35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
Pride is his undoing~,
This review is from: The Good Earth (Oprah's Book Club) (Paperback)
This is an easy book to read. The story is one that is totally universal; power corrupts and distorts us, on any level. The main character is a poor farmer who works hard but is just holding even with life. When he takes a bride, a slave girl who is plain quiet, his life turns around. As Wang Lung's fortunes change for the better - mostly due to the additional help of his new bride, his character shifts with his growing purse. Greed, pride and materialism take root in his soul. This isn't about a man who goes mad as he becomes a king; this is about the slow slide down as a man goes from being a poor farmer to a landowner. Not grandly wealthy by "city" standards, but wealthy from his own perspective. He is unable and unwilling to grasp how it's his wife's work that has brought him to this wealth. It's a story about how having nothing, and then getting a little something can make us want more and more. Pride and greed rob Wang Yung of his daily joys.
This story has staying power. I read it a few months ago and it continues to wind its way through my mind. I have re-examined my own desires and my own definition of wealth. It's worth the read, easy to digest and a very pleasurable tale.
HonestOmnivore "Middle aged tech employee with interests from behavioral economics to Harry Potter. I live on a small farm outside of Kent Ohio."
Location: Kent, Ohio
Top Reviewer Ranking: 4,194