Series: House of Earth Book 1
Length: 212 pages
Audiobook Length: 10 hours and 37 minutes
First Published: 1931
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.
Quotes from The Good Earth
The rich are always afraid.
Hunger makes thief of any man.
Now, five years is nothing in a man’s life except when he is very young and very old…
About Pearl S. Buck
Pearl S. Buck was an American author whose works include The Good Earth, Imperial Women, and Pavilion of Women. She won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1938. Born in West Virginia, Buck moved to China as an infant and lived there for 40 years. Buck died in 1973 at the age of 80.