I had read this book when I was very young and liked it. This time around I was able to understand and probe into the depth of the characters. I loved it!
No wonder this book and this author have been so respected and famous. It is a very worthy book. It is engaging, easy to listen to, easy to follow so it's not a difficult book, but it has a lot to say. I think it's a credit very well spent!
Yes...it's a human story. The culture is different, but the human emotions and foibles are universal.
Wang Lung - the main character. The story follows him from a poor farmer, his marriage and birth of children - all the while becoming more successful as a farmer. In his success, Wang Lung is not satisfied, but looks for more. But more only brings on another set of troubles. This is a universal story of the human heart which seeks to find satisfaction in wealth and prestige, but is really never satisfied.
Tell us about yourself! WHO Cares! It's not about me!
I love how it takes to a time of simplicity. Something we lack in this techno age.
Brilliant. His depiction of thecharacters is great. Pearl would have been happy with it I think.
Yes, I would listen to it again because this book illustrates that we all have a basic sense of morality and care for the well being of others even when society as a whole does not reflect those same feelings. I think a reader in the varying stages of life would gather different things from this story every decade or so.
Wang Lung was my favorite character because there were so many dimensions to who he was and his inner conflicts are so real. His is candid with the reader and reveals a lot without intentionally doing so. He does not even understand it himself but the reader gets it.
Wan Lung's father
No - I enjoyed it very much but it is quite long and I have so many more to listen to.
Learning about another culture.
Very well written that gives the assumption of great accuracy for the Chinese rural culture mindset of the time - the misogynistic overtones are very strong and may be difficult for continual consumption - the reader does a superb job in every way
This story is impeccably crafted in its simplicity -- it's human-ness. The performance by Anthony Heald is outstanding. I will be looking for more audio books with his voice, an incredible narrator.
The character of the wife was painfully plain in her manner, but thoroughly supporting the family throughout.
My favorite scene was when Wang Lung appreciated his wife and cared for her as she lay dying.
Also, I loved the connection Wang Lung had to the land around him.
When O-lan was having children alone and went right back to the fields
An incredibly good story on all counts. It's multi-faceted, thoroughly a character study through the life of one farmer. I loved it thoroughly. Anthony Heald is an amazing talent.
I was ashamed that I had not read this wonderful classic prior to now! Pearl Buck is a lyrical and compelling writer - and her story is gripping! So for those who missed this in childhood (I think it is probably elementary school writing) enjoy!! Like many "children's" books - this one has depths that would be missed by many young readers.
This book was pretty interesting. The beginning started of well. In my opinion this book
started of very well and stayed quite interesting until about the middle where it sort of became still interesting but a little slow and depressing down to the slightly dissatisfying ending. I think that it would have been productive for the author to end the book at the end of part one. Despite the less enrapturing begging the good earth is still a masterful novel. It shows about how great wealth can only bring sorrows and to have a little over enough is ideal, that love is what's important. Although unlike many books about love vs. money it is not about one's love for one's family but love of the earth. Belonging with the earth which spawns undying satisfaction and the only true happiness.The good earth although not perfect sends a powerful message and begs of your attention. It translates an understanding deeper than bone it's not to be missed out on!