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!!> Reading ➶ The Good Earth ➮ Author Pearl S. Buck – Bogou.us

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!!> Reading ➶ The Good Earth ➮ Author Pearl S. Buck – Bogou.us
  • Paperback
  • 357 pages
  • The Good Earth
  • Pearl S. Buck
  • English
  • 28 May 2017
  • 9781416511106

    10 thoughts on “!!> Reading ➶ The Good Earth ➮ Author Pearl S. Buck – Bogou.us

  1. says:

    It s difficult for me to explain how much I hate this book, and even harder to explain why I don t think it s just because I hated the main character so much, and in this case at least, I don t think it s because of the weirdness that arises from a Westerner writing about a colonized country.I do know that part of my intense dislike for this book comes from how it is viewed by other people usually non Chinese Read the reviews and you ll see one word come up over and over again portrait Says one reviewer, In addition to lovely, rich writing, the novel provided much needed Chinese history, class and culture lessons Am I the only person whose hackles go up when someone refers refers to a novel like a textbook Of course there is some historical fact in The Good Earth, and in other novels, but I have a serious problem with people conflating and equating fiction and history While there s some truth in the book s portrayal, it perpetuates a lot of stereotypes about the Chinese What s , this book has shaped a lot of people s p...

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    There is a gush of red, marvelous, and mysterious blood running through my veins I am part Chinese A race that has given me these small eyes and this yellowish complexion A race that I have associated with frugality, hard work, mass production, internet restrictions, and Jackie Chan China, I ve only been there once as a tourist when I was a bit younger And as much as I d like to think that I am familiar with the Chinese culture, I have to admit that my knowledge about that is limited and my views about them a bit stereotypical My Grandma, the real Chinese in the family, still brings Moon Cakes during the Chinese New Year and we do maintain fireworks when celebrating We also drink herbal tea at home and have this uncanny favoritism for Chinese restaurants during family get togethers Aside from that, you could say that I m really much familiar with Filipino and Western cultures So when I picked up this book, I didn t know what to expect My only assurances were that it won the Pulitzer Prize and the author is a Nobel Prize winner The Good Earth by Pearl S Buck is a beautiful and sweeping story of farmer Wang Lu and his wife O lan The Land, the man, and their bond This beautiful tale left me thirsty and craving for knowledge about this race that resides within me yet has not fully manifested itself Th...

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    This is almost spiritual in it s beauty and simplicity First published by Pearl Buck in 1931, this later won the Pulitzer Prize and had a significant affect on Buck s winning the Nobel Prize for literature in 1938.The author displayed her genius ability to observe and relate the cultural and day to day lives of Chinese peasa...

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    I really, really wish I hadn t google searched foot binding after reading this book In the tradition of a beloved college professor, I give The Good Earth a subtitle which reveals of the moral stuff which fills it Ahem The Good Earth Mo Money, Mo Problems The Good Earth is packed with cautionary tales of wealth and idleness, tradition and progression, and lust Wow, the character studies one could do in this book Just things I noticed The very thing Wang Lung detested, O lan s unbound feet, actually helped him produce his wealth because she could help him with the land, and do all of the labor in the house Women with bound feet could move very little because it was excruciating to walk With wealth came idleness and a detachment from the land The antagonists of the story in the end were Wang Lung s own rich, idle sons There was very rarely ever peace in Wang Lung s house from the time he became rich to the end of the book A...

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    The Good Earth House of Earth 1 , Pearl S BuckThe Good Earth is a novel by Pearl S Buck published in 1931 and awarded the Pulitzer Prize for the Novel in 1932 The best selling novel in the United States in both 1931 and 1932 was an influential factor in Buck s winning the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1938 It is the first book in a trilogy that includes Sons 1932 and A House Divided 1935 The story begins on Wang Lung s wedding day and follows the rise and fall of his fortunes The House of Hwang, a family of wealthy landowners, lives in the nearby town, where Wang Lung s future wife, O Lan, lives as a slave However, the House of Hwang slowly declines due to opium use, frequent spending, and uncontrolled borrowing Meanwhile, Wang Lung, through his own hard work and the skill of his wife, O Lan, slowly earns enough money to buy land from the Hwang family, piece by piece O Lan delivers three sons and three daughters the first daughter becomes mentally handicapped as a result of severe malnutrition brought on by famine Her father greatly pities her and calls her Poor Fool, a name by which she is addressed throughout her life O Lan kills her second daughter at birth to spare her the misery of growing up in such hard times, and to give the rema...

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    Treasure of the Rubbermaids 6 Made in China The on going discoveries of priceless books and comics found in a stack of Rubbermaid containers previously stored and forgotten at my parent s house and untouched for almost 20 years Thanks to my father dumping them back on me, I now spend my spare time unearthing lost treasures from their plastic depths.I bitch about having to mow my lawn, but when I m done, I usually sit on my deck and have a few ice cold beers Then I take a hot shower and get in my car to go to the grocery store where I buy a cart full of food without giving it a second thought Chinese farmer Wang Lung I wanted to type Wang Chung there Damn you 80s spends all day doing back breaking labor in his own fields and there s still barely enough food to keep from starving His big reward is a cup of hot water in the morning with maybe a few tea leaves in it on special occasions, and he sponges himself off with hot water every couple of months whether he needs it or not So maybe I shouldn t complain about walking around behind a power mower for an hour or two a week during the summer The book begins on Wang Lung s wedding day His bride, O Lan, is a slave in the great house of his town, and they ve never met He splurges by taking a bath, buying he...

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    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 to O lan he build a life for their family but not without struggles and hardship This is my second reading of this classic and when this came up as an online group read I really looked forward to re visiting this story because when I read a book like th...

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    Wang Lung on his wedding day gets up at dawn as usual, a poor Chinese farmer s son, who lives with his widowed old father, but is a very hardworking, strong, and ambitious young man, they occupy, a three room house made of dirt bricks, with a straw thatched roof After getting his ill father hot water, feeding the ox and doing the rest of the chores, Wang for the second time in the year, takes a bath secretly, with the precious water , ashamed to waste it, for such an unnecessary thing, hiding from his father this dishonorable deed Putting on his best clothes, going for a long walk later, to the Great House of Hwang, the guard at the gate mocks him, demands a bribe for entrance, everywhere laughs are heard, as the farmer travels through the large luxurious estate, with so many beautiful houses Amazingly looking objects, the bridegroom sees, never knowing of their existence, meeting O Lan, his bride, for the first time, she is a tall plain looking woman, an unwanted slave, in the great house, beaten everyday, for no apparent reason, maybe to keep strict discipline there O Lan was sold by her poor family at ten, and has worked as a slave ever since, she is about twenty years old Talking to the Old Mistress of the house, scared of her Eminence, is the awed farmer, all had been arranged by his father, bri...

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