Dublin Reads – One City, One Book, is promoting the reading and discussion of Anchee Min’s book, Pearl of China, about the friendship between Willow, the only child of a poor local family, and Pearl, the child of Christian missionaries in southern China and the future Pearl S. Buck.  As part of the Dublin Reads program, Dublin Library will be pleased to screen the film The Good Earth this Saturday, October 9th, at 1p.m. in the Program Room.  

The Good Earth is a 1931 novel by American writer Pearl S Buck, who actually lived in China for most of her life. It was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for the best novel in 1943 and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1944.  The Good Earth is the first book in a trilogy that includes Sons (1943) and A House Divided (1945). The screenplay for The Good Earth was written by American screenwriters Talbot Jennings, Tess Slesinger, and Claudine West, based on the novel and on a play by American playwrights Donald and Owen Davis. 

The 1937 Oscar nominated film starring Paul Muni and Luise Rainer is the story of an ordinary farmer in China.  Farmer Wang Lung is given a freed kitchen slave, O-Lan, as wife by his father. By diligence and frugality the couple manages to enlarge their property.  But then a famine forces them to leave their land and live in a large city.  However, it turns out to be a blessing in disguise for them.

Dublin Library hopes you will enjoy seeing this great film this Saturday.