The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
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A beautiful illustration of the cycle of life that encompasses the universal theme of ambition, The Good Earth is a must-read that no wonder won Pearl S. Buck the Nobel Peace Prize and has stood as a classic for many decades.
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Pearl S. Buck’s timeless masterpiece, the Pulitzer Prize–winning story of a farmer’s journey through China in the 1920s
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 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? 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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Pearl S. Buck, June 26, 1892 - March 6, 1973 Pearl Sydenstricker Buck was an American author, best know for her novels about China. Buck was born on June 26, 1892, in Hillsboro, West Virginia, but as the daughter of Presbyterian missionaries she was taken to China in infancy. She received her early education in Shanghai, but returned to the United States to attend college, and graduated from Randolph-Macon Woman's College in Virginia in 1914. Buck became a university teacher there and married John Lossing Buck, an agricultural economist, in 1917. Buck and her husband both taught in China, and she published magazine articles about life there. Her first novel East Wind, West Wind was published in 1930. Buck achieved international success with The Good Earth, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1932. This story of a Chinese peasant family's struggle for survival was later made into a MGM film. Buck resigned from the Presbyterian Board of Foreign Missions after publishing an article that was critical of missionaries. She returned to the United States because of political unrest in China. Buck's novels during this period include Sons, A House Divided, and The Mother. She also wrote biographies of her father (Fighting Angel) and her mother (The Exile). She won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1938. During her career, Buck published over 70 books: novels, nonfiction, story collections, children's books, and translations from the Chinese. She also wrote under the pseudonym John Sedges. In the United States, Buck was active in the civil rights and women's rights movements. In 1942 she founded the East and West Association to promote understanding between Asia and the West. In 1949, Buck established Welcome House, the first international interracial adoption agency. In 1964, she established the Pearl S. Buck foundation to sponsor support for Amerasian children who were not considered adoptable. Pearl Buck died in Danbury, Vermont, on March 6, 1973.
 
Published August 21, 2012 by Open Road Media. 369 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, History, Children's Books, Cooking. Fiction
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Reviewed by Ann Bruns on Jan 22 2011

Pearl Buck eloquently portrays the sad disintegration of this man and his family as they become alienated from the land and the noble values it imparted.

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Reviewed by Jasper on Oct 12 2011

...it's one of those that spans multiple generations. I gravitate towards these types of stories because they feel extremely finished at the end, with nothing left out, like just finishing a big meal. It also reminds me of my mortality, which is always thrilling.

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Excellent
Reviewed by Sharon Long on Apr 08 2010

A beautiful illustration of the cycle of life that encompasses the universal theme of ambition, The Good Earth is a must-read that no wonder won Pearl S. Buck the Nobel Peace Prize and has stood as a classic for many decades.

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Teen Ink

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Reviewed by Yiu L. on Jan 28 2014

Pearl S. Buck's book doesn't just have a strong and interesting plot, it also focuses on Chinese culture. Mrs. Buck is American, yet her book gives a better understanding of Chinese culture for American readers.

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Teen Ink

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Reviewed by Mckay on Jan 28 2014

Her characters too are believable, all displaying either a vice or virtue. The Good Earth is a classic that will continue to endure for years to come.

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Teen Ink

Excellent
Reviewed by joanofarc15 on Jan 28 2014

I felt obligated to try it, but after three pages, the story sucked me in. It blew my mind that this classic reads like a New York Times bestseller.

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Things Mean a Lot

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Reviewed by Ana S. on Mar 25 2010

The Good Earth is such a human book, in so many ways. And for that reason I found it very moving. It’s too kind a book not to acknowledge that we are small and often impotent, and that even the most hard-working people go through bad times.

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Rebecca Reads

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Reviewed by Rebecca Reid on Jul 09 2009

It was a powerful illustration of the life of a peasant struggling to create something greater in his life. And yet, I struggled to see beyond the mistreatment of the woman in this book.

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Excellent
Reviewed by MindySue on Dec 07 2011

A riveting story of loyalty, betrayal, land, lust, family, greed, and honor and a compelling glimpse into a Chinese culture and history.

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The Book Stop

Good
Reviewed by curlygeek04 on Mar 20 2014

While The Good Earth is the story of a peasant family’s hard work and rise in fortune, it was also a complex picture of the corrupting influence of wealth, particularly the impact of wealth on multiple generations.

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Caribous Mom

Good
Reviewed by Wendy on Nov 29 2007

The Good Earth is a book I can highly recommend for its insight into Chinese culture during the early part of the 20th century, and for its high readability.

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Reviewed by Bob Corbett on Jun 01 2013

The novel is deeply powerful and the images of the Chinese people in it are so rich and believable that I read it as much as a sociological document as I did a novel. It is just a marvelous read.

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Reviewed by kimbofo on Oct 16 2010

The Good Earth is highly recommended if you are looking for an absorbing tale that highlights how ambition, honour and a smidge of good luck can overcome adversity but not necessarily solve all your problems...

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Giraffe Days

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on Feb 27 2015

...on the one hand, it was perfectly suited to the story and gave it a reality and an honesty it otherwise wouldn’t have had; on the other hand, there’s something slightly condescending about it, and renders it too obvious to inspire my imagination or my critical thinking, and that’s disappointing.

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The Feminist Texican Reads

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on Dec 21 2012

The prose is simplistic but lyrical, capturing a world that in many ways is now long gone...Buck, who spent most of her life in China, writes everything beautifully (at times dated, but beautifully written nonetheless). I found it riveting, and it’s a book I know I’ll be revisiting in the future.

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Above average
Reviewed by DeMartino on Dec 10 2007

The glimpse into Pre-Revolutionary China by an author who experienced life there and wrote about it in The Good Earth was very valuable to global history. It described life during a period of change from past to present for Chinese citizens.

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Marjolein

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Reviewed by MarjoleinBookBlog on Apr 26 2010

I think it is a good pick if you are interested in fiction about China, altough I as a lover of that genre didn't think it is the best pick, there is certainly better fiction in this topic to choose from.

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