2017-07-05 / Book Review

‘The Good Earth’

A Timeless Classic Reimagined As A Graphic Novel

“The Good Earth,” by Pearl S. Buck is reaching a new, young audience. The classic has been reimagined for a generation that was raised on graphic novels and anime, in this graphic adaptation by Nick Bertozzi, New York Times bestselling author of “Shackleton: Antarctic Odyssey.” The timeless tale has been beautifully illustrated while telling the same wonderful story.

In “The Good Earth,” Pearl S. Buck paints an indelible portrait of China in the 1920s, when the last emperor reigned and the vast political and social upheavals of the 20th century were but distant rumblings. This Pulitzer Prize-winning story of honest farmer Wang Lung and his selfless wife O-Lan is essential reading to fully appreciate the sweeping changes that occurred in the lives of the Chinese people during this tumultuous period in history. Though more than 80 years have passed since its publication, “The Good Earth” has retained its popularity, and has become one of the great modern classics in American literature.

Pearl S. Buck was born on June 26, 1892, in Hillsboro, West Virginia. “The Good Earth” was the bestselling book of both 1931 and 1932, winning the Pulitzer Prize in 1935. In 1938, Buck won the Nobel Prize in literature, the first American woman ever to do so.

Nick Bertozzi has written and drawn many comics over the years, including “The Salon,” “Lewis & Clark.” Bertozzi has won multiple Harvey and Eisner awards, the highest honors in comics. He lives in Queens with his wife and daughters.

“The Good Earth,” by Pearl S. Buck, Graphic Adaptation by Nick Bertozzi (Simon & Schuster, hardcover, $26.99).

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