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The Good Earth

de Pearl S. Buck

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12,010238381 (4.03)618
"This Pulitzer Prize-winning classic tells the poignant tale of a Chinese farmer and his family in old agrarian China. The humble Wang Lung glories in the soil he works, nurturing the land as it nurtures him and his family. Nearby, the nobles of the House of Hwang consider themselves above the land and its workers; but they will soon meet their own downfall. Hard times come upon Wang Lung and his family when flood and drought force them to seek work in the city. The working people riot, breaking into the homes of the rich and forcing them to flee. When Wang Lung shows mercy to one noble and is rewarded, he begins to rise in the world, even as the House of Hwang falls" -- from publisher's web site.… (més)
  1. 80
    Flor de Neu i el ventall secret de Lisa See (mcenroeucsb)
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    El Raïm de la ira de John Steinbeck (John_Vaughan)
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    East of Eden de John Steinbeck (John_Vaughan)
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    Tot se'n va en orris de Chinua Achebe (Ellen_Elizabeth)
    Ellen_Elizabeth: Another classic, historical fiction novel that explores a traditional culture through the story of one man and his family. Both were written in English and illustrate the author's perceived strengths and weaknesses of the subject culture in a way that is accessible to western readers.… (més)
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  7. 10
    La perla de John Steinbeck (Authoress)
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This is another book for our work book club- and it was a really good read. I can see why it won the Pulitzer. I'm glad I read it. However, its not one I want to read again.

On the top, its a simple book about a farmer trying to survive with the bare minimum. The farmer seems satisfied, but on a deeper read, he wants more. With themes of family and cycles, doing whatever it takes for survival vs honor, its not so simple.

At times, its seems too simple. For example, its missing the larger community, and how Wang Lung and his family interact with them. The story also skips years, with only a mention of ages (eg the oldest son wants to marry). This is intentionally vague by the writer, but at times, a bit jarring for a reader.

And last, this is not an easy book to read. Its simply written, but it deals with themes of starvation, survival, and all that comes with this. ( )
  TheDivineOomba | Apr 18, 2021 |
I can see the objectively good literary technique in this, but I utterly hated reading it because it's so relentlessly bleak and the protagonist is so horrible. The only main characters I found bearable were O-Lan and Ching.
  Tara_Calaby | Apr 10, 2021 |
I loved it. Offers a complex, engaging portrait of a life not only away from the mainstream of history where I live, but away from the mainstream of its own country as well. ( )
  poirotketchup | Mar 18, 2021 |
Oh man, this story. It's a doozy. Some parts are just so very sad. The family just keeps trying and trying and trying. Their life is such a struggle. The woman, OMG, her entire life is heartbreaking. Thinking of her makes me feel overwhelmed. The Good Earth is about a family trying to live off the land and better themselves. Each decision affects their entire future. It's a humbling story for sure. This is a hard book for me to rate. I love a book that makes me emotional, and this did that very much. Some parts made me upset in a bad way though, but I guess it really was just staying true to how life was. If you're looking for a story to take you away, this did that for me. It totally took over my mind while I was reading it. If you're looking for a upbeat tale, this probably isn't it. It's not all sad like my review is making it sound though. I do recommend it very much.
4 stars ( )
  ToniFGMAMTC | Feb 17, 2021 |
Nicely written with sparse use of descriptive words but yet enough to get a feeling for the people and the setting. My Western values kept getting in the way as I read about the treatment of O-lan although it was apparent that she accepted it as the way of life. She worked so hard and yet he felt the need to take Lotus into the house as his sex toy. Wang Lung felt so strongly and rightly so about the value of land. As always the young do not value things like their parents. Wang's burden of following traditional ways for his father, uncle, and sons was admirable. Interesting how his thoughts about rich people changed as he became one. ( )
  kshydog | Dec 13, 2020 |
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Nom de l'autorCàrrecTipus d'autorObra?Estat
Pearl S. Buckautor primaritotes les edicionscalculat
Heald, AnthonyNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Kortemeier, S.Dissenyador de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Malling, LivTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Mendes, OscarTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Mulder de Dauner, ElisabethTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Simon, ErnstTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Zody, BepTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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...This was what Vinteuil had done for the little phrase. Swann felt that the composer had been content (with the instruments at his disposal) to draw aside its veil, to make it visible, following and respecting its outlines with a hand so loving, so prudent, so delicate and so sure, that the sound altered at every moment, blunting itself to indicate a shadow, springing back into life when it must follow the curve of some more bold projection. And one proof that Swann was not mistaken when believed in the real existence of this phrase was that anyone with an ear at all delicate for music would have at once detected the imposture had Vinteuil, endowed with less power to see and to render its forms, sought to dissemble (by adding a line, here and there, of his own invention) the dimness of his vision or the feebleness of his hand.
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He had no articulate thought of anything; there was only this perfect sympathy of movement, of turning this earth of theirs over and over to the sun, this earth which formed their home and fed their bodies and made their gods. The earth lay rich and dark, and fell apart lightly under the points of their hoes, Sometimes they turned up a bit of brick, a splinter of wood. It was nothing. Sometimes, in some age, bodies of men and women had been buried there, houses had stood there, had fallen, and gone back into the earth. So would also their house, sometime, return into the earth, their bodies also. Each had his turn at this earth. They worked on, moving together — together — producing the fruit of this earth — speechless in their movement together.
…he said nothing still, she looked at him piteously and sadly out of her strange dumb eyes that were like a beast’s eyes that cannot speak, and then she went away, creeping and feeling for the door because of her tears that blinded her.

Wang Lung watched her as she went and he was glad to be alone, but still he was ashamed and he was still angry that he was ashamed, and he said to himself, and he muttered the words aloud and restlessly, as though he quarreled with someone, “Well, and other men are so and I have been good enough to her, and there are men worse than I.” And he said at last that O-lan must bear it.
My house and my land it is, and if it were not for the land we should all starve as the others did, and you could not walk about in your dainty robes idle as a scholar. It is the good land that has made you something better than a farmer’s lad.
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"This Pulitzer Prize-winning classic tells the poignant tale of a Chinese farmer and his family in old agrarian China. The humble Wang Lung glories in the soil he works, nurturing the land as it nurtures him and his family. Nearby, the nobles of the House of Hwang consider themselves above the land and its workers; but they will soon meet their own downfall. Hard times come upon Wang Lung and his family when flood and drought force them to seek work in the city. The working people riot, breaking into the homes of the rich and forcing them to flee. When Wang Lung shows mercy to one noble and is rewarded, he begins to rise in the world, even as the House of Hwang falls" -- from publisher's web site.

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