When I bought The Good Earth from the Amazon Kindle store, I had to choose between buying it by itself for $7.50 or buying the whole trilogy for $15.39. I’m glad I only bought the first one. One was enough.
The style of writing is simple in a kind of old-fashioned, grand, Biblical way that grated on me long before I reached the end. Long compound sentences rolled along relentlessly, one after another, connecting each thought or action with the previous one. Never have I read a book that contained so many “and”s. Moreover, those “and”s didn’t seem to be building towards anything in a meaningful way. The novel had a straightforward timeline and virtually zero tension, zero plot.
See my forthcoming July post on Asian Books Blog for more thoughts on this Pulitzer Prize–winning historical novel set in 1920s China.
When and Why I Read The Good Earth
This book was chosen by Rachel of the Hungry Hundred Book Club for June 2018.
Genre: fiction (historical)
Date started / date finished: 23-May-2018 / 27-May-2018
ISBN: ASIN B008F4NRA8
Originally published in: 1931
Amazon link: The Good Earth