The Pulitzer Prize–winning classic novel of China, together with its two sequels—by the Nobel Prize winner.
The Good Earth is Buck’s classic, Pulitzer Prize–winning 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 are blessed with 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? The family’s story continues in Sons and A House Divided, when the Revolution sweeping through China further unsettles Wang Lung’s family in this rich and unforgettable portrait of a family and a country in the throes of widespread national change.
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The Good Earth
Pearl S. Buck writes in such a way that it makes her emotions reach into your heart and brain to pull out your "good". It is a must read for every man, woman, and child (8-12 grade).
It is the basis of good vs evil, family dynamics as well is the haves and have nots. Personally, I have not read her other two books in this trilogy. Can't wait to read them, but you have to read the first book in order to make sense out of the other two. "the Good Earth", however, can and does stand alone.