The Good Earth

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Simon and Schuster, Sep 15, 2004 - Fiction - 357 pages
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.

Though more than seventy years have passed since this remarkable novel won the Pulitzer Prize, it has retained its popularity and become one of the great modern classics. 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.

Nobel Prize winner Pearl S. Buck traces the whole cycle of life: its terrors, its passions, its ambitions and rewards. Her brilliant novel—beloved by millions of readers—is a universal tale of an ordinary family caught in the tide of history.
 

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I had read this book for English class many years ago. I enjoyed reading it again. Read full review

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I love this book and read it again every few years. It brings this time and place to life for me. I find myself experiencing the smells and tastes of China, like a sense memory even though I have ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
25
Section 3
32
Section 4
39
Section 5
46
Section 6
54
Section 7
59
Section 8
67
Section 19
176
Section 20
187
Section 21
200
Section 22
212
Section 23
220
Section 24
235
Section 25
245
Section 26
254

Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
105
Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 15
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Section 16
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Section 17
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Section 18
165
Section 27
270
Section 28
281
Section 29
294
Section 30
306
Section 31
319
Section 32
330
Section 33
339
Section 34
348
Section 35
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About the author (2004)

Pearl S. Buck was born on June 26, 1892, in Hillsboro, West Virginia. Pearl began to publish stories and essays in the 1920s, in magazines such as The Nation, The Chinese Recorder, Asia, and The Atlantic Monthly. Her first novel, East Wind, West Wind, was published by the John Day Company in 1930. In 1931, John Day published Pearl's second novel, The Good Earth. This became the bestselling book of both 1931 and 1932, won the Pulitzer Prize and the Howells Medal in 1935, and would be adapted as a major MGM film in 1937. In 1938, less than a decade after her first book had appeared, Pearl won the Nobel Prize in literature, the first American woman to do so. By the time of her death in 1973, Pearl had published more than seventy books: novels, collections of stories, biography and autobiography, poetry, drama, children's literature, and translations from the Chinese. She is buried at Green Hills Farm in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.