The Good Earth

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San Val, Incorporated, Jan 1, 1958 - 260 pages
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Story of the Chinese peasant Wang Lung and his wife O-Lan and their rise from poverty to riches.

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The writing is simple, making it easy to read. - Goodreads
A sad ending that took a long time to get to. - Goodreads
... hide spoiler)]) The prose is deceptively simple. - Goodreads
However,the writing style was irritating. - Goodreads
Wonderful writing, wonderful tale. - Goodreads
The writing is simple, beautiful, and engaging. - Goodreads

Review: The Good Earth (House of Earth #1)

User Review  - Tony D. - Goodreads

This is one of the best books I've ever read. Quick, dramatic, spiritual, sexy, sad. Damn. Pulizter knows his shit. Pearl S. Buck tells the story of Wang Lung, a poor farmer from rural China, his ... Read full review

Review: The Good Earth (House of Earth #1)

User Review  - Emmy - Goodreads

The whole book had a gentle, lulling slowness to it. It was pleasant to read, especially at the beginning, but the more I read, the more issues I had with the text. The turning point for me occurred ... Read full review

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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.

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