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.
This is book two of the "Good Earth" trilogy it was copyrighted in 1932, the trilogy won the Pulitzer prize. The Good Earth won the Nobel Prize for L..Show More »iterature. Peal S. Buck was the first American woman to win the Nobel Prize for literature. The "Sons" picks up the story from the end of the "Good Earth" at the death of Wang Lung and follows the lives of the three sons. The book lacks the passion that Wang Lung had for the land that drove the "Good Earth." These sons grew up rich and lived a rich spoiled life each a bit different, the educated son is Wang the Landlord, the money maker is Wang the Merchant and Wang the Tiger is the war lord. The story is about the son's rising against their father and the bitter struggles to the death between the old and the new China. Buck brought many real life situation into a story of a old and foreign culture to us. She writes of love, suicide, loneliness, greed and the drive for power. She demonstrated the role of women in the old China. It is a story of love, tragedy and war. Anthony Heald did a good job narrating the story. Buck is a master story teller.