The Good Earth won the Pulitzer Prize in 1932, and follows the story of Wang Lung, a Chinese peasan 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? nThe family’s story continues in Sons and A House Divided, when the Revolution sweeping through China further unsettles Wang Lung’s family in this rich and unforgettable portrait of a family and a country in the throes of widespread national change."There was a bit of controversy surrounding as to the authenticity of an American author writing about Chinese culture and the struggles of this Chinese family. But the parents of Pearl S. Buck were missionaries in China and Pearl had spent her childhood growing up there and remained there until she was seventeen. She then went off to college, but soon returned to China, married John Lossing Buck, who was in China teaching American farming techniques. Because of all of this, Pearl had an intimate and sympathetic view of the Chinese and wrote from the heart.
I can't resist a bargain, so I downloaded the trilogy!
*Update... The Bargain Sale is officially over as of 1/10, just one day later, and the price is now $23.99!
Happy reading... Suzanne