The Good Earth Book Summary and Study Guide

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Through the story of Wang Lung, a farmer, and his wife O-Lan, The Good Earth narrates what it is like to live in China during the pre-modernized days.    During the lifetime of Lung and his wife, there is a gradual disintegration of traditional Chinese values.
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The review of this Book prepared by Laura Fong

This is the story of the farmer Wang Lung, a very poor man, and how he grows to be rich. This book has made Pearl Buck a Nobel Prize winner. It is applicalbe to people at all ages, especially those who are interested in pre-revolutionary China.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1900-1920's Ethnic/Regional/Religion    -   Chinese Other aspects:    -   story of the poor Strong "rags to riches" component?    -   Yes Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   farmer Age:    -   20's-30's    -   long lived adults Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Chinese


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   2 () Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   China Farm/Ranch?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch:    -   farm

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   little dialog

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