The Good Earth

The Good Earth

Book - 2004
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Mar 27, 2019

This book gives interesting, sometimes shocking insights about the live in pre-Revolutionary China, however all but one characters are so unlovable, petty, angry, shallow, greedy etc that I found finishing this book difficult. A negative message is not necessarily a wise message....If you want to reinforce a misanthrope inside, this is a good choice!

Feb 04, 2019

Brilliantly written! Very engaging. Great description of the farmers and the culture of the China of the early 20th Century!

Oct 12, 2017 I loved this book. I thought about it whenever I was not reading and dreamt of it while I was asleep. The characters are rich, and the Earth, Oh, The Good can feel, smell and taste of it while you read her beautiful sentences. How sweetly I was surprised to know it was book one of three. I can hardly wait to continue the story.

May 20, 2017

The fact that this is a very readable, fascinating, enjoyable book stands out very soon. There is so much missing in Western education, at least mine, that there is always something I was not aware of or unusual people. For example, I learned that there were rich farmers, and that they also had Chinese slaves. Among the rich, as far as I understood, a family becomes larger with relatives, personal relationships and slaves. I have read other Chines history, for example, Cixi the last empress of China, but in none did I “get down into the dirt” so closely to the land and people. I highly recommend reading this book for both the entertainment and historical values.

Oct 31, 2016

It was a pleasure to read. I haven't read a good novel in a while. O-Lan was my favorite character. I was hoping for her to play a bigger, major role. I look forward to reading the rest of the trilogy.

Sep 04, 2016

This book has themes that really resonated with me as I was reading it, such as the power of hard work, the importance of family, the sin of complacency, laziness and greed, and the natural tendency of people to move towards ruin. I feel like I missed the main point of O-Lan's character, but I think this is a book that anyone can enjoy!

Dec 15, 2015

Beautifully written book; the story and characters are so compelling, I hardly came up for air. I will be haunted by O-Lan for a long time. I loved all of the details of daily life (especially the food) that were woven so skillfully into the story, must read more by the author.

Jun 28, 2014

This is an amazing book. It really showed the hardships that people in China had to go through at that time, whether poor or rich. I've learned a lot reading Buck's books and will continue to read them. I would like to know what someone from China thinks of this book as, although Buck grew up in China and lived there her whole life, she was American.

May 20, 2014

liked the first 2/3rds of the book more than the last 3rd, which I found kind of lagged. The content was interesting as it was quite different from the fare I typically read: the gender roles in pre-revolutionary china were disturbing for me and I found the experience of rural poverty really poignant too. The writing was very well done, and now I'm interested to read "Fighting Angel".

Booksaregold Jul 27, 2013

Very boring at the beginning but it got very interesting but the sad part was how Lung treated O-lan. it's very interesting with a lot of descriptions

yo216 Aug 03, 2012

If you enjoy reading Pearl S. Buck, read Peony. Entertaining, educational and Pearl S. Buck exceptional writing. I just read Peony for the first time and will again read The Good Earth, read many years.

Aug 01, 2012

I mentioned this title in the ongoing review series "Literary Counterparts."

Jul 20, 2012

My very favourite book.

Jun 14, 2012

One is grateful for living in Canada after reading this book.

Jun 13, 2012

The theme was very interesting, and the writing was crafted very well. Pearl S. Buck got into the point of view of the character very gracefully and convicingly. The literary devices she used made the story very wise and inspirational. However, some parts of the story went rather slowly, so it did not always keep me interested. Overall, I would recommend this book because of the high level of writing.

Jan 11, 2012

An intersting story of how wealth and power doesn't necessarily bring happiness, and how it can corrupt even the most moral of us. Enjoyed immensley.

Nov 03, 2011

I enjoyed this book and will look for others by Pearl S Buck

Goober1950 Jul 23, 2011

Fabulous book. Great for own library.

debwalker Jun 11, 2011

"I found Pearl Buck's masterpiece The Good Earth (on the strength of which she became the first woman to win the Nobel Prize for literature) is a wonderful surprise. Set in the China of a century ago and told with elegant simplicity, it follows a rural family's rise from poverty to wealth. But this is by no means a triumphant rags-to-riches saga. Insightful and cleverly nuanced, the book explores the moral compromises of success, foreshadowing the recent transformation of China itself."

Ronald Wright

Mar 31, 2011

This book was recommended to me by one of the library staff. I had shared with them I wanted some uplifting reading. They suggest I begin reading The Classics. I began with my new reading journey with this book.

I found The Good Earth to be well written, informative and disturbing at times. By reading this book it has created a longing to learn and educate myself in regards ot the culture of the Chinese.

While I wouldn't purchase this book to include it in my private library I would recommend it to others that haven't before read the book.

Nov 16, 2010

Totally engrossing. A favorite of mine for sure.

Oct 28, 2010

It has been a long time since I've read the book, but it was really good. I was amazed at how well Pearl captured the life in China, or the setting. Our greed, selfishness, and ambitions are all within this book. A MUST READ!

Feb 16, 2009

This is the 44th of a series of titles selected by writer Yann Martel to provide to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, to encourage an appreciation of the arts and literature in particular in the PM, and to also help him with his stillness and thoughtfulness. Martel has regularly sent books from a wide range of literary traditions to Harper, and has devoted a Web site to the book list and his kind and considered covering letters with each volume.

Jan 07, 2009

A very good read......highly recommend this book. It is a story about family, culture and life. I could not put it down.

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