- Publisher: Cardinal Books/Pocket Books; 11th printing edition (January 1, 1959)
- ISBN-10: 1471147436
- ISBN-13: 978-1471147432
- Package Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 1,109 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,687 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Good Earth. Paperback – January 1, 1959
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There is such a close relationship between man and land that we have forgotten in our everyday lives.
The only thing I take issue is, the book sets up the wrong expectations of what a "good woman is". How can O Lan be an accurate portrayal of what the women of those times were like? She is like a superwoman to a ridiculous extent. Giving birth and going back to till the land, plus cooking dinner, all in the same afternoon?!!
The plot is also somewhat depressing. In the end, wealth cannot buy happiness. And a woman can be perfect, but if she has big feet and is not good at conversation, somehow, men still go for the coquettish types who can sweet-talk?
I purchased The Good Earth on Kindle recently because it was $3.00 and I recalled it having an effect on me. It moved me as it did fifty years before. It is simply, and yet powerfully written, stirring the same emotions in me as it did before. As I re-read it, I kept reminding myself “This is just fiction about Chinese peasants”. But it is far more than that. Much as Shakespeare transcends the sixteenth century to tell stories about people, so Pearl S. Buck transcends the foreign mores and privation of turn-of-the-twentienth century China in telling her spellbinding story.
This may still be the best book I have ever read. The Good Earth was then, and remains now, a classic of English literature.
There is nothing sugar-coated in the images provided by Pearl Buck. The author gives names and faces to Chinese people and provided an honest, human view of life. Without question, this work by the author caused many Americans to come to the aid of China as it was assaulted by the immoral and inhuman forces of the Empire of Japan beginning in 1931. I recommend this haunting book to everyone with some sense of decency and historical reality.
now - have to find out what happens to this family. I can see why Ms Pearl S. Buck won the Nobel Prize for Literature --first American Woman -