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The Good Earth (Graphic Adaptation), by Pearl S. Buck

jayhawkshoes's review against another edition

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4.0

It is simple, there is a reason this book is called a classic. It is a powerful book that delves into the human experience which can be hard to read but then again life is sometimes hard to experience.

jamielit's review against another edition

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adventurous emotional informative inspiring fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

This had been on my TBR since I was in high school and came across Pearl S Buck's home in West Virginia.  How cool to my young, bibliophile self, to come into contact with a Pulitzer Prize winning author.  However, being written in the 1930s, I had a story in my head that this story would be a bit of a slog to get through, so it remained yet to be read.  I picked it up to fulfill a "first in a trilogy prompt" for a reading challenge.  First, I did not know this was first in a trilogy.  Second, I'm so glad I finally read these because not only was it *not* a slog to get through, but it was so good!  The story of the life of the farmer Wang and his family was actually a page turner.  I could not put it down at time.  I read that this was the first time that Asians were written into western work without "otherizing" them, and indeed, I didn't feel like a voyeur into another culture, but instead a part of Wang's story, and empathized as a human being and the struggles that carry us through life.  There were parts that were hard to read, but many other parts that were not.  Overall, this is a story that continues to be deserved to be read.

junglefabrixxx's review against another edition

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hopeful reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? N/A
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5

larissamusy's review against another edition

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emotional sad slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

3.5

pavanayi's review against another edition

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3.0

If it was not for the name of the protagonist (Wang Lung), one could imagine this story unravelling in India. While I don't see myself reading the rest of the trilogy, I somehow find myself quite surprisingly invested in the story of Wang Lung and his farm.

On a different note, there is ample space for fan fiction on his first wife O-Lan. I wouldn't mind reading the entire novel from her perspective.

rmgilchrist's review against another edition

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challenging emotional informative reflective fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5

_angel_'s review against another edition

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challenging dark emotional hopeful reflective sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.0


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sgvakharia's review against another edition

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dark emotional reflective sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

t_honeycutt's review against another edition

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1.0

Tried Reading the original...couldn't really get in to it. I had this version on hand by accidentally putting it on hold, instead of the original, at the Library. Definitely a quicker read this way. Glad I didn't waste time reading the long version. May just not be the type of book for me.

peachythi's review against another edition

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dark emotional informative mysterious reflective slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.0

The book has a level of understanding of Chinese culture and its people but the characterization of that culture and people still feel shallow. Like a caricature. Despite the fact  the author grew up in China. Nevertheless it is an interesting read containing the aspects of human flaw and the lives of those living in impoverish situations. 

All the characters are flawed but some only feel forgivable because those flaws feel more human than others. Or simply because those flaws by my standard just weren’t as bad as others. But it is that imperfection that makes the characters compelling.