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La buona terra (1931)

di Pearl S. BUCK

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"This Pulitzer Prize-winning classic tells the poignant tale of a Chinese farmer and his family in old agrarian China. The humble Wang Lung glories in the soil he works, nurturing the land as it nurtures him and his family. Nearby, the nobles of the House of Hwang consider themselves above the land and its workers; but they will soon meet their own downfall. Hard times come upon Wang Lung and his family when flood and drought force them to seek work in the city. The working people riot, breaking into the homes of the rich and forcing them to flee. When Wang Lung shows mercy to one noble and is rewarded, he begins to rise in the world, even as the House of Hwang falls" -- from publisher's web site.… (altro)
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In my quest to read all the books in my inherited library, I finally decided to read this one. When I opened it, I found my grandfather's name written on the inside next to my mother's, so I know I'm the third generation in my family to enjoy this extraordinary masterpiece. The copy I have is very old—10th printing in 1942—and I had to hold it gently while reading since the pages are yellowed, thin, and easy to rip. It was a joy to read. The writing style is simple, yet each sentence tells two stories. The first one is about the life of the farmer, Wang Lung, and the second tells us about human nature.

Although the story gives us a fascinating view into old Chinese culture when just surviving was a struggle, it also tells the story of how success can warp a person's perception of what's essential and what is not. Wang Lung and his wife, O-Lan, work hard to feed their growing family, always believing the land is their most important possession. They sacrifice everything to give their children a better life. However, by taking the struggle out of life, their sons lose sight of what's important. They demonstrate this in the end by planning to sell the land their father struggled so hard to acquire—the very thing that gave them the wealthy life they now live. I suppose it's human nature for parents to want their kids' lives to be better than theirs. But, it sometimes backfires big time. ( )
1 vota PaulaGalvan | Sep 22, 2022 |
This is a rather easy book to read. I'd say it's high school level. I liked the story though. It's a little slow at times, but I like how Buck writes. It simple and to the point. At times you can tell this is written by an American, but it really doesn't effect the story.

The main reason I read this is because Buck had a house in Vermont. I use to hear abut her and Shirley Jackson all the time. I believe we drove by Bucks house before in Danby, I could be wrong. But kind of reading her because you can call her a Vermont writer.

I can also see why this won the Pulitzer and why she won the Nobel as well. ( )
  Ghost_Boy | Aug 25, 2022 |
This is the story of Wang Lung, a Chinese farmer who makes his way from a simple agrarian life to a life of wealth and the warnings about what such a life can mean. We see Wang's life in contrast to that of the House of Hwang, the wealthy, but worthless, rich men of his town. Wang begins, a moral man who is tied to his land and appreciates the life he makes through his labors. He marries a good, but simple, woman O-Lan, who helps him work the fields and produces his children. He begins with an appreciation for this woman and values her contributions to his life. Then a turn of events leave him with money and as "the love of money is the root of all evil", Wang begins to change, until he morphs into the same corrupt man as the Hwang's whose place he assumes.

As a daughter of missionaries, I think Buck was intentionally writing a cautionary moral tale. She means us to see that Wang's wealth, which he comes to by stealing it from another person, removes him from what is important and good in his life. He loses his connection to the land, and in doing so loses all his happiness, peace and purpose. O-Lan, who might serve as a moral compass for Wang, is tossed aside for someone prettier, but whose outer beauty masks nothing but greed and indifference to Wang's welfare. In Wang's children we can see how deep the deterioration has gone and in the last pages of the book they are already looking toward selling the land, an act which will plant the seeds for their own downfall.

I cannot profess to like Buck's characters, with the exception of O-Lan, who is so unjustly mistreated and unloved that one feels despair for her sake. I do not see this, as some do, as a portrait of China. Even in this time, China and the Chinese may well have varied greatly from Buck's view of them. She was an outsider looking in, and from a view she would have held to be superior, I suppose. What I do see here is a very accurate portrait of what unearned wealth can produce in a man, what separation from nature and the natural order can do to man, and a rule that still holds true so much of the time...greed and corruption ultimately destroy. The happier man is the Wang who goes to take O-Lan for his bride and toils in the earth during the day and revels in the birth of his sons and the taking care of his elderly father. The man in the end is just a shell. He has no peace from his greedy children, his wealth is squandered on superficial material things, and he wants desperately to go plant his feet in the rich soil but cannot because it would be "unseemly" for a rich man to do so. ( )
  mattorsara | Aug 11, 2022 |
Publicada en 1931, con esta obra maestra la autora de Viento del este, viento del oeste obtuvo el premio Pulitzer. Se trata de un abarcador y lúcido relato de tres generaciones en la China prerrevolucionaria. Un gran fresco del imperio chino, entre la agitación política en la corte y la miserable vida de los campesinos.
  Natt90 | Jul 5, 2022 |
The Good Earth (Oprah's Book Club) by Pearl S. Buck (2004)
  sharibillops | May 20, 2022 |

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Nome dell'autoreRuoloTipo di autoreOpera?Stato
BUCK, Pearl S.autore primariotutte le edizioniconfermato
DAMIANO, AndreaTraduttoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Heald, AnthonyNarratoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Kortemeier, S.Progetto della copertinaautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Malling, LivTraduttoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Mendes, OscarTraduttoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Mulder de Dauner, ElisabethTraduttoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Simon, ErnstTraduttoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
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...This was what Vinteuil had done for the little phrase. Swann felt that the composer had been content (with the instruments at his disposal) to draw aside its veil, to make it visible, following and respecting its outlines with a hand so loving, so prudent, so delicate and so sure, that the sound altered at every moment, blunting itself to indicate a shadow, springing back into life when it must follow the curve of some more bold projection. And one proof that Swann was not mistaken when believed in the real existence of this phrase was that anyone with an ear at all delicate for music would have at once detected the imposture had Vinteuil, endowed with less power to see and to render its forms, sought to dissemble (by adding a line, here and there, of his own invention) the dimness of his vision or the feebleness of his hand.
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He had no articulate thought of anything; there was only this perfect sympathy of movement, of turning this earth of theirs over and over to the sun, this earth which formed their home and fed their bodies and made their gods. The earth lay rich and dark, and fell apart lightly under the points of their hoes, Sometimes they turned up a bit of brick, a splinter of wood. It was nothing. Sometimes, in some age, bodies of men and women had been buried there, houses had stood there, had fallen, and gone back into the earth. So would also their house, sometime, return into the earth, their bodies also. Each had his turn at this earth. They worked on, moving together — together — producing the fruit of this earth — speechless in their movement together.
…he said nothing still, she looked at him piteously and sadly out of her strange dumb eyes that were like a beast’s eyes that cannot speak, and then she went away, creeping and feeling for the door because of her tears that blinded her.

Wang Lung watched her as she went and he was glad to be alone, but still he was ashamed and he was still angry that he was ashamed, and he said to himself, and he muttered the words aloud and restlessly, as though he quarreled with someone, “Well, and other men are so and I have been good enough to her, and there are men worse than I.” And he said at last that O-lan must bear it.
My house and my land it is, and if it were not for the land we should all starve as the others did, and you could not walk about in your dainty robes idle as a scholar. It is the good land that has made you something better than a farmer’s lad.
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"This Pulitzer Prize-winning classic tells the poignant tale of a Chinese farmer and his family in old agrarian China. The humble Wang Lung glories in the soil he works, nurturing the land as it nurtures him and his family. Nearby, the nobles of the House of Hwang consider themselves above the land and its workers; but they will soon meet their own downfall. Hard times come upon Wang Lung and his family when flood and drought force them to seek work in the city. The working people riot, breaking into the homes of the rich and forcing them to flee. When Wang Lung shows mercy to one noble and is rewarded, he begins to rise in the world, even as the House of Hwang falls" -- from publisher's web site.

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