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)
Well written, entertaining book involving much Chinese social and economic culture. Worth reading! Very enjoyable and I looked forward to listening to the book at every opportunity.
I don't think the audio edition can be considered better, as much as it can be considered to "enrich" the experience of the book as a whole. Buck wrote with such clarity of subject and description - it is not hard to visualize from her printed words. Heald's narration only takes that clarity and puts it in your ears.
The moment when the farmer realizes his error in having taken two pearls from his wife, to give to his mistress.
He didn't overly embelish tone or voices - very nice smooth presentation of a classic.
The main character, the farmer - the story is about him and his love of the land.
This is at least the third time I've read or listened to this story. I love it more each time. So much to learn about cultural suppression of women, resiliency, human nature and our ties to the earth.
Timeless story delivered with superb narration. For those who have read Buck, this is a great audible version. For those new to Buck, this is a fine introduction.
I value intelligent stories with characters I can relate to. I can appreciate good prose, but a captivating plot is way more important.
I don't usually go for high literature or drama, but I am trying to expand my horizons. This book has some beautiful prose, and a moving story with characters that you can care about.
This wonderful story was made even better by the perfect performance of Mr. Heald. Probably the best audiobook performance I've ever heard; he captured the characters and the mood with precision.
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