About the book
When O-lan, a servant girl, marries the peasant Wang Lung, she toils tirelessly through four pregnancies for their family’s survival. Reward at first is meagre, but there is sustenance in the land – until the famine comes. Half-starved, the family joins thousands of peasants to beg on the city streets. It seems that all is lost, until O-lan’s desperate will to survive returns them home with undreamt of wealth. But they have betrayed the earth from which true wealth springs, and the family’s money breeds only mistrust, deception – and heartbreak for the woman who had saved them. THE GOOD EARTH is a riveting family saga and story of female sacrifice – a classic of twentieth-century literature.
Reviewed by The Cheerful Bags Reading Group:
We did enjoy this book very much, it was a really interesting way to understand some of the culture of China at the time, especially towards females. The manner in which it was written really conveyed Wang Lung’s innermost ‘highs and lows’ to the reader and took you along with his life story.
Star rating: ***