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)
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.
The upside to a two-hour a day commute - listening to the books I never had the time or inclination to read when I was younger! I usually prefer non-fiction. I think what drew me to this story was how oddly relevant it is - though it took place in such a different time and place. The choices we make regarding family and work, the priorities we set, and life being passed from one generation to the next. Both the writing and the narration were a joy.
I'm a retired mental health professional now I make jewelry while listening to audio books. I live in the NW corner of the contenent.
I really enjoyed this book. I do think would make a great movie and I like the title.
I am an RN with a 40 minute commute 1 way. A perfect excuse to have a good book keeping me company!
This book was excellent. The story was incredible & the performance was perfect & easy to listen to. Initially, I wasn't sure where the story was going; then it occurred to me it didn't have to "go" anywhere. It was just a story about a Chinese man & his life. While it was very well written, at first I was sure that if I was trying to read it (rather than listen) I would quit because it is written somewhat simply. However I came to realize that is part of the beauty of this book. The end makes it seem as though there is a sequel....I hope so!
I'm a busy stay at home Mom, with an adolescent "special needs" kiddo & my husband with MS. I love gardening, cooking, reading, and hand crafts. Being able to listen to a book while I'm doing other things (including dreadful things like housekeeping) is heavenly!
The story, as written and read, put me in China in a period where caste systems, filial duty, female helplessness & value only as "trophies," and tasks / infrastructure construction were completed for the elite by hoards of male & female serfs existed(possibly early 20th century).
The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder because of the attention to detail and the emotional experiences of the family members.
I loved the scenes where he and his wife were intimate and honest with each other (eg, working together in the fields and his remorse over his inability to express his love to himself & his wife when he learns she is terminally ill).
Looking forward to completing the series!
This novel is part story part fable. Set in the 1800s, Pearl S. Buck weaves a tale of the fortunes and misfortunes of a farmer in China and his family. The story is evenly told along with a lush backdrop of China's landscape and culture. Her use of language makes it a pleasure to read.
The narrator, Anthony Heald, earns special notice for creating apt voices for myriad characters and also for the cadenced read of descriptive passages, bringing them to life.
I tried to describe the plot to a friend and they thought it sounded boring and I can't dispute that it should be...but it wasn't. I was completely entertained pretty much the whole way even with very little suspense, excitement or humor. I see why its a classic but it didn't do quite enough for me to read the rest of the trilogy.
Oh yes, someday I'm certain will for several reasons. The writing is beautiful and shows such an understanding of the people and the time they lived in. The performance by Anthony Heald is exceptional This is an audiobook to lose yourself in.
The years of draught and near-starvation.
I'm somewhat embarrassed to admit that I've waited so long to "read" this book. It is timeless and a true classic
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