Book Review: The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck

Friday, May 28, 2010

(Photo: From Google)
The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
(Started: April 25, 2010; Finished: May 01, 2010)

"I can only write what I know, and I know nothing but China, having always lived there," wrote Pearl Buck. In The Good Earth she presents a graphic view of a China when the last emperor reigned and the vast political and social upheavals of the twentieth century were but distant rumblings for the ordinary people. This moving, classic story of the honest farmer Wang Lung and his selfless wife O-lan is must reading for those who would fully appreciate the sweeping changes that have occurred in the lives of the Chinese people during the twentieth century. Nobel Prize winner Pearl S. Buck traces the whole cycle of life: its terrors, its passions, its ambitions and rewards. Her brilliant novel -- beloved by millions of readers -- is a universal tale of the destiny of man. (From Shelfari)
Review: 4 stars
Source: Purchased at National Bookstore
Shelf: Goodreads, Shelfari
I remember, the reason that I bought this book was because our teacher required us to read this in our English Class when I was in my second year in high school. It was too deep for me back then that I even used some notes from the web about this book in order to create my own report (HAHA). I even bought spark notes about this. I think almost all of my classmates did that. Well, I guess I easily got bored during the time. But I appreciated it more now that I've read it for the second time.

The Good Earth is about the life of a typical, middle-class family in a Chinese Village--particularly Wang Lung's--during the World War II. It will tell us the story of a man named Wang Lung, who persevered in order to have a bountiful life. This will also show the traditions and beliefs of China, particularly the ones they value in a family.

This book teaches its readers about humility and simplicity, how wealth can really control and manipulate the one handling it, how desire can really eat you up alive. Like what had happened to Wang Lung and those people around him.

I hope to find its two sequel soon in order to find out what will happen with Wang Lung. I mean if he will have some realizations regarding his actions and decisions.

Sound Snippet:
The Good Earth by The Feelies
I can't stay.
It's got to be that way.
Can't be alone.
I guess that you know.

Here's the movie trailer of the Oscar-nominated adaptation of the book:

For the quotes I got from the book, please visit my Tumblr:
Happy Reading Everyone!

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