Through reading the experiences of the Chinese man Wang Lung and his family, not only did I become more knowledgeable on old Chinese culture, but a certain lesson about life seems to have been implanted in me, that lesson which seems to be stated at both the beginning and the end of the book. It is that of how the Chinese man relied on his own soil to feed and supply him, and in the end, this is all he truly has that is his. Sure, this may not apply to everyone, but this lesson, I believe, can be easily related to other situations.
So, overall, I would recommend this book as a definite read. Not only does it focus on the land, but on richness, poorness, good and evil, on relationships, hardships, devotion and lust. It deals with growing old and moving on. It deals even with betrayal. There are a few quotes that have been carved into my mind during the end of the story- and a closing that sent a chill down my spine.