The good earth - PDF novel by Pearl S. Buck (1931)

The good earth

The good earth

Review by Dem

The story is absorbing and exquisitely written. A memorable classic that is a must for any book club or readers who enjoy well written historical fiction novels. The Good Earth is a novel by Pearl S. Buck published in 1931 that dramatizes family life in a Chinese village in the early 20th century. 

It is the first book in a trilogy that includes Sons and A House Divided. It won the Pulitzer Prize and is considered a classic. The novel is set in a timeless China and provides no exact dates although the author does provide subtle hints that the novel that it is just before the revolution. 

This is the story of Wang Lung a poor farmer in a small village who in the opening chapters of the book marries O-lan. They have four children together, three boys and one girl. With hard work and determination, Wang Lung and O-lan build a life for their family but not without struggles and hardship.

The overarching theme of The Good Earth is the nourishing power of the land. Throughout the novel, a connection to the land is associated with moral piety, good sense, respect for nature

the book details :
  • Author:  Pearl S. Buck
  • Publication date: 1931
  • Company: [London] : Albatross

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