CliffsNotes on Buck's The Good Earth

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The original CliffsNotes study guides offer a look into key elements and ideas within classic works of literature.

CliffsNotes on The Good Earth explores author Pearl S. Buck’s insight into the lives of the Chinese people, particularly the peasant population.

Following the story of a Chinese farmer who represents the universal cultivator – one who knows that his riches and security come from the good earth itself, this study guide provides ...

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Overview

The original CliffsNotes study guides offer a look into key elements and ideas within classic works of literature.

CliffsNotes on The Good Earth explores author Pearl S. Buck’s insight into the lives of the Chinese people, particularly the peasant population.

Following the story of a Chinese farmer who represents the universal cultivator – one who knows that his riches and security come from the good earth itself, this study guide provides summaries and critical commentaries for each chapter within the novel.  Other features that help you figure out this important work include

  • Personal background on the author
  • Introduction to and synopsis of the book
  • In-depth character analyses for the two principal figures, Wang Lung and wife O-Lan
  • Critical essays on the Chinese practices of foot binding and concubinage
  • Review section that features interactive questions and suggested essay topics

Classic literature or modern-day treasure — you'll understand it all with expert information and insight from CliffsNotes study guides.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822005353
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 11/28/1974
  • Series: Cliffs Notes Series
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 719,700
  • Product dimensions: 5.26 (w) x 8.22 (h) x 0.18 (d)

Table of Contents

Life and Background.

Introduction.

List of Characters.

Critical Commentaries.

Character Analyses.

The Chinese Custom of Foot-Binding.

Lotus Flower and Concubinage.

Review Questions.

Selected Bibliography.

The Good Earth Genealogy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2001

    I'll read it anytime!

    I thought this book was great. I loved it. I'm not much of a cultural reader, but I thought this book was very interesting. It helps people see that every culture has its difficulty. I think it will help people open up their hearts to appreciate one another.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2000

    not for teens

    the good earth is not written for teens and should not be read by them. in my opinion, if you have no personality or social life, this would be the the perfect book for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 1999

    a 14 year old from CA

    I think it was a great book! I finished the book in one sitting on the weekend and it has opened my eyes about the value of land. I would recommend this to anyone to read.

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