Day: February 18, 2011

The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck

The Good Earth – Pearl S. Buck

Intro Right after the 5th Pamiyabe Creative Writing Fellowship back in my college freshman days, I went to a book store and bought a copy of this novel. I was so inspired to read a classic then, and seeing that this was shelved in the classics section, I picked it up. I told this classic inspiration to our editor-in-chief and about this book shopping, and she was rather horrified at the thought of the book. She said she reached halfway through it, and with a surge of annoyance, ditched the book. She swore never to open the book again and wished me luck. What pushed her to such a conviction made me only more curious. I had to read it right away. The Rhapsody O-lan and Wang Lung are Chinese peasants. I can’t believe that I still remember the names, but yes, I barely remember the turn of events. Anyway, this is the story of a poor couple and how they rose above poverty. What happened upon reaching a taste of success must be the strong points …