Pearl S. Buck – The Good Earth


Pulitzer Prize Winner, Novel 1932

This Pulitzer Prize-winning classic tells the poignant tale of a Chinese farmer and his family in old agrarian China. The humble Wang Lung glories in the soil he works, nurturing the land as it nurtures him and his family. Nearby, the nobles of the House of Hwang consider themselves above the land and its workers; but they will soon meet their own downfall.

Hard times come upon Wang Lung and his family when flood and drought force them to seek work in the city. The working people riot, breaking into the homes of the rich and forcing them to flee. When Wang Lung shows mercy to one noble and is rewarded, he begins to rise in the world, even as the House of Hwang falls.

Author: Pearl S. Buck
Narrator: Anthony Heald
Duration: 10 hours 37 minutes
Released: 8 Apr 2011
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Language: English

User Review:

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I first read this book when I was a teenager, and loved it. I am now 71, and have just listened to The Good Earth for the first time for some 60 years! The book was 60x better now; indeed, I can scarcely remember what I liked about it then, compared to how I related to it this time. Buck did something remarkable here. She managed to paint an entire lifetime of life, living, dying, loving, hating, passion, lust, dissent, greed, joy, disappointment, failure, endurance, sloth, envy, jealousy … and more, that altogether make up the life of a person … all in simple language with very simple plot weavings. Its really astounding. Yet there is nothing really astounding. She described life WITHOUT mashing it all up into a nothingness that is boring to comprehend. I have felt snd lived through many of the feelings and experiences in the story. Nothing as devastating nor life threatening as famine, nor the same trials as some of the problems that would not touch my life as a white American growing up in the US in the 50s through today, and would not have been part of the culture I grew up in. Nevertheless, the problems, behaviors, character issues, personal conflicts, personal achievements, at their core, are similar to all people regardless of circumstance. Theres a reason why this book has been a classic for so long. It is utterly timeless. And deeply, deeply enjoyable.