Peony

Peony

eBook - 2012
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The Nobel Prize-winning author's perceptive fable of cross-cultural passions in nineteenth-century China. In 1850s China, a young girl, Peony, is sold to work as a bondmaid for a rich Jewish family in Kaifeng. Jews have lived for centuries in this region of the country, but by the mid-nineteenth century, assimilation has begun taking its toll on their small enclave. When Peony and the family's son, David, grow up and fall in love with one another, they face strong opposition from every side. Tradition forbids the marriage, and the family already has a rabbi's daughter in mind for David. Long celebrated for its subtle and even-handed treatment of colliding traditions, Peony is an engaging coming-of-age story about love, identity, and the tragedy and beauty found at the intersection of two disparate cultures. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Pearl S. Buck, including rare images from the author's estate.
Publisher: [United States] : Open Road Media, 2012
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: hoopla digital
ISBN: 9781453263532
1453263535

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I found this book quite dated. I had not previously read any Pearl Buck and this might not have been the best one to start.
Peony's love for her master's son is so stereotypical, if reads more like a harlequin romance in an exotic setting. I was hoping for a better platform to learn about a very interesting period in Jewish and Chinese history.

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