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The Good Earth

The Good Earth

Author(s): Pearl S Buck

Location(s): China

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): Earlier 20th Century

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.

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