Today I am going to be reviewing:
In The Good Earth, Wang Lung, rising from humble Chinese farmer to wealthy landowner, gloried in the soil he worked. He held it above his family, even above his gods. But soon, between Wang Lung and the kindly soil that sustained him, came flood and drought, pestilence and revolution….
Through this one Chinese peasant and his children, Nobel Prize-winner Pearl S. Buck traces the whole cycle of life, its terrors, its passion, its persistent ambitions and its rewards. Her brilliant novel beloved by millions of readers throughout the world is a universal tale of the destiny of men.
This book was really great. It really brought to light how life was in China and how important the Earth and weather are to the farmers of China. This is a true story of the trials and tribulations of farming in China but also of the joys of it once the harvest is good. You really do root for Wang Lung as he tries his had at farming and journeys across China to keep his family alive.
I loved The Good Earth because it has a happy ending. I do love a good happy ending. You see Wang Lung’s family thrive and survive during his lifetime. After his life ends, you don’t really know what happens to his farm, but I loved that you could read about his successes.
I would rate this book 4.5 out of 5 stars.
I am also reviewing:
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus performers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.
I wanted to like this book. I really did. However, I just couldn’t really get into the story that much. I do love a good fantasy/magic book but this was a little lackluster to me. I was hoping for more based on the reviews I had read. And once the story got into the actual “battle” part, I just found that kind of silly.
SPOILER ALERT: There really are no rules to this “battle” and basically one of them must die for there to be a victor. They end up finding a way around all of this and end up together, but they aren’t really themselves. I just wanted more from this book. I would rate this book 3.5 out of 5 stars.
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