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)
Probably not. I greatly appreciated learning what the book had to teach me but it is a difficult book to read, at least for me it was, emotionally. I typically pick books to re-read which are enjoyable or comforting.
I recommend other readers try 'The Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China' by Jung Chang which continues the story of the Great China Cultural Revolution through the lives of three generations of women.
'The Good Earth' reminds me also of an American classic, 'The Grapes of Wrath' by John Steinbeck which also takes place in the 1930's and is centered around around a man and his family relocating to enable them to survive.
The scenes with the father and his first daughter---very touching scenes.
The wife's last days and her life.
I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!
Few books written in 1931 can be enjoyed by readers today. This book will still be popular two hundred years from now. This was America's best seller in 1931 and 1932 and won the Pulitzer.
This is a rags to riches story, a human interest story, a history of China. We follow a peasant farmer who is so poor that putting tea leaves in hot water is considered too much an extravagance. He marries a big ugly slave woman and is happy to do so. We follow his life as he goes through a famine in which his family becomes beggars and almost starves. Where he considers selling his daughter so both can survive. We follow him as he becomes successful. We see how money changes him.
Throughout the story he continues to love the earth. All the characters in this book come alive and you care for each and everyone of them. You feel for the big ugly woman, who works hard and does everything to be the best wife possible, but lives in a society where small dainty women are valuable and big ugly woman a burden. All women are property and we see how woman survive in such a society.
I gave this book 5 stars, something I almost never do, you are missing out if you don't read this book.
For years people have been telling me I should read this book. I finally downloaded the audio format and was blown away by both the incredible story and the masterful reading by Anthony Heald. I listen to at least one audiobook a week and this narration stands out among the very best. I was struck by how Buck so persuasively tells the story of a man and his family from a completely different culture. But it turns out that Buck was born and spent much of her life in China. The narrator seemed to capture the cadence of her writing (sometimes criticized I read, for being too repetitive) beautifully. I highly recommend this download.
I don't know how to begin the praise for this narrator, Anthony Heald. I hope he looks back on comments about his work periodically, because it will give him a real lift. Quite simply, he made this book come alive with his sensitive phrasing, his change in tone of voice, his authenticity. I don't know if I would have enjoyed this book half as much if someone else had narrated it. He is a master.
I am retired and I love having more time for audio books. I also enjoy hiking, birding, gardening, and genealogy.
A superb narration makes this classic well worth listening to and enjoying.
I am an avid eclectic reader.
This book was written in 1931 as the first book in a trilogy. Peal Buck won the Pulitzer Prize for this book in 1932. She was also the first American woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. She was born and raised in China of American parents. She was a professor at the University in Nanking when the Japanese attack. She kept trying to return to China but the communist government refused her.
The other books in the trilogy are "Sons" and "A House Divided".
This book is a tale of Wang Lung a Chinese farmer in old agrarian china. He survives drought, famine, floods, locust invasions, war and family problems. Though it all he manages to succeed in building his farm. Buck brings the story to life and paints a picture of China in the 1890's. Anthony Heald does a great job narrating the story. When you read this book you will understand why Buck is considered a master story teller. I am glad to see Audible offering her books and hope they will offer all of them.
Anthony Heald does this gem of a story much justice! His voices are spot on, and it is magical the way the voice of Wang Lung gradually changes with his age. The narration is done with all the flavor, pathos and gentle humor that this marvelous book contains. The characters are gorgeously expressed, be they young or old men, quiet or clamorous women, or naughty or nice children. You will love this story and the storyteller equally!
What a timeless piece of work, so masterfully written by Ms. Buck and equally performed by Mr. Heald. I so thoroughly enjoyed listening to this reader bring this book to life; I so completely savored the lovely way in which Ms. Buck wove the language around even the tiniest perceptions of characters who, to a large degree, were extremely conservative of spoken words.
I would highly recommend this book. It was a joy to listen to; and I'm sure I will listen to it again.
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