teenvougex3, August 25, 2008 (view all comments by teenvougex3)
This book for me was not the most exceptional peice of literature. I had to read this book for my summer reading, and i found most of it difficult to understand. The plot was confusing. I believe that this book would be much more substantial when i am older and i can understand whats going on more. I do not reccomend for under 16 / 17.
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pinksheep_19, October 5, 2006 (view all comments by pinksheep_19)
i read this book about a month ago.this book is very understandable and very clear.my english is very bad that sometimes i cant understand what the books are telling about.when i started to read it, it was very interesting.i admirred about O-lan.it is because she had a lot of important personalities that woman must have.as Wang Lung i admirred him because of he loved the earth and took care of it and very hardworking.i think everyone must read this book.in my opinion if it will be written in many language it will be the bestselling book.i also got a some knowledge about olden chinese people.for example it was important for women to bend their feet and chinese beleived that man child brings good fortune but the girls are unlikely.
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Rachael, August 16, 2006 (view all comments by Rachael)
The Good Earth is my favorite book of all time. The way Pearl Buck tells the story makes you feel as if you've traveled to China and you're experiencing everything yourself. This book is extremely easy to read and is hard to put down once you start. The Good Earth is a beautiful tale about hardships, love, strength, pride, and most importantly about family. Enjoy this heart touching story about one man's journey through life in China with his family. It is amazing that Pearl Buck was able to write so well in the perspective of an Asian male, as she was a White female. This is a classic that I will have on my keeper shelf for a very long time. Enjoy this beautiful novel.
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