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Pavilion of Women: A Novel of Life in the Women's Quarters

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A "vivid and extremely interesting" novel of an upper-class Chinese wife's quest for freedom, from the Nobel Prize-winning author of The Good Earth (The New Yorker).


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 are 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.

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  • Publication Date: August 21, 2012
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Print Length: 316 Pages
  • File Size: 15,575 KB

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