The Good Earth is the story of Wang Lung, a poor Chinese farmer who dreams of owning land. He marries the competent and pragmatic O-Lan, but after acquiring land the two are forced by famine to seek work in a nearby city. Eventually they and their children return to their farmland with stolen riches and sink into corruption. Wang Lung takes a concubine and does not realize his own dissolution until, on his death bed, he sees that his children are scheming and faithless.

Summary of The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck

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