pearl Comfort Sydenstricker was born on June 26, 1892, in Hillsboro, West Virginia. Her parents were Southern Presbyterian missionaries, most often stationed in China, and from childhood, Pearl spoke both English and Chinese. She returned to China shortly after graduation from Randolph-Macon Woman's College in Lynchburg, Virginia, in 1914, and the following year, she met a young agricultural economist named John Lossing Buck. They married in 1917, and immediately moved to Nanhsuchou in rural Anhwei province. In this impoverished community, Pearl Buck gathered the material that she would later use in The Good Earth and other stories of China.
Pearl began to publish stories and essays in the 1920s, in magazines such as The Nation, The Chinese Recorder, Asia, and The Atlantic Monthly. Her first novel, East Wind, West Wind, was published by the John Day Company in 1930. John Day's publisher, Richard Walsh, would eventually become Pearl's second husband, in 1935, after both received divorces.

In 1931, John Day published Pearl's second novel, The Good Earth. This became the bestselling book of both 1931 and 1932, won the Pulitzer Prize and the Howells Medal in 1935, and would be adapted as a major MGM film in 1937. Other novels and books of nonfiction quickly followed. In 1938, less than a decade after her first book had appeared, Pearl won the Nobel Prize in literature, the first American woman to do so. By the time of her death in 1973, Pearl had published more than seventy books: novels, collections of stories, biography and autobiography, poetry, drama, children's literature, and translations from the Chinese. She is buried at Green Hills Farm in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

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