- Audio CD
- Publisher: Oasis Audio; Unabridged edition (October 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1598597701
- ISBN-13: 978-1598597707
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.1 x 5.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 613 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,545,425 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Pavilion of Women Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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Madame Wu was to retire from married life and had planned to select a concubine for her husband. When the revered House of Wu is upturned by her decision, Madame Wu elegantly manages the situation and is granted private time she never had before. Yet, with all this new freedom, and the arrival of her son's English teacher, how will Madame Wu change?
"Pavilion of Women is Miss Buck at her best, the dedicated storyteller. Beneath the deceptive simplicity of the narrative flows the clear, swift tide of human life--the small commonplaces of daily living, the clashes of personality, the episodes mean and magnificent."
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This book is about Madame Wu, who decided to retire from married life at the age of 40. She suggested a concubine for her husband as she believes very strongly that his needs need to be met ~~ just not by her. Her excuse is that she didn't want to bear any more children, but that is just a public excuse, one she offered to everyone who asked. The truth is, she didn't love her husband and wanted to retire from that part of her marriage. Needless to say, it unsettled the entire family ~~ even the concubine was unsettled. It reverberated throughout the entire book till the very end, when everyone seems to have moved onto their own problems.
This is a book on a busy wealthy Chinese family. It is about traditions and ideas, non-traditions, love and finding purpose in life. It is about family relationships between father, son, mother, son, mother-in-law and daughter-in-law, friendships, and even between mistress and servant.
Madame Wu never thought she'd find peace and happiness till one of her sons' instructors came along. He was a Jesuit priest and they struck up a friendship based on conversations (which she remembered after his death). He literally changed her life and thought process. From being a woman who always did what she was told, she was liberated to being a free-thinking woman who strove to find peace in her soul.
It is a book that I would recommend to all readers ~~ and it is definitely a book for a book club to discuss! It is a timeless classic novel ~~ and definitely a great introduction to an author that I have heard about but never have read. I can't wait to read her other books!
The author possesses an almost supernatural ability to bring distant people , ideas, and culture to the forefront of the reader's mind, drawing upon color and feeling that could easily compel the reader to believe the work is something of their own memory.
As with any protagonist, Madam Wu is is impossible to fully love or fully hate, but remains impossible to ignore. Her expressions of grief , love, and self-examination offer insight to all who are enchanted by her words.
The story gently and smoothly unfolds and is never preachy. I was completely enthralled by the characters and couldn't stop reading. It is the first book I have ever read by Pearl Buck, and I can't wait to read another.
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