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East Wind: West Wind: The Saga of a Chinese Family (Oriental Novels of Pearl S. Buck Book 8) [Kindle Edition]

Pearl S. Buck
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Nobel winner Pearl S. Buck’s classic debut novel, about one Chinese woman’s coming of age as she’s torn between Eastern and Western cultures

Kwei-lan is a traditional Chinese girl—taught by her mother to submit in all things, “as a flower submits to sun and rain alike.” Her marriage was arranged before she was born. As she approaches her wedding day, she’s surprised by one aspect of her anticipated life: Her husband-to-be has been educated abroad and follows many Western ideas that Kwei-lan was raised to reject. When circumstances push the couple out of the family home, Kwei-lan finds her assumptions about tradition and modernity tested even further.
East Wind: West Wind is a sensitive, early exploration of the cross-cultural themes that went on to become a hallmark of Buck’s acclaimed novels.
This ebook features an illustrated biography of Pearl S. Buck including rare images from the author’s estate.

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In her acceptance speech upon receiving the Nobel Prize for Literature, Pearl Buck said "The mind of my own country and of China, my foster country, are alike in many ways, but, above all, in our common love of freedom." East Wind: West Wind embodies this love of, and struggle for freedom.

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  • File Size: 13008 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road Media (August 21, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008F4NS66
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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Going Against Traditional Ideas October 29, 2001
Pearl S. Buck's "East Wind: West Wind" tells the life story of a traditional Chinese woman through her inner thoughts and feelings in an interesting manner. The woman, who was betrothed to a Chinese man before birth, later finds herself married the man, who has studied in America to become a doctor. Throughout the book, the woman represents stiff Chinese traditions while the man represents more modern and western beliefs. Relying on her traditional upbringing, the women attempts to please her husband by being his servant. However, he tries to change her view of what marriage should be: an equal partnership and not a servant and master relationship. Throughout the book, the couple strives to overcome various trials and ordeals that deal with changing traditions. In my opinion, "East Wind: West Wind" attempts to tackle the implicit battle between old, established traditions and more modern ideas; it also shows the conflicts between Eastern ideology and Western ideology. Overall, the book is a wonderful insight into the ancient cultural practices of China and how well they do or do not mingle with modern culture. "East Wind: West Wind" is a delightful and easy book to read, and it can be considered on of Pearl S. Buck's best works.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
By Y. Lu
East Wind: West Wind Why is there a colon in between? The story is presented like a monologue. The wife in the story, who is a traditional Chinese woman, speaks out her innermost feelings. She is betrothed before her birth to a Chinese man who has gone abroad to study. The woman, representing old Chinese ideas and the man representing Western ideas thus have come together to solve their conflicts. The woman's brother also goes abroad and he intends to marry a western woman, which is strictly forbiden in ancient Chinese culture... After much this ado, it is a battle of East Idea and West Idea. The book ends with the well-mingled culture -- a combination of good East and West culture. The book is printed in very big fonts and are easy to read. It does not take a long time to read, but it tells a wonderful story. In some way, I value this higher than Pearl's most famous work The Good Earth. A book suitable for people who are curious about ancient Chinese culture. (Note, nowadays we Chinese no longer do such things as binding feet or kneeling down before elders and so on) Enjoy your reading!
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful and romantic... June 2, 2003
This was a quick and easy read told in the first person through the eyes of a Chinese woman. Also it's clear that the writer's own loyalty to the Western thought of romantic love is all over this story. It is this notion that ultimately drives the narrator to give up her old ways and accept the new.
Buck describes how difficult it is for one to accept change in age-old rituals. Although many of the traditions are seen as unnecessary, foolish or just plain sadistic, it's difficult to question them after growing up in a culture where these traditions have been practiced for thousands of years. The narrator is a good vehicle to show how upsetting, confusing and frustrating it can be to incorporate these changes into one's life. Time and time again the theme of the generation gap is revealed, showing how many people simply cannot be changed.
Although many of the following issues came into strong play in this novel, it wasn't so much a search for better opportunity, nor political freedom, independence, nor education, that was the big catalyst for change, as was the simple concept of romantic love.
This was a lovely, bittersweet story with a seemingly very realistic portrayal of how a family rooted in tradition would react to their children, who want to break from tradition. A classic issue, regardless of what era or culture in which one lives.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely July 5, 2006
By Sakura
This was an eyeopening view of a chinese family to the west.We live in a flat world now and are so familiar with everything of the west. Our concept of beauty and desirable traits in the opposite sex are derived in a major way from Hollywood. It was interesting to come across how all things foreign was view by a chinese family unexposed to any but their own culture. 'Unfortunate blonde hair' a view expressed by a young chinese wife of her husband's white woman friend would be similar to what my great grand mother in India would have said of appearances she was not familiar with. Of course thanks to the global media, beauty isn't stereo typed now and we are becoming more open to other looks and cultures and rightly so too. Pearl S Buck has done us all a favour by recording what the chinese culture was like in the early part of the 20th centuary.Her writing as usual is superlative as in all her books. Id recommend it to all those who are keen to learn of a different way of life that existed prior to our 'Flat World'
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Novel...Timeless and Timely!! June 8, 1999
By A Customer
Their's is an arranged marriage. She is brought up with traditional Chinese customs regarding marriage and he has been educated in the States as a doctor and has learned some Western ways. You will fall in love with the characters as they fall in love with one another and blend the ways of the East with the ways of the West.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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This is a lovely novel, beautifully written and insightful on romantic love and on duty in the Chinese culture of the early 20th century...but it lacks the "great" quality of The Good Earth, which is on my top ten list of all time! I liked the characters here but do not feel attached to them as I finish the book, which is disappointing. A nice read but not one of Mrs. Buck's best. For really super reading with a bit more dimension, try Peony and The Three Daughters of Madame Liang, among others!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars If your a fan this is another wonderful story from Pearl Buck
If your a fan this is another wonderful story from Pearl Buck. The tragedy of the women in China is brought to life in this wonderful story of love and tragedy. Read more
Published 11 days ago by SANDRA L. LEVASSEUR
3.0 out of 5 stars An unremarkable debut
East Wind, West Wind is the debut novel of Pearl S. Buck, winner of the 1938 Nobel Prize in Literature. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Karl Janssen
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Pearl Buck
Could not put it down. Love Pearl Buck.
Published 1 month ago by barbara zeuch
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Beautifully written about love and honor that surpasses all time periods.
Published 2 months ago by Kimberly Hawkins
3.0 out of 5 stars good subject, weak
early works of author and it is quite apparent...good subject, weak presentation
Published 4 months ago by Ruby
5.0 out of 5 stars No explanation necessary...it's Pearl S. Buck
I've been her fan since my 20's and I'm now 63. Oh ...for the wisdom of the elders and the women, what we could learn
Published 5 months ago by beejers
5.0 out of 5 stars Pearl Buck's books
I love Pearl Buck's writing - she makes you feel like you are there at that time and moment. So far I have read 5 of her books and plan on reading all of them. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Vicki Elliott
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great as always
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars easy windy: West wind
Deliciously poetic and tender though educacional on the acceptance of diferences...still up to date specially in times of such cultural intolerance.
Published 7 months ago by monica andrade
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love pearl s buck writings
Published 7 months ago by Pamela Hogan
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Pearl Comfort Sydenstricker was born on June 26, 1892, in Hillsboro, West Virginia. Her parents were Southern Presbyterian missionaries, most often stationed in China, and from childhood, Pearl spoke both English and Chinese. She returned to China shortly after graduation from Randolph-Macon Woman's College in Lynchburg, Virginia, in 1914, and the following year, she met a young agricultural economist named John Lossing Buck. They married in 1917, and immediately moved to Nanhsuchou in rural Anhwei province. In this impoverished community, Pearl Buck gathered the material that she would later use in The Good Earth and other stories of China.
Pearl began to publish stories and essays in the 1920s, in magazines such as The Nation, The Chinese Recorder, Asia, and The Atlantic Monthly. Her first novel, East Wind, West Wind, was published by the John Day Company in 1930. John Day's publisher, Richard Walsh, would eventually become Pearl's second husband, in 1935, after both received divorces.

In 1931, John Day published Pearl's second novel, The Good Earth. This became the bestselling book of both 1931 and 1932, won the Pulitzer Prize and the Howells Medal in 1935, and would be adapted as a major MGM film in 1937. Other novels and books of nonfiction quickly followed. In 1938, less than a decade after her first book had appeared, Pearl won the Nobel Prize in literature, the first American woman to do so. By the time of her death in 1973, Pearl had published more than seventy books: novels, collections of stories, biography and autobiography, poetry, drama, children's literature, and translations from the Chinese. She is buried at Green Hills Farm in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

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