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)
Truly affecting period saga. I love how textured the main character is- Buck isn't afraid of making him fallible, unreliable and even downright unsympathetic in pursuit of a more dynamic portrait. Best narrator I've heard so far in an audiobook. [AUDIBLE]
Rags to riches story of a Chinese farmer. The first half was great. The farmer and his family fought for survival, forcing them into interesting scenarios that were very compelling to read. The wife was especially interesting (almost mysterious). After the farmer and his family became better situated however, things became predictable and repetitive. By the end I wasn't very interested.
I started reading this book thinking that here was a wonderful portrait of how life has a way of ensnaring everyone to compromise the image of who they want to be - and that extra money/things only hastens and expands this. By the end, however, I wasn't sure that this was the message. I didn't get the idea that any of the characters felt compromised in this way. Maybe this is because, for the most part, each got what they wanted and didn't seem to regret the paths taken to get what they wanted. I probably missed the point and maybe that is why I felt bored for the last half of this book.
The story is immortal. The story of mankind from generation to generation no matter what era.
The mother, her knowledge, and determination
Great, perfect for these story
Then and now now and then
Listen to the inner story
Enjoyed listening to this book. The narrator did a fantastic job with the time and the characters. Great tale of a mans life from rags to riches and everything in between.
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.
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