The Good Earth is a timeless journey through early-twentieth-century China. Pearl S. Buck paints a vivid picture of a common farmer as he struggles to bring forth sustenance from his land, day after day. Together, he and his family face many trials and tribulations, but through it all, the family keeps faith in the restorative power of the land.
The Good Earth demystified early-twentieth-century China for the American people when it was first published, allowing a glimpse into customs of the day that were considered savage and inscrutable.
A breakdown on the two main characters:
Wang Lung: the main character, the poor farmer forced to work the land in order to survive. Restless and maddening (to the readers), Wang Lung always seems to be making the wrong decisions.
O-lan: Wang Lung’s wife, the wisdom in the family. O-lan is the perfect wife. Sadly, Wang Lung only begins to appreciate her after her death.
So, overall, the book is definitely worth reading. However, viewer discretion is advised since the book tends to be dark, somber, and otherwise depressing.
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