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The Good Earth by Pearl Buck,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Good Earth (Wsp Contemporary Classics) (Paperback)
The Good Earth is basically the story of a low born Chinese peasant who, through a combination of hard work and fortunate circumstances becomes a rich landowner.
The depths and richness of this novel arises from the author's portrayal of family life in pre-revolution China. The protagonist's relationships with his father, his wives and his children show him to be an essentially flawed yet compassionate human being, and reveal the cultural influences that shaped his
family, and ultimately the society in which he found himself.
The plot progresses slowly and consistently,and the main theme of the novel; the cycle of life, of the new coming to take the place of the old, is established and developed in a subtle manner, through the use of simple yet poetic language.
A very enjoyable read - highly recommended.