Thursday, January 6, 2011
The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
It reminded me in a good way of Paulo Coehlo's The Alchemist, (a lovely, honest, meaningful book) and in a bad way of Thomas Hardy's The Mayor of Casterbridge (a depressing exposé of poorly considered life choices) Somewhere in between those two you have The Good Earth.
So, I have to say, as much as I wanted to finish it, by the time our protagonist, Wang-Lung, blows his savings on a concubine and then let's his loutish uncle's family move in with them, I just couldn't. There are too many promising books waiting for me on my TBR shelf to continue with one that was losing me with every page.
Are all of Pearl Buck's books like this? I do like a good, historical, cultural story, and would consider trying her again . . .