Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Wednesday's Book

Welcome Sandy Cowan, a new follower of my blog! And to all of you who commented on my little Santa treasure yesterday, thank you so much. I love reading your comments and I usually have the time to reply, but my root canal did not go well. My dentist had to drill through a crown that has been there since the 1970s and he was not able to get to where he needed to go. So he packed something in there to hopefully dissolve the obstruction and save the crown. I go back tomorrow. And last night I was so tired, I didn't even open my computer. Yes, Kim, I knew you worked in a dentist's office. I admire the patience of people who do. And Jim, that was a "funny" story! I guess we must feel pretty much the same, expecting our root canals to be over and done with and they are not. Good luck with yours. Later today, I go back to the chiropractor. So I have to be out and about a lot more than I am used to. I feel better, but I need some work on my back that was also injured in the car accident. Thanks for checking with me.

The Good Earth
By Pearl S. Buck 

Before I moved up here in 2006, I bought a lot of books and just put them in my bookcases. Some of these books I had read, others not. Looking back I believe I wanted to make sure I had something good to read should I be stuck here at the ranch.  This year, with two accidents following one another, I'm so glad I had all these books to read while I recovered. My good friends Jane and Rachael also gave me books that added to my reading pleasure during this time. Thank you both; I don't know what I would have done without you.

I read The Good Earth when I was young and, as far as I can remember, I liked it back then. When I read the biography, Pearl Buck in China, by Hilary Spurling, earlier this fall, I couldn't wait to read The Good Earth again.

You can find my thoughts on this wonderful biography here.

I'm sure most people have read The Good Earth at one time or another, so I will not go into the details of the book here. Just a very short overview:

The Good Earth gives us insight into the life of an ordinary man, Wang Lung, and his selfless wife O-lan during the reign of China's last emperor. Wang Lung proves to be an intelligent man, who, understanding the value of land and property ownership, manages to give his family a better life. In the process he sets aside O-lan for a younger, more attractive, woman.

The first copyright on this book is 1931. At that time, people in the West, didn't know much about China. There were many Chinese immigrants to the U. S., of course, but China itself must have been a mystery. Pearl Buck, who grew up in China and felt she was no different from the Chinese, understood the people -- what they suffered through and triumphed over -- and wrote their stories and the story of China in this book and many others.

I would now find it a bit difficult to digest a lot of the classic literature I studied in school or just read when I was young. Not so with this book. Reading it again, I thought it read like a modern best seller. It presents a graphic picture of life in China at that time, it is interesting, fast paced, and well-written. It is also one of those books where you freeze when the author describes the worthless shoes and thin clothing worn by the peasants in winter. I like it when an author can do that.

I enjoyed The Good Earth and I think most of you would as well. And let me add that The Good Earth is my absolute favorite title of the many books in my bookcases.  It has such a ring to it, doesn't it?


  1. I have NEVER read The Good Earth. I just never got around to it. I think it would be a good book to read on those cold days I don't want to get out this winter. My last root canal didn't go well either. I had a different dentist do it and I ended going back to my other dentist in another town to fix it. Hope you get through this one without anymore problems.

  2. Hi Inger!
    Sorry about the problem with the root canal, I think now they do it before putting on the crown. Yours held up good, DH had to have a repair on one of his after just 5 years!

    The Good Earth, I remember reading that and others when I was in High School, almost time to be able to read it again! My eyes are nearly ready!

    I hope you get some good out of your chiropractor's visit and feel better!


  3. I am ashamed to admit it but I have not read this book. But after your description, I certainly want to.

    I hope your toothy will be fixed for good today and your back gets some relief as well.

    Have a wonderful day, Inger. :)

  4. I actually have this book on my shelf, waiting to be read. I bought it at a second hand store, because I had never read it, but had heard so many good things about it. Thanks for some more inspiration. Good luck with the tooth!

  5. Inger,
    Take good care of yourself; whatever that may take!
    When I was first going into Special Education back in 1980 I had heard of a Pearl Buck book
    where she wrote about a child with disabilities. I have searched and searched for that book and have yet to find it, but I certainly perk my ears when I hear her name!
    blesings to you!

  6. Reading The Good Earth again is on my would like to do list. Having a root canal done is on my expecting to have to do list. I am presently "petting" a tooth I recently had a crown put on. I am hoping it will settle down and not require the full load treatment, but I have my doubts, by the way it feels. I am taking antibiodics. Don't you just love having root canals done? Gerry

  7. Great review, thanks! I'm reading The Silent Planet by C.S.Lewis right now. There is so much to discover!

  8. Christine: I'm going back this morning to have my tooth worked on. I hop it will work out.

    Sharon: Many of mine had rootcanals done at the time the crown was put on, but if the tooth was good, they left it. And it's been since about 1977, so I can't complain.

    Nancy: Nothing to be ashamed of. But it is an easier read than you might expect.

    Farmchick: Read it, you will enjoy it, I think.

    Tracy: Get the biography. I think you will enjoy it. Pearl's daughter was born with a disability.

    Gerry: I've been on antibiotics too now. I hope your tooth will settle down and that no further treatment is necessary.

    Allison: I haven't heard of the book you are reading but it sounds interesting.

  9. oh, my... you have really been having to make a lot of trips. the dentist ordeal doesn't sound fun and i hope it's resolved soon. yes, this book is a good one - i remember it from college. have a good day and get some rest soon!

  10. Thank you for the mention.
    The dentist isn't my favorite subject either - I can never work out quite why they have the same line in chat as a barber (that's been a long time as well) - there's no way you're going to be able to answer him about your holidays while he's working in your mouth.

  11. Inger, your poor thing! And now off to the chiropractor! My goodness! Well, at least all these things will be behind you come Christmas...:)JP

  12. Hope you're feeling better, Inger. That was quaite a trip to the dentist's...WOW! You're a brave gal!

    The Good Earth is in the top ten of my favorite books. It's just great (and you did a great job reviewing it.)

  13. Inger, hope things go well today at the dentist's. I didn't 'feel' a thing yesterday. And he had to go through a crown I had from 10 years ago. The worst part is the BEFORE nerves I get!!!
    I have The Good Earth here in my 'must read' pile. I started it and will have to finish it.
    Good luck today.


Thanks for leaving a comment.. ~~ Inger


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