All member reviews for The Good Earth

Common Sense Media says

Gritty, moving tale of couple in turn-of-the century China.
 

Users say

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Teen, 13 years old Written byDaking March 6, 2014
 

Best book ever by far

Everyone should read this book
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Parent Written byMixL August 6, 2013
 

Kids will be bored.

Yes Good Earth is a classic. Yes it is an interesting story. But the pace is slow and I cannot imagine any 12 year old I know not being bored to tears by it.
Parent Written byAndrew H July 14, 2015
 

Exceptional, Harrowing and Euphemistic

A wonderful book, I still read it 20 years later. A spot on look into the Chinese collective unconscious, the best book I've ever read on the backdrop of modern Chinese culture. Changed how the world viewed China with its incredibly realistic portrayal, practically a first hand account. However, I think families should know that there are several euphemistic treatings of philandering and polygamy. The main character frequents a prostitute and later sleeps with a young girl. While opium is clearly looked down on it is mentioned quite frequently. The realism is exceptional but it has these costs. It's a great read, a page turner, Story at its best and a beautiful but harrowing (again, strict realism) look into the soul of China.
What other families should know
Educational value
Too much sex