Hard times come upon Wang Lung and his family when flood and drought force them to seek work in the city. The working people riot, breaking into the homes of the rich and forcing them to flee. When Wang Lung shows mercy to one noble and is rewarded, he begins to rise in the world, even as the House of Hwang falls.
©1958 Pearl S. Buck; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.
"A beautiful, beautiful book. At last we read, in the pages of a novel, of the real people of China." (Saturday Review)
"The Good Earth has style, power, coherence and a pervasive sense of dramatic reality." (New York Times Book Review)
"To read this story of Wang Lung is to be slowly and deeply purified; and when the last page is finished it is as if some significant part of one's own days were over." (Bookman)
The character changes the main character made as his financial status grew.
I loved the way the narrator gave each character a personality/ voice.She is amazingly talented.
Riches Can and Do Corrupt!
Quite entertaining listen.
Heck YES. And I have done so, several times. Pearl Buck's body of work is a world treasure. I felt as though I was living IN the book/story. It is worth several re-reads.
Towards the end where the family recieves it directions for life from the parents. A real triumph of life.
This was my first listen of Mr. Heald. Real, honest, without any personal attitude.
GET THIS BOOK AND THE SEQUALS!!!
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.
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