This is the story of a humble Chinese peasant farmer struggling to eke out a living in rural China around the turn of the last century. He also strugg..Show More »les to rise above his humble beginnings, an odd stroke of good fortune amidst disaster aiding in the effort. He never forgets that his roots and heritage lie in the land he amasses and with limited success instills that in his family. This story is so magnificently written, each character is so perfectly drawn, the descriptions so vivid, one obtains a clear unadulterated concept of the way of life the Chinese farmer had then. It feels as though the author gives deep thought to each and every word she puts on paper, how each sentence is built and how each subplot is played out, it is written that well. The reader, too, is up to the challenge of such a task. He's simply superb in the difficult vocalizations of the cast of characters ranging from the elderly Chinese to the young of both sexes. It's not often I can say this but this is one of the best I've ever listened to or read. This is highly deserving of its Pulitzer prize (1932) and is a true masterpiece of American literature.
A good book. Not as good as The Good Earth, but worth your credit. The writing is just as flawless, but instead of a rag to riches story we have a bun..Show More »ch of unhappy rich people. Since the characters are not as easy to love, the book is not as good as the first. If you have not read The Good Earth, read that first.
Nepotism is studied in detail and of course the results are not good. There are some good lessons for parents about raising children and trying to steer their lives in certain directions. Matter of fact the book ends with a surprise for a father about his son. This leads you to want to read the third book, which I hope to do some day.
Years ago I used to play a game called, Romance of the Three Kingdoms and this book, made me want to go back to that game. It seems one of the sons may even be in the game, I am not sure. The book Romance of the Three Kingdoms is mentioned in this book.
The Good Earth was the best selling book in 1932 and 1933 and won a Pulitzer. This book can not compete with that, but it is a great historical fiction.