Pavilion of Women

Pavilion of Women

by Pearl S. Buck

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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 come take her place in bed. Elegant and detached, Madame Wu orchestrates this change as she manages everything in the extended household of more than sixty relatives and servants. Alone in her own quarters, 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, who will change her life. Few books raise so many questions about the nature and roles of men and women, about self-discipline and happiness.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780613365864
Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
Publication date: 05/28/2001
Product dimensions: 5.56(w) x 8.28(h) x 0.93(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Pearl S. Buck was born in West Virginia and taken to China as an infant before the turn of the century. Buck grew up speaking Chinese as well as English. She is the most widely translated American author to this day. She has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the Nobel Prize for Literature. She died in 1973.

Date of Birth:

June 26, 1892

Date of Death:

March 6, 1973

Place of Birth:

Hillsboro, West Virginia

Place of Death:

Danby, Vermont

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Pavilion of Women 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great Story. Captivating characters. Interesting historical concepts. This book is amazing. The story of Madame Wu and how she came to the descovery/awakening of her emotional desires, in conjunction to her intellectual curiosity, gives this book a feel of how women were treated like property and how Madame Wu discovered that there is more to life than serving a husband.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An absolutely captivating novel about Madame Wu's unknowing journey to discover the purest form of love in the context of a society that will challenge your conceptions of family norms.
debnance on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Madame Wu decides on her fortieth birthday to move into her own bedroom and find her husband a concubine. A fascinating look at a strong woman, Madame Wu¿s decision has unexpected consequences. Excellent novel.
CaptainsGirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
On her 40th birthday, Madam Wu sets in motion changes which she thinks will bring her freedom. By bringing a concubine into her household she sets in motion changes which upset the carefully crafted order. This is a commentary on the role of women in turn of the century China, but it more universal than the chosed time or geographic setting. it also raises many questions about freedom, duty, love and happiness.
reads4pleasure on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Imagine awakening on your fortieth birthday and deciding that you were through performing for others. Their concerns were no longer yours and from that point on you were going to live the life you always envisioned. That's exactly what Madame Wu, the lead character of Pavilion of Women does. How exciting!I can't count the number of times I've said, "As soon as the kid leaves home, I'm starting life over." Like Madame Wu, I'll be 40 when that happens. Somehow I don't think my decision will have the same consequences.As a mother of four, Madame Wu has been responsible for tending to her elderly mother-in-law, her simple husband, arranging quality marriages for her eldest sons and overseeing the House of Wu, one of the oldest and most respected families in China. Realizing that she has never really loved her husband and has given to those around without realizing any of her dreams, she makes the decision to step aside.When a handsome, foreign priest enters Madame Wu's world, she's pleasantly surprised to find that he may be the perfect person to show her what she's been missing for the first forty years.I'm a big fan of This Good Earth by Pearl Buck, but hadn't ventured any further into her catalog. I'm mad at myself for waiting so long to do so. I loved this story. Madame Wu is a walking contradiction, but her intentions are good. If you're looking for something out of the norm, this is the book for you.
ex_ottoyuhr on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy a side order of screaming at the author with your strong characterization (as with the last third or so of _The Good Earth_), you'll love this book. A gem, as undeservedly obscure as anything else by Buck.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Beautiful, insightful, strangely and uncoventionally spiritual. The kind of book that once you finish it, you want to immediately read it all over again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book stirred my heart as well as my mind. It is supprisingly spiritual w/o being religous. It shows that making ourselves & those around us happy, begins with in.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Madam Wu is of her time and hard for us to relate to in this century. Having said that, I felt great empathy for her and her household. She did what she felt was the most logical thing to do at the time and even when it backfires, she sticks by her decision to turn everyones lives upside down. I couldn't put it down - I'm a big Pearl Buck fan - and loved reading one more good book by a great author.