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Plot[ edit ] The story begins on Wang Lung 's wedding day and follows the rise and fall of his fortunes. The House of Hwang, a family of wealthy landowners, lives in the nearby town, where Wang Lung's future wife, O-Lanlives as a slave. However, the House of Hwang slowly declines due to opium use, frequent spending, uncontrolled borrowing and a general unwillingness to work.
Meanwhile, Wang Lung, through his own hard work and the skill and hard work of his wife, O-Lan, slowly earns enough money to buy land from the Hwang family, piece by piece. O-Lan delivers three sons and three daughters; the first daughter becomes mentally handicapped as a result of severe malnutrition brought on by famine.
Her father greatly pities her and calls her "Poor Fool," a name by which she is addressed throughout her life. O-Lan kills her second daughter at birth to spare her the misery of growing up in such hard times, and to give the remaining family a better chance to survive.
During the devastating famine and drought, the family must flee to a large city in the south to find work. Wang Lung's malevolent uncle offers to buy his possessions and land, but for significantly less than their value.
The family sells everything except the land and the house. Wang Lung then faces the long journey south, contemplating how the family will survive walking, when he discovers that the "firewagon" the Chinese word for the newly built train takes people south for a fee.
In the city, O-Lan and the children beg while Wang Lung pulls a rickshaw. Wang Lung's father begs but does not earn any money, and sits looking at the city instead. They find themselves aliens among their more metropolitan countrymen who look different and speak in a fast accent.
They no longer starve, due to the one-cent charitable meals of congeebut still live in abject poverty. Wang Lung longs to return to his land.
When armies approach the city he can only work at night hauling merchandise out of fear of being conscripted. One time, his son brings home stolen meat.
Furious, Wang Lung throws the meat on the ground, not wanting his sons to grow up as thieves. O-Lan, however, calmly picks up the meat and cooks it. When a food riot erupts, Wang Lung is swept up in a mob that is looting a rich man's house and corners the man himself, who fears for his life and gives Wang Lung all his money in order to buy his safety.
Meanwhile, O-Lan finds jewels in a hiding place in another house and hides them between her breasts. Wang Lung uses this money to bring the family home, buy a new ox and farm tools, and hire servants to work the land for him.
In time, the youngest children are born, a twin son and daughter. He is eventually able to send his first two sons to school also apprenticing the second one as a merchant and retains the third one on the land.
As Wang Lung becomes more prosperous, he buys a concubine named Lotus. O-Lan endures the betrayal of her husband when he takes the only jewels she had asked to keep for herself, the two pearls, so that he can make them into earrings to present to Lotus.
O-Lan's morale suffers, and she eventually dies but not before witnessing her first son's wedding. Wang Lung finally appreciates her place in his life as he mourns her passing.
Lung and his family move into town and rent the old House of Hwang. Wang Lung, now an old man, wants peace, but there are always disputes, especially between his first and second sons and particularly their wives.The Good Earth by Pearl S.
Buck was her second novel. It was published in and led the bestseller list for almost two years. It was published in and led the bestseller list for almost two years. A short summary of Pearl S.
Buck's The Good Earth. This free synopsis covers all the crucial plot points of The Good Earth. The Good Earth is a American drama film about Chinese farmers who struggle to survive. It was adapted by Talbot Jennings, Tess Slesinger, and Claudine West from the play by Owen Davis and Donald Davis, which was in itself based on the novel of the same name by Nobel Prize-winning author Pearl S.
Buck. The Good Earth is Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Pearl S. Buck that was first published in The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck is a story of a family in China who struggles during a famine and drought in the 's.
This novel illustrates the harsh life of /5(). Pearl S. Buck was born on June 26, , in Hillsboro, West Virginia. Pearl began to publish stories and essays in the s, in magazines such as The Nation, The Chinese Recorder, Asia, and The Atlantic caninariojana.com first novel, East Wind, West Wind, was published by the John Day Company in In , John Day published Pearl’s Reviews: K.