I have lost track of how many times I have read this book. It is a fascinating story which earned the the author, Pearl S. Buck, a Pulitzer Prize. Buck is also a Nobel Prize winner.
That Buck lived in China is very obvious in her understanding and descriptions of the places, people and their lives. The novel is about Wang Lung, a poor man, and his family who live through one of the most exciting and terrifying of times in China, the early twentieth century. I feel like I know and understand the characters. To me, that is the sign of a great novel.