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East Wind: West Wind (Oriental Novels of Pearl S. Buck) Paperback – April 5, 1995
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From the Author
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.
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.
Top customer reviews
Having the world of her marriage being revealed through Kwei-lan's eyes provides a deep understanding of her reactions and difficulty in exchanging the old ways for the new. Kwei-lan's brother returns, married to an American woman, which now provides a living model for what her husband wishes her to become.
Throughout Kwei-lan's understandable bewilderment, her husband treats her with gentleness and compassion. All that she has been taught, even the oldest of traditions, is now brought into question. Ingrained beliefs are so difficult to push aside and the discomfort Kwei-lan feels is something the reader can relate to as we all have to confront change at some time in our lives that can push us way beyond our comfort zone, and accepting such change often involves much internal conflict.
Kwei-lan's biggest struggle becomes her greatest personal triumph in this marriage. The unbinding of her feet, while originally an abhorrent idea to her, ends up setting her free. Kwei-lan ultimately becomes an equal partner in the marriage and learns she has so much more to offer than she originally thought. It is almost as though she takes a deep breath for the very first time.
Gives an excellent impression of what it was like to be female in the China of old - and of the clash of the old and modern cultures. The main character undergoes quite a development in the course of the novel. But she still states at the end, that "my husband is always right"...!