The Good Earth & Dreams of Joy

Melissa's Booklover Musings

Book Pairing

The Good Earth    Dreams of Joy

So, the first novel is a classic (as well as an Oprah pick) and the second book is a sequel to Shanghai Girls, written by the author who wrote the well known Snow Flower and the Secret Fan.  It is obvious by the covers that they both deal with China, but something about them really made me think that they could have mirrored one another.  In Buck’s early nineteenth century story, the main character is a male peasant struggling to make ends meet on his farm, during the Chinese revolution.  In See’s tale, the setting brings us to a farming village in the late 1950’s but which is still under Communist reign.  Even though the protagonist is a troubled female teenager trying to live along side her artistic father, the scenes of hard labor from harvesting the land but getting little in return are shared in…

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By anggie quydheekuu

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