jueves, 30 de marzo de 2017

Reseña: The Good Earth (Novela Grafica)

+Digital copy gently provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review+

[Please note that my rating refers only to this edition.]


Pearl S. Buck

 144 pages

Expected publication: July 4th 2017 by Simon Schuster
ISBN:1501132768 (ISBN13: 9781501132766)
Edition Language:English


BLURB: Pearl Buck’s 1931 Pulitzer Prize–winning classic about the rise and fall of Chinese villagers before World War I comes to life in this graphic novel by Nick Bertozzi.

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 twentieth century were but distant rumblings. This story of the honest farmer Wang Lung and his selfless wife O-Lan is must reading to fully appreciate the sweeping changes that have occurred in the lives of the Chinese people during the last century.

 Shelves book-to-graphic-novel, classics, graphic-novel, literary-fiction, netgalley, situ-1920s

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

[Please note that my rating refers only to this edition.]

Wang Lung is a poor peasant in China between wars, the story begins with his marriage to a poor slave of a rich house - O-Lan -, and continues through three generations in his fight against poverty, hunger, droughts and plagues , meanwhile a revolution is mentioned in the background. O-Lan and Wang Lung work very hard on their lands, and their efforts bear fruit although he never values his wife much in spite of being essentially a fairly good and honest man, which is seen especially at the end.

I had read this novel many years ago, it was among the books in my house and I remembered it with some nostalgia, so I required this book out of curiosity. I do not know where this fashion came from introducing great classics as graphic novels, but in this case the format frankly does not do justice to this tremendous classic.

I highly recommend reading the original novel.

The art is not what I would have expected, sketches of the scenes and the characters change quite a bit from one vignette to the other.


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