The Good Earth

The Good Earth

By Pearl S. Buck

  • Release Date: 2012-08-21
  • Genre: Classics
Score: 4.5
From 115 Ratings
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Pearl S. Buck’s timeless masterpiece, the Pulitzer Prize–winning story of a farmer’s journey through China in the 1920s
The Good Earth
is Buck’s classic story of Wang Lung, a Chinese peasant farmer, and his wife, O-lan, a former slave. With luck and hard work, the couple’s fortunes improve over the years: They are blessed with sons, and save steadily until one day they can afford to buy property in the House of Wang—the very house in which O-lan used to work. But success brings with it a new set of problems. Wang soon finds himself the target of jealousy, and as good harvests come and go, so does the social order. Will Wang’s family cherish the estate after he’s gone? And can his material success, the bedrock of his life, guarantee anything about his soul? Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the William Dean Howells Award, The Good Earth was an Oprah’s Book Club choice in 2004. A readers’ favorite for generations, this powerful and beautifully written fable resonates with universal themes of hope and family unity. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Pearl S. Buck including rare images from the author’s estate.
“A comment upon the meaning and tragedy of life as it is lived in any age in any quarter of the globe.” —The New York Times
“One of the most important and revealing novels of our time.” — Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“One need never have lived in China or know anything about the Chinese to understand [The Good Earth] or respond to its appeal.” —Boston Evening Transcript
“[Buck] did for the working people of twentieth-century China something of what Dickens had done for London's nineteenth-century poor.” —Hilary Spurling, author of Pearl Buck in China
Pearl S. Buck (1892–1973) was a bestselling and Nobel Prize–winning author. Her classic novel The Good Earth (1931) was awarded a Pulitzer Prize and William Dean Howells Medal. Born in Hillsboro, West Virginia, Buck was the daughter of missionaries and spent much of the first half of her life in China, where many of her books are set. In 1934, civil unrest in China forced Buck back to the United States. Throughout her life she worked in support of civil and women’s rights, and established Welcome House, the first international, interracial adoption agency. In addition to her highly acclaimed novels, Buck wrote two memoirs and biographies of both of her parents. For her body of work, Buck received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1938, the first American woman to have done so. She died in Vermont. 


  • A book

    By Mic sting
    Not a book to read for fun read this for school or being able to talk about it but not for fun
  • The Good Earth

    By Sherry Sweets
    This novel is easy to read and very entertaining and makes you think about life's twists and turns. The characters come alive each with its own personality. I don't usually read sequence novels but I do plan to read these two.
  • The Good Earth

    By Deanna Miller
    Fantastic read, allowing a view into the life, values, and culture of the Chinese people.
  • Amazing

    By Standhaft
    I honestly hate reading. I actually said it. I do. I read this for school because I absolutely had to, and I'll be the first to say- this is an amazing book. Amazing enough for a non-reader to pick up other books and actually WANT to read. This is the book that got me into reading books, not Harry Potter, not Hunger Games- this book. Read it.
  • The Good Earth

    By The Good Earth
    My very favorite book ever. I thank my 10th grade teacher for making me read it. Have read it three more times (every 10 years or so) and loved it for different reasons every time. Descriptions are so rich. Anyone can identify with the story of the hardworking Wang and Olan and the hardships they endure along with the rewards they reap and the sense of entitlement of their offspring. Amazing!
  • Classic must read

    By Wheresalice
    This is the type of book that will stay with you for a lifetime. Easily in my top ten of must reads.