Hailed as a universal tale, this is the story of Wang Lung, a poor farmer. The book begins on Wang Lung's wedding day. Because he has little money, his only option for a wife is to buy a slave woman from the great House of Hwang. He goes to fetch his wife, O-lan, who turns out to be a plain, quiet, hardworking wife who bears several children. Wang Lung aspires to own as much land as possible, for land does not lose its value. Throughout their appallingly hard times, Wang Lung remains obsessed with owning land, eventually becoming quite wealthy. However, he has failed to impress his ethics to his sons, and as his health begins to fail in his old age, his hard work seems to have been in vain. A startling, realistic portrayal of the poor peasant farmer in early 20th century China. 418 pgs.
The timeless Pulitzer Prize–winning masterpiece following a humble farmer’s journey through 1920s China returns with this beautifully repackaged edition that celebrates its nearly ninety years as an American classic.
Travel to 1920s China, a time when the last emperor still ruled and the sweeping changes of the twentieth century were distant rumblings, with this timeless, evocative classic tale of the honest farmer Wang Lung and his family as they struggle to survive in the midst of vast political and social upheavals.
Nobel Prize and Pulitzer Prize winner Pearl S. Buck traces the whole cycle of life: its terrors, its passions, its ambitions, and rewards. “A comment upon the meaning and tragedy of life as it is lived in any age in any quarter of the globe” (The New York Times), this brilliant novel—beloved by millions—is a universal tale of an ordinary family caught in the tide of history.