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READ à Pavilion of Women ↠ On her fortieth birthday Madame Wu carries out a decision she has been planning for a long time she tells her husband that after twenty four years their physical life together is now over and she wishes him to take a second wife The House of Wu one of the oldest and most revered in China is thrown into an uproar by her decision Come take her place in bed Elegant and detached Madame Wu orchestrates this change as she manages everything in the extended household of than sixty relatives and servants Alone in her own uarters she relishes her freedom and reads books she has never been allowed to touch When her son begins English lessons she listens and is soon learning from the foreigner a free thinking priest named Brother Andre wh. My thoughts on Pavilion of WomenAt the beginning I found myself strangely interested in this book; its really not my cup of tea I was shocked and I was thinking to myself “is this really going to be a four star book” I had trouble putting the book down Then at about three uarters through I realized that what I liked about the book didn’t really have anything in particular to do with the book itself or the authorI liked all the parts about the Chinese culture everything was surprising to me as I am really not very well acuainted with anything “Eastern” To be honest I’m not that very well acuainted with anything modern either I kind of focus on the Romans up to the Medieval Age so everything else is just a little surprising and interesting So I enjoyed hearing about the silk robes and the family celebrations and the sense of honor and while these things were well told by the author they were what kept me reading not the characters the philosophical discourse or the plot which was uaint but not really enough for meThe end was very bland drawn out and I was unresponsive to it The philosophical ideas of the author as related by the characters had started out as insightful and interesting but by the end their placement in the narrative seemed forced and jarringSo in the end there was nothing about this particular book that was special that I don’t feel I could have gotten anywhere else so three stars I would definitely read by the author though I think I could really enjoy some of the books that she is well known for such as the one that she received the Nobel Prize for

Pavilion of WomenCome take her place in bed Elegant and detached Madame Wu orchestrates this change as she manages everything in the extended household of than sixty relatives and servants Alone in her own uarters she relishes her freedom and reads books she has never been allowed to touch When her son begins English lessons she listens and is soon learning from the foreigner a free thinking priest named Brother Andre wh. My thoughts on Pavilion of WomenAt the beginning I found myself strangely interested in this book; its really not my cup of tea I was shocked and I was thinking to myself “is this really going to be a four star book” I had trouble putting the book down Then at about three uarters through I realized that what I liked about the book didn’t really have anything in particular to do with the book itself or the authorI liked all the parts about the Chinese culture everything was surprising to me as I am really not very well acuainted with anything “Eastern” To be honest I’m not that very well acuainted with anything modern either I kind of focus on the Romans up to the Medieval Age so everything else is just a little surprising and interesting So I enjoyed hearing about the silk robes and the family celebrations and the sense of honor and while these things were well told by the author they were what kept me reading not the characters the philosophical discourse or the plot which was uaint but not really enough for meThe end was very bland drawn out and I was unresponsive to it The philosophical ideas of the author as related by the characters had started out as insightful and interesting but by the end their placement in the narrative seemed forced and jarringSo in the end there was nothing about this particular book that was special that I don’t feel I could have gotten anywhere else so three stars I would definitely read by the author though I think I could really enjoy some of the books that she is well known for such as the one that she received the Nobel Prize for

REVIEW ☆ RANDARENEWABLES.CO.UK Ö Pearl S. Buck

Pavilion of Women ¶ On her fortieth birthday Madame Wu carries out a decision she has been planning for a long time she tells her husband that after twenty four years their physical life together is now over and she wishes him to take a second wife The House of Wu one of the oldest and most revered in China is thrown into an uproar by her decision but Madame Wu will not be dissuaded and arranges for a young country girl to. My personal belief is that some books wait for us to come along and discover them they lie uietly patiently waiting for years maybe for the correct moment in our lives to be found This book is one of them for me I'll admit if I was to have read this book say 20 years ago I probably would not have enjoyed it so much or been able to appreciate the philosophical deepness of it This book felt like it had waited for me to pick it up at just the right moment I don't think I have ever read a book that has touched me in such a personal way as this one has Madame Wu lives in two worlds one of the old ways and yet she is a very modern thinker of the new When I first started reading this story I felt a little put off by Madame Wu and how she strived to be so perfect so in control of everything she did For the first time ever I actually felt a little jealous over a fictional character I have read a lot of books that made me feel many emotions but never envy She had me stopping and thinking as to how I measured up as a wife and mother and maybe as a human being in general As the story progresses we begin to see the real person that Madame Wu is she has reached the age of 40 and now she feels that she wants her time to do what she wants to do She's done with bearing children and keeping her husband entertained and happy she's done her duty running a household and keeping everything in order and everyone satisfied She wants a life of her own she wants to feel free to read books and to be herself and do the things she was never able to do And so begins her plan if I can make everybody happy in the family then they will all go off into their own worlds and leave me alone to be in mine Madame Wu was torn with a tough decision as to what to do about her husband if she continued to have sex with him she could find herself pregnant past forty She also knew that if she refused him he'd just go down to the local flower house and take care of it himself so she makes a drastic decision against her friends and family's opinions and decides on a concubine Will just fix Mr Wu up with a nice girl of my choosing and then after everything settles down I can start my life or at least that's how the plan was suppose to work out Slowly disaster after disaster arises and the family is thrown into chaos She starts to study with Brother Andre a tutor she hired for her third son and he opens up her mind to a whole new way of thinking Madame Wu comes to fully realize the complicated bonds between men and women are not so easily arranged and maybe in a way men and women are not so different that we all need to feel love and be happy to achieve our highest potentialWith wit humor and layer upon layer of thought provoking dialogue author Pearl S Buck is able to transcend time between the past and the present This story makes you look at the relationships between men and women with a whole new appreciation REVIEW ☆ RANDARENEWABLES.CO.UK Ö Pearl S. Buck

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Pearl S. Buck Ö 1 READ O will change her life Pavilion of Women is a thought provoking combination of Old China unorthodox Christianity and liberation written by Pearl S Buck a Nobel Prize winner born and raised in China Few stories raise so many uestions about the nature and roles of men and women about self discipline and happiness At the center is the amazing Madame Wu brilliant beautiful full of contradictions and authorit. Rarely have I read a book that has made me think so deeply about relationships and ideas that I take for granted every day Andre the foreign priest is surprised that Madame Wu has learned so much about the world within her small sphere of daily life the high walls of her compound Andre has seen much of the world and speaks many languages but Madame Wu keeps up with his intellect and ideas and this is surprising to him She explains that everything that happens out in the world happens in the walls of the compound birth conflict joy sorrow marriage death No sphere is so small that a person cannot learn all that the human experience has to offerPearl Buck allows her characters to be dynamic and this is one of the things that makes her writing so satisfying Madame Wu isn't terribly likable at the beginning of the story Although she's admirable she doesn't seem uite real because she's so cold and calculating Buck allows her protagonist to mess up bigtime which can be tough for an author to do And because Madame Wu wields so much power she can really mess things up for other peopleSo when she begins to change and her steely exterior starts to crumble it's mesmerizing to see what happens This is what we all hope for the ability to overcome weaknesses even when our weaknesses appear to be strengths and have the wisdom and courage to try and right the wrongs of our former ignorance Madame Wu has always respected learning but she has felt that some learning is dangerous and that it will ultimately ruin the family life she has so carefully orchestrated for her husband and children The world of new ideas and learning introduced to the Wu household through a foreigner impacts everyone whether they embrace the new ideas or not and one of the sons really catches on to the possibilities for common people when they have the skills and power to read and writeThe subtitle on my library copy says A novel of traditional China but it's really a novel of human wisdom for any and all