This novel is one of the well written classics that I had read. This is a novel of Pearl S. Buck, it was published in 1931. She was awarded with Pulitzer Prize for the Novel. One of the elements of this complex tale is the power and force of Women. Even though the main character is a male, the story would not go on without the driving force of women involved in the story.
A stirring and melancholic tale of a Chinese farmer, struggling with life’s ups and downs. The Good Earth brings us to China’s fellows following their fortunes. Wang Lung, a Chinese farmer born and raised poor in their own land seek to find a wife to served both him and his father. He went to the House of Hwang, a royal house and the residence of the Old Lord and the Old Mistress. They are of a family of wealthy landowners, and this is where O-lan his future wife lives as a slave. His father made preparation for him saying that his wife must not be beautiful so rich men will not have interest in her, Wang-Lung is in secret exultation when he first saw O-lan; a woman of a square-body and dull face filled with some sadness yet there was no pock marks on her skin and nor a split on her lip.
Then after their marriage in the Great House, they came home and later that night they consummate their marriage. Days passed and O-lan served the two men properly and well, bringing them their hot teas every morning, cleaning their house, mending their shoes and clothes, preparing the food for them and running everything in the house smoothly. Day after day O-lan helped in the fields and did everything in the house until she was with child already. The first child was born, with O-lan constricted in her labor alone, and due to the Old Mistress’ request they brought the child to the Great House on the second day of New Year with them adorned with their new clothes and robes.
After their visit in the Great House, O-lan had noticed that somehow the wealthy residents of the house were having a financial problem, and the slaves were not wearing new robes. When O-lan said that the Old Mistress is planning to sell a portion of their land, Wang Lung grew an interest and not so long he bought it using the silvers that they laid hidden in their walls. So the land was his now, and it brought him good money and bounty harvest. But now his uncle is starting to annoy him, he started to ask for money and food and Wang Lung can’t do anything but to obey his father’s brother. His trouble increase when he knew that O-lan gave birth to female believing that a girl was causing the trouble in his uncle’s house and now a girl was born to his house as well.
Days passed and misfortune struck them, the rain didn’t fall and there was no water for his land. The whole village was swept with hunger and poverty. There came a time when Wang Lung’s family has nothing to eat, and they decided to kill the ox much against Wang Lung’s will. But due to their lack of food the ox was killed. And his uncle asking him for food and everything and was sent away empty is now spreading rumors that Wang Lung has food and silver. Then when everyone spent their last coins and food they came barging to Wang Lung’s house and they seized him and their little food and furniture. O-lan spoke and they left, Wang Lung was in fear but through this, he was still determined for his land; the fruit of his labor and sweat was still his.
After all the commotion that happened they decided to go south for there were no food and life left in their village. They walked until they stumbled to a multitude of people also venturing toward south. They said that they will ride a firewagon, a fire and water breathing machine that people rode so they can travel to south.
In the southern city their life was greatly changed. O-lan and the children became beggars and Wang Lung worked as a rickshaw puller. There he saw the great difference of their village to the large city. Rich...