First Check-In: Women’s Classic Literature Event 2016.
Our first group question: Without revealing spoilers (obviously), describe how the opening of your current read for this event draws you in. Is it the language? the suspense? the voice? Why are you compelled to keep reading?
I know, I am really behind schedule for this event, but I’m finally ready to participate and excited about the books I will be reading and writing about this year.
Without revealing spoilers (obviously), describe how the opening of your current read for this event draws you in.
The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck opens with a “Marriage Day” so it should be a time of rejoicing and celebration, right? But as I continue reading, I see that although Wang Lung is excited about this day, it’s not the joyous kind of celebration that I associate with a ‘wedding day’, which puzzles me, so I keep reading in order to understand why. Then I read something that really grabs my attention (and not in a good way): once there is a woman in the house again Wang Lung won’t be required to perform certain duties anymore because ‘the woman’ will assume those responsibilities. What? Is he serious? What kind of a marriage is this? And what kind of a woman is he marrying?
I now want to know more about this woman and to find out as much as I can about her. I initially questioned why marriage was portrayed as a man getting a wife and a servant? Did he have any love for her? What was their ‘story’? The answers to these questions were truly eye opening and offered a glimpse into the history and culture of that time.
Have you read this book? What do you think about the opening scene? Was there a certain character you wanted to learn more about? Tell me in the comments below.