The Good Earth – Review by Maggie Megosh

hogwartsMaggie is the rare repeat-review-customer, and I’m thrilled to welcome her back. She is still a darling and smart as a whip. The Good Earth is being read in her English class (I teach a literature course — yes, English and Lit. are different at our school), and their class delved into the book’s literary structure, history, and the topic of cultural appropriation. This book symbolizes the difference in taste and teaching topics that my teammate and I have, which is an ongoing joke between us. I’m thrilled that Maggie and many others continue to enjoy the book with Ms. Rowe.

Nobel Laureate Pearl S. Buck’s epic Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and Oprah Book Club selection about a vanished China and one family’s shifting fortunes. In The Good Earth Pearl S. Buck paints an indelible portrait of China in the 1920s, when the last emperor reigned and the vast political and social upheavals of the twentieth century were but distant rumblings. 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 last century. — Amazon

Pearl Buck’s The Good Earth shows how lucky we are to live on this earth. How good the51zRzieodBL._SX320_BO1,204,203,200_ earth is to us, if you will. Through The Good Earth, Chinese culture is highlighted throughout the late 1800s and the early 1900s by Pearl Buck, who was an American missionary at this time. The story is set in such an important time in Chinese history; revolutions and rebellions are occurring as China’s government system is changing. Wang Lung, a farmer and the main character in The Good Earth, is enjoying his life while also struggling with the hardships that are destroying his fields. All of the hardships that are highlighted in The Good Earth, such as famine, floods, and locusts occurred in China during this time. Not only does The Good Earth highlight difficulties involving the geography, but the difficulties in maintaining a satisfying life. Wang Lung struggles with finding the equilibrium of family, farming, and luxury. He is taken on a journey with meeting new people and learning new things. If you enjoy historical fiction, this is a book you would enjoy along with if you enjoy books about the Chinese culture. This book is a little difficult to plow through, and there will be moments where you hate Wang Lung, but in the end, it is definitely worth it, as it enhances your knowledge on the Chinese culture.


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