In this classic by Pearl S. Buck, the reader is transported to old world China, where the humble farmer Wang Lung takes as his wife a servant from a noble house nearby. Through hard work, the couple prospers and are able to buy land. Famine and war visit their community, but still Wang Lung understands the importance of the land in their survival. As the farmer grows wealthy and his children grow up, will his sons follow in their father’s footsteps?
I loved this book. Buck has a beautiful, if simplistic writing style. Despite it’s sparseness, it still gives you a sense of time and place, and allows the reader for care for the characters. I very much enjoyed this saga of Wang Lung and hope to read the others in this series.
4 stars (out of 5)
Published in 1935
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