House of Earth: The Good Earth; Sons; A House Divided
A portrayal of China in the midst of revolution. This trilogy starts with The Good Earth, a story of the honest farmer Wang Lung and his selfless wife O-lan and their struggles to survive the harsh realities of life in China during the reign of the last emperor. The vast political and social upheavals of the twentieth century were but distant rumblings for the ordinary people. Sons, the second in the trilogy, is a starkly real tale of sons rising against their honored fathers and tells of the bitter struggle to the death between the old and the new in China. Revolutions sweep the nation, leaving destruction and death in their wake, yet also promising emancipation to China's oppressed millions who are groping for a way to survive in a modern age. A House Divided, the third volume of the trilogy, sees Wang Yuan caught between the opposing ideas of different generations. After six years abroad, Yuan returns to China in the middle of a peasant uprising. His cousin is a captain in the revolutionary army, his sister has scandalized the family by her premarital pregnancy, and his warlord father continues to cling to his traditional ideals. It is through Yuan's efforts that a kind of peace is restored to the family.
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The thing to do when one kills a centipede is to crush its head and then its
hundred legs are in confusion and they run hither and thither against each other
and they are harmless. We will kill the poisonous head of this robber band thus.
This was good news, and Wang the Tiger shouted to his men and at their head
he ran swiftly up the pass and as he ran he gave great shouts and he
commanded his men to rush into the lair and kill at least a robber apiece, and
then stop so ...
When its full meaning came to the old man he struggled to his feet out of his
dreaming, and he stared at his son and he fumbled for the narrow keen sword he
kept always beside him and he was about to kill his son as he might kill any ...
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Review: The House of Earth (House of Earth #1-3)User Review - Cindy Behrens - Goodreads
When I first read "The Good Earth" many years ago, I did not realize it was #1 of 3! This is a real treat to continue to follow the family of Wang Lung. Such lessons in values and morals. A very interesting read. Read full review
Review: The House of Earth (Omnibus)User Review - YKW - Goodreads
After reading the first part of this wonderful work of Pearl S. Buck (the good earth) I thought you know what, I need to have this book and the other two as well. So I started looking for this version ... Read full review