Picking Up a General to Plow the Fields


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TL Note from timebun:

This is a reincarnation story, where you have a normal woman who gets thrown into the body of a village girl, and then does hard work actually farming and planting crops, using her modern knowledge and business sense to get some advantage, but not overpowering her opponents. She picks up an amnesiac general along the way, and gets him to plow the fields for her, hence the title. The romance is slow, sweet, and realistic and the sensible, smart female protagonist doesn’t rely on her love interest for everything.

Original summary:

The people of Dafang village all say, the personality of the Lian family’s eldest daughter changed dramatically after her engagement was cancelled by her fiance’s family. She became extremely forceful and unreasonable. After hearing this, Lian Fangzhou secretly thought: Forceful? My parents are dead, my little brothers and sister are still young, with no one lending a helping hand, there are too many people looking to bully us showing up at my door! There’s still the most shameless pair of uncle and aunt eyeing our few acres of land, and even scheming to sell me off as a concubine! Treating my siblings as servants at their beck and call! If I was not forceful, how would we be able to live in peace? Don’t tell me that I should act like the previous Lian Fangzhou and die from extreme anger? In order to quell this bunch of demons, break out a wide path to walk on, angelic faces are useless, only the tricks used by malevolent spirits are the way to go!

Picking Up a General to Plow the Fields average rating 4.3/5 - 97 user ratings
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Farmer Girl Heads the Family: Picking Up a General to Plow the Fields
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Graestra rated it
September 12, 2016
Status: c1
This seems really interesting, it's a nice change from the traditional reincarnation into a bullied daughter of a prominent family, especially with her having to take care of her younger siblings.

I really hope someone picks this up soon.
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jkmessah rated it
October 8, 2016
Status: c6
It is quite refreshing to see the MC have siblings who are not total jerks and downright evil. The story is going at a believable rate and she's not OP with her modern knowledge of agriculture. The titular general have yet to appear but seeing how independent our adorable MC is, I'm not too worried of her being a completely dependent maiden in love that loses all her abilities or sense of responsibility. I am looking forward to how the story unfolds and the translator is doing a good job,... more>> though a little bit of grammar is off, nothing that would affect your reading significantly. <<less
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icecream rated it
September 25, 2016
Status: c4
I really like how the setting is slightly different from the usual. And the side-characters are really good. The mc is also cool and funny. Compared to the other reincarnation type novels, she is more down to earth and frank with her words. She isn't as caring and self-conscious of maintaining "face" and elegance for other people much either. So far a very promising story and female lead
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KKristen rated it
February 2, 2017
Status: c27
Early review of the 24 chapters that are currently released. Will update in more detail later...

Plot so far:
A 30-year old agricultural researcher dies and is reincarnated in the body of a teenage girl. Her parents have recently died, her engagement has been broken, and she and her three younger siblings live a poor village life. Follow the main character as she uses her modern knowledge to grow her farm and refuses to let her family be bullied. (The "general" mentioned in the title and novel description has not yet... more>> appeared.)

• The main character, Lian Fang Zhou (formerly known as Zou Mei) is level-headed and practical. She is not over-powered and her knowledge of agriculture and modern education are realistic. She has a sharp tongue when bullied. She is VERY realistic so far (compared to other reincarnated heroines), and I appreciate that.
• The three younger siblings are eager and sweet. They haven't had many roles yet, but they are loyal and likeable.
• The antagonists so far are mainly just bitter, gossiping, older village women.
• The general isn't here yet.

• Because the story has not yet developed, the main enjoyment is just watching the MC adjust and improve her new life. The MC is interesting but the rest of the cast and plot have yet to be developed.
• I hope this story eventually extends out of her little village.
• The translation quality is pretty good. The translator changed after Chapter 22 (and they changed the title to "Village Girl as the Head of the Family"), but the quality is pretty consistent.
• I'm giving this 4 stars for now because I think it has potential.

Edit: Ever since this has changed translators to Radiant Translations, the English is barely intelligible. The grammar is atrocious and you can barely understand what's going on. Also, even though it's been 27 chapters, the plot has still barely developed. I'm going to have to drop this for now. <<less
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SublimiSomnium rated it
January 22, 2017
Status: c22
Didn't want to review until the mentioned General shows up, but at this pace it's probably going to be a while.

The reason for the 3-star despite the sensible female MC is for all the other characters. Every villain thus far have been one-dimensional bullies, easily provoked and consequently manipulated into either embarrassing themselves or doing what somebody with even a nominal amount of human decency and common sense would do. Annoyingly enough, these bullies are usually older women.

The saving grace is the MC. She's got a good head on... more>> her shoulders and genuinely cares for her new younger siblings, which is cute. Also, her agricultural knowledge is a nice addition to what would otherwise be a typical reincarnation story. Her knowledge isn't OP, and she explains agricultural techniques which I find interesting.

Good for a light-hearted shoujo, but I'm getting a little tired of the formulaic confrontations. <<less
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