The Good Earth
Pearl S. Buck’s timeless masterpiece, the Pulitzer Prize–winning story of a farmer’s journey through China in the 1920s
The Good Earth is Buck’s classic story of Wang Lung, a Chinese peasant farmer, and his wife, O-lan, a former slave. With luck and hard work, the couple’s fortunes improve over the years: They are blessed with sons, and save steadily until one day they can afford to buy property in the House of Wang—the very house in which O-lan used to work. But success brings with it a new set of problems. Wang soon finds himself the target of jealousy, and as good harvests come and go, so does the social order. Will Wang’s family cherish the estate after he’s gone? And can his material success, the bedrock of his life, guarantee anything about his soul?
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the William Dean Howells Award, The Good Earth was an Oprah’s Book Club choice in 2004. A readers’ favorite for generations, this powerful and beautifully written fable resonates with universal themes of hope and family unity.
"The new translation of The Good Earth demonstrates the sentimental restraint exercised by Pearl Buck in the process of writing one of the important big novels of the previous century."
Ronen Tal, Ma'ariv
"The Good Earth reflects the meteoric path the Chinese superpower has made from the early 20th century until the present."
Yaniv Magal, GLobes
"The return of the best seller that conquered the Kibbutzim libraries: The Good Earth, a new translation of which has been recently published, contains messages that at the time served the infant Zionist movement, and some of which can serve current social movements."
Ilit Carp, Haaretz
"The Good Earth is a as much fun to read as any contemporary popular book, but is simply much better."
Michal Peled-Fleischer, Calcalist
"The Good Earth provides the ultimate proof that a classic remains one even after dozens (close to eighty) of years since publication."
Gadi Eidelheit, Literary Weekly