I knew the story from the very old movie I found on the movie channel, but to read the book version brought a whole new appreciation for Buck's story. Masterful! The performance of the book is the best that I've heard. Bravo!
Pearl Buck has been one of my favorite authors for decades. I first read The Good Earth many moons ago while I was pregnant with my youngest daughter (& had lots of time to read because I was unable to do some of the more strenuous work on my farm), and I fell in love with her books with a passion. I went right back to the library and checked out every book of P.B.'s that I could find. I have probably read most of her works several times each and never tire of them. Pearl not only gives us a good look at a culture different from our own, but also shows us the ongoing struggle between the past and it's lifestyles, beliefs, practices, more's, laws, etc. and changes that continually occur in all cultures and their people as their lifestyles, beliefs, and so on... grow and adapt (we hope) as the world around us marches on through time. Most of all, Pearl gives us an unblinking look into all the good and the bad aspects of human nature deep in the depths of the human heart...in all cultures. After experiencing this book once again (for it truly is a moving experience!), I can still say it is one of the best books ever written on this earth.
Absolutely captivating story I finished in two days. The characters stayed with me afterwards as only happens with excellent fiction. The narration was brilliant. Above average experience, for sure.
I was waiting for a big ah ha ending where all the life circumstances come together to make a positive impact upon the family, community or land, but alas it never came. What was the authors point? It makes me think of Socrates statement "an unexamined life is not worth living". I kept waiting for the examination part of the story to come to these characters and it never did. I felt sorry for them-- just being pushed by the tides and never finding deeper understanding or meaning to govern their actions other than pride and selfishness.
I've read this book several times, from the time I was a teenager. The story is beautiful and it is poetry. The audible version brought a new perspective somehow. I could not stop listening!
the narrator brought the story to life. highly recommend this charming tale of life in rural China.
One of the best books I had read. It should be required reading for American students if it isn't already. Do we ever really appreciate the blessings we have while seeking our heart's desires?