The good earth. byBuck, Pearl S; Buck, Pearl S. (Pearl Sydenstricker), . Publication date Topics NA. Publisher[London]. Editorial Reviews. Review. “Bertozzi beautifully distills Buck's text into poignant snippets The Good Earth eBook: Pearl S. Buck: Kindle Store. Pearl S. Buck's timeless masterpiece, the Pulitzer Prize–winning story of a farmer's journey through China in the s. The Good Earth is Buck's classic story of.

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Read "The Good Earth" by Pearl S. Buck available from Rakuten Kobo. Sign up today and get $5 off your first download. Pearl S. Buck's timeless masterpiece. The Good Earth is a novel by Pearl S. Buck published in and awarded the Pulitzer Prize for the Novel in The best-selling novel in the United States in . In The Good Earth Pearl S. Buck paints an indelible portrait of China in the s , when the last emperor reigned and the vast political and.

External links 8 Plot The story begins on Wang Lung 's wedding day and follows the rise and fall of his fortunes. The House of Hwang, a family of wealthy landowners, lives in the nearby town, where Wang Lung's future wife, O-Lan , lives as a slave. As the House of Hwang slowly declines due to opium use, frequent spending, and uncontrolled borrowing, Wang Lung, through his own hard work and the skill of his wife, O-Lan, slowly earns enough money to download land from the Hwang family. O-Lan delivers three sons and three daughters; the first daughter becomes mentally handicapped as a result of severe malnutrition brought on by famine. Her father greatly pities her and calls her "Poor Fool," a name by which she is addressed throughout her life. O-Lan kills her second daughter at birth to spare her the misery of growing up in such hard times, and to give the remaining family a better chance to survive. During the devastating famine and drought, the family must flee to a large city in the south to find work. Wang Lung's malevolent uncle offers to download his possessions and land, but for significantly less than their value. The family sells everything except the land and the house. Wang Lung then faces the long journey south, contemplating how the family will survive walking, when he discovers that the "firewagon" the Chinese word for the newly built train takes people south for a fee. In the city, O-Lan and the children beg while Wang Lung pulls a rickshaw. Wang Lung's father begs but does not earn any money, and sits looking at the city instead. They find themselves aliens among their more metropolitan countrymen who look different and speak in a fast accent. They no longer starve, due to the one-cent charitable meals of congee , but still live in abject poverty. Wang Lung longs to return to his land.

He believes that the land is the source of his happiness and wealth. By the end of his life he has become a very successful man and possesses a large plot of land which he downloads from the House of Hwang. As his lifestyle changes he begins to indulge in the pleasures his wealth can download—he downloads a concubine named Lotus.

In Pinyin , Wang's name is written "Wang Long. O-Lan — first wife, formerly a slave in the house of Hwang. A woman of few words, she is uneducated but nonetheless is valuable to Wang Lung for her skills, good sense, and indomitable work ethic. She is considered plain or ugly; her feet are not bound.

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Wang Lung sometimes mentions her wide lips. Nevertheless, she is hardworking and self-sacrificing. Towards the end of the book, O-Lan dies due to failing organs. When she lies on her deathbed, Wang Lung pays all of his attention to her and downloads her coffin not long before her death.

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Wang Lung's father — An old, avaricious senior who seems to only want his tea, food, and grandsons. He desires grandchildren to comfort him in his old age and becomes exceedingly needy and senile as the novel progresses.

He has strong and out-dated morals.

The Poor Fool — first daughter and third child of O-lan and Wang Lung, whose mental handicap was caused by severe starvation during her infancy. As the years go by, Wang Lung grows very fond of her. She mostly sits in the sun and twists a piece of cloth.

By the time of Wang Lung's death, she was to be cared for by Pear Blossom. Second Baby Girl — Killed immediately after delivery. Third Baby Girl — The twin of the youngest son. She is described as a pretty child with an almond-colored face and thin red lips. Her feet were bound and she often complained about the pain. She was betrothed to a merchant's son at 13 due to the harassment of Wang Lung's nephew. He grew up as a scholar and went through a rebellious phase before Wang Lung sent him south for three years to complete his education.

He grows up to be a large and handsome man, and he marries the daughter of the local grain merchant, Liu. As his father's position continues to rise, Nung En becomes increasingly enamored with wealth and he wants to live a showy and rich life. He has a shrewd mind for business but he's against his father's traditional ethics. He is described as crafty, thin, and clever, and he's far more thrifty than Wang Lung's eldest son.

He becomes a merchant and weds a village daughter. Youngest Son — Put in charge of the fields while the middle and eldest sons go to school. He grows up to be a demanding person and runs away to become a soldier, against his father's wishes. Eldest Son's Wife — Daughter of a grain merchant and a city woman who hates the middle son's wife. She is brought to the house before O-Lan's death and is deemed proper and fit by the dying woman.

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Her first child is a boy. Middle Son's Wife — A jolly rural woman. Hates the first son's wife. Her first child is a girl.

Wang Lung's Uncle — A sly, lazy man who is secretly one of the leaders of a band of thieves known as the Redbeards. He caused trouble for Wang Lung and others in the household for many years, until eventually Wang Lung gives him enough opium to keep him in a harmless stupor for the rest of his life.

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He is described as skinny, gaunt, and very self-defensive. He takes advantage of the tradition that requires younger generations to care for their elders, but completely disregards any moral obligation on himself. Uncle's Wife — becomes a friend of Lotus; also becomes addicted to opium. Very fat, greedy and lazy. Safe People: Indiana State History Lapbook Kit. The Screwtape Letters Focus Guide. In Their Words Updated Edition. Hiding from Love: Founding Father: Rediscovering George Washington.

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