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text 2017-06-26 13:21
26th June 2017
The Good Earth - Pearl S. Buck

Many people lose the small joys in the hope for the big happiness.

 

Pearl S. Buck

 

Novelist Pearl S. Buck (born June 26, 1892), author of The Good Earth, was raised in China by her missionary parents and spent most of her first 40 years there. Fluent in the language of her adopted country, she says classical Chinese novels like Dream of the Red Chamber shaped her understanding of storytelling.

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review 2017-05-30 20:21
The Good Earth
The Good Earth - Pearl S. Buck

There have been many reviews written about "The Good Earth" so I doubt I will be able to rival those. I just have to say that this book had me hooked from beginning to end. I literally tried to hide from people while in the Amazon rain forest in Ecuador so I could finish this book. I don't know why it drew me in so much, but it did. I cared about this family that started off so poor, but the father (Wang Lung) who keeps his faith in the land (or Good Earth) is able to become a wealthy landowner over time. This of course leaves to a rift with him and his faithful wife (O-lan). 

 

I don't know how realistic this book is. I am sure that Pearl S. Buck did some research. Since the author lived in China with her missionary parents one wonders how did that color her writing and observations though. I didn't get disdain from Buck while reading her words and there doesn't seem to be any elements that the Chinese people in this book are backwards. She is able to draw them as very developed characters for the most part I thought. I had a hard time with some of the characters, but that is because we didn't stay with them as much (the three sons of Wang Lung and O-lan). 

I loved the ending which of course had me running to put "Sons" (House of Earth #2) on hold as soon as possible to see what becomes of Wang Lung's three sons who are so different from each other. 

 

 

 


Bank:
April 15: $20
April 17: $23. I read "The Wangs Vs the World", electronic pages 368.
April 24: $28. I read "Dream Wedding", electronic pages 512.
April 25: $28. Landed on BL and had to post a vacation photo or tell a story about a vacation.
April 29: $31. Read "Whitethorn Woods", 354 pages Kindle edition, $3.00
April 29: $34. Read "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep", 256 pages;$3.00.
May 4: $37. Read "The Ghost Brigades" Paperback, 346 pages; $3.00
May 8: $42. Read "American Gods" Hardcover, 465 pages; $5.00.
May 8: $45. Read "Moon Called" 298 pages Kindle edition; $3.00.
May 13: $50. Read "Solitude Creek" 434 pages electronic; $5.00.
May 14: $53. Read "No Country for Old Men" 320 pages Kindle edition; $3.00
May 19: $56. Read "The Witches: Salem, 1692" 384 ebook; $3.00

May 30: $59     Read "The Good Earth" 372 pages ebook: $3.00

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text 2017-05-19 19:02
Reading progress update: I've read 1%.
The Good Earth - Pearl S. Buck

I am lucky that I didn't start this until today. I landed on the Booklikes-opoly SPACE square and used one of the lists you all made to see what books were out there. Since Pearl S. Buck's name has letters that spell SPACE I am good.


So far so good. Looks like an interesting book.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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text 2017-05-19 16:56
Booklikes-opoly: Roll! Tomorrowland 36! and Fantasyland 7!
The Good Earth - Pearl S. Buck
Watership Down - Richard Adams

 

I rolled a 4 and they are doubles so I get another roll. I landed on this:

 

 

I swear I have landed on this thing like 10 times. I am exaggerating, but it feels like it.

 

 

I rolled an 8. So that means I landed here:

 

 

Will post my reads for this in a bit. Heading to lunch with friends. 

 

Updated: You guys rock with the lists! I found out The Good Earth fits the SPACE space due to Pearl S. Buck having a name that spells out space. Going to read Watership Down for my second book though. I have been meaning to read it this year, so at least now I can check off something on another list. 

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review 2017-05-07 21:43
Toni FGMAMTC's Reviews > The Good Earth
The Good Earth - Pearl S. Buck

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

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