Pavilion of Women

Pavilion of Women

Book - 2010
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"Nobel Prize-winning American author Pearl Buck's 1946 novel about a Chinese woman who decides to leave her marriage on her fortieth birthday, choosing a concubine for her landed-class husband and moving on to a life of freedom." *** "Madame Wu, at 40, retires from married life, planning to find a concubine for her husband and become a chief manager of the house of Wu."
Publisher: New York : Moyer Bell, 2010, c1948
ISBN: 9781559212878
155921287X
Characteristics: 316 p. ; 22 cm

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dbrh852
Aug 23, 2016

Pearl S. Buck weaves a magical narrative. I was thoroughly captured by the characters and plot.

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FVReader
May 24, 2016

I really enjoy Pearl Buck's writing. It's warm and brings the characters to life. Madame Wu is a thoughtful, interesting woman and she runs her household with care and ability.
I liked the insight into upper Chinese culture and lifestyle. Madame Wu takes an unconventional path when on her 40th birthday she reclaims her life and walks away from her marriage bed, freeing herself from her wifely duties and intending to spend the rest of her days in study and contemplation.
The teachings of Father Andre are simple and respectful of all life forms and all human beings, regardless of station.
I found the second half of the book slowed down a little but, without a doubt, still remained enjoyable.
A nice story of loving oneself and others.

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augustinam
Oct 11, 2015

What a beautiful book! I found myself mindful and opened by the beautiful story of love written in these pages. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a soulful read about women that isn't mucked up by silly romance. This book IS about love, but it's about learning to love one's self through love for others.

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judytanwarner
Jul 06, 2012

I wish there were more than one copies.

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