The Pulitzer Prize–winning, New York Times–bestselling novel about a peasant farmer and his family in early twentieth-century China.
The Good Earth is Buck’s classic story of Wang Lung, a Chinese peasant farmer, and his wife, O-lan, a former slave. With luck and hard work, the couple’s fortunes improve over the years: They have sons, and save steadily until one day they can afford to buy property in the House of Wang—the very house in which O-lan used to work. But success brings with it a new set of problems. Wang soon finds himself the target of jealousy, and as good harvests come and go, so does the social order. Will Wang’s family cherish the estate after he’s gone? And can his material success, the bedrock of his life, guarantee anything about his soul? Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the William Dean Howells Award, The Good Earth was an Oprah’s Book Club choice in 2004. A readers’ favorite for generations, this powerful and beautifully written fable resonates with universal themes of hope and family unity. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Pearl S. Buck including rare images from the author’s estate.
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First published in 1931, Pearl S. Buck’s story of a Chinese peasant farmer and his family remains a moving, relatable story. As the industrial revolution sweeps through early 20th-century China, the Lung family experience shifting fortunes as they suffer through life’s hardships and rejoice in every day’s small successes. An American Christian missionary who spent years in East Asia, Buck wrote The Good Earth as a portrait of daily life in China at a time when few Americans had insight into what the country was like. It’s a cautionary tale against wealth and idleness, a celebration of nature’s majesty, and most importantly, a kind and humane look at family ties in the face of upheaval.
The Good Earth
This classic book was especially appealing to me because of my agricultural background. Ms. Buck orates a saga of momentous proportions that is hard to put down. I expect to read the remaining two books of the Good Earth trilogy-this is too good of a story, and Buck, too good an author, to pass up on!