Pavilion of Women

Pavilion of Women

A Novel of Life in the Women's Quarters

eBook - 2012
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The exhilarating novel of an elegant woman's subversive new chapter in life. At forty, Madame Wu is beautiful and much respected as the wife of one of China's oldest upper-class houses. Her birthday wish is to find a young concubine for her husband and to move to separate quarters, starting a new chapter of her life. When her wish is granted, she finds herself at leisure, no longer consumed by running a sixty-person household. Now she's free to read books previously forbidden her, to learn English, and to discover her own mind. The family in the compound is shocked at the results, especially when she begins learning from a progressive, excommunicated Catholic priest. ¡ In its depiction of life in the compound, Pavilion of Women includes some of Buck's most enchanting writing about the seasons, daily rhythms, and customs of women in China. It is a delightful parable about the sexes, and of the profound and transformative effects of free thought. ¡ This ebook features an illustrated biography of Pearl S. Buck, including rare images from the author's estate.
Publisher: [United States] : Open Road Media : Made available through hoopla, 2012
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital
ISBN: 9781453263501


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Aug 23, 2016

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

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.

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.

Jul 06, 2012

I wish there were more than one copies.


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