The Good Earth, Discussion the Last

Sadly, we’ve come to the end of The Good Earth, and I’m curious how many of you had your hearts ripped out?! I won’t go into a ton of detail and spoilery fun about the ending, but we’ve essentially witnessed Wang Lung’s demise. I bet some of the questions I’ve asked or hinted at before are beginning to come into focus.

Namely, how did education impact this story? Specifically, how did education impact Wang Lung’s sons and their actions near the end of the book?

What was the land worth to Wang Lung in the end?

What did you think of the ending? Was it a satisfying and rightful conclusion to the book? Sometimes tragedy is poetic, and sometimes individuals feel as if they’ve had their time stolen. Was it a waste of time for you given the ending?

More to come on Pearl S. Buck herself tomorrow!