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BOOK Pavilion of Women

PDF Û BOOK Pavilion of Women Ä 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 deO will change her life Pavilion of Women is a thought provoking combination of Old China unorthodox Christianity and liberation written by Pearl S Buck a Nobel Prize winner born and raised in China Few stories raise so many uestions about the nature and roles of men and women about self discipline and happiness At the center is the amazing Madame Wu brilliant beautiful full of contradictions and authorit spoiler alertVery good but sad A book of striking contrasts Madame Wu married for many years to a man in the traditional Chinese way living in Victorian China that she feels distant and in a sense isolated from The way of life does not do much for the feeling of intimacy with one's spouse all interactions are basically formal She in a sense doesn't feel a connection with her husband oh she honors respects and is completely loyal to him but she has a deep desire to learn has a hunger for knowledge and in some senses her husband just doesn't get it Madame Wu meets an American missionary who is the complete opposite of her husband At first she is kind of disgusted by him his ways are so much different to the traditional Chinese way of doing things; he is not as genteel refined he doesn't care about the strictly defined class structure but she is intrigued by him to He loves to learn as well loves books loves talking about them and she looks forward to his visits They never get romantically involved or anything but she feels connected to him than really anyone else in her life When he dies it is really sad I cried The only person that really ever understood her was gone I adore Pearl Buck as an author and have many of her books Her writing is always so thought provoking

EPUB Æ Pavilion of Women ó Pearl S. Buck

Come take her place in bed Elegant and detached Madame Wu orchestrates this change as she manages everything in the extended household of than sixty relatives and servants Alone in her own uarters 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 wh This book has touched me so deeply that I cannot help feeling a strike of destiny in the way it came into my hands I started reading it blissfully unaware of both the plot and what it might be like Pavilion of Women has proven to be such a beautiful reading surprise I must have read it in one breath or at least that is what reading it felt like Once I started it I just couldn't stop reading I cannot express how much I enjoyed this novel It is a truly remarkable portrayal of a woman's soul It's pure magic Pavilion of Women has even managed to comfort me during a difficult hospital stay and I'm sure it's a novel I'll never forgetBut enough with the praises for now Let's talk a bit about what this novel is about and what it is like The novel's protagonist is Madam Wu The subtitle of this novel is A Novel of Life in the Women's uarters and that is what this book it about The terms 'women's uarters' sounds historical and indeed this book is set in the past in a remote part of China before the outbreak of WW2 Besides following the life of Madam Wu the protagonist this novel also follows the life stories of other women who are close to her The introduction of the novel describes both Madam Wu and her family dynamics As she turns 40 Madam Wu longs for some 'me time' On the surface Madam Wu has everything she might want A husband and children who love her servants who worship her a respected place in a community Everyone seems to either admire or respect her Madam Wu's family is the wealthiest in the area and it seems to be a happy family Madam Wu's sons are either married or too young to be married but either way they seem respectable of their parents One of Madam Wu's sons has married a girl older than himself which poses technical problems in the selection of the daughter in law who will be in charge of the household once she turns 40 but there are no major problems or so it seems Madam Wu however has uite a surprise prepared for everyone She has decided to find her husband a concubine When Madam Wu discloses this to her servant and later on friend she received a hocked reaction It is known to everyone that Madam Wu is beloved by her husband What could possibly drive her to such a decision Now at the time book happens concubines are still present but they are started to be seen as something better left to the past times The historical reasons for concubines are interesting As Madam Wu rationally explains a concubine ensures that a man can have children without endangering his wife Having a baby after you turn 4o was a dangerous feet in those days Many women have lost their lives that way Some of them or so it seems have been relieved when a concubine came to take their placeHowever a concubine was always known to present a risk Why risk disrupting a happy family? Why bring a stranger into a well functioning family? Madam Wu stubbornly clings to her decision confident that she will able to make her husband see the benefit of her decision Slowly we learn about their marriage Mister Wu protests but finally agrees with this wife's decision Madam Wu is known to be a flawless capable and intelligent lady Even in the traditional society of the time Madam Wu commands respect Moreover in her home this lady's word is the law Madam Wu spends her first night alone She has chosen a room close to her mother in law on the pretext of being able to better take care of her but in reality because it's the most private place in the house Madam Wu speaks of tradition and fulfilling her role of a good wife but it seems that what she is really interested in is independence As I said Madam Wu needs some 'me time' she wakes up in the morning feeling happy knowing that nobody will ever disturb her sleep by reaching up to her It seems Madam Wu has planned everything in detail she will select a suitable concubine a simple village girl who will be grateful to be a part of such a rich and respected family Her sons and daughters in laws are appealed by her decision One of her son's wives tells Madam Wu how she had even protested and marched against the concubine tradition and urges her to give up on her decision Madam Wu chooses an orphaned village girl feels a bit guilty by the fact that she had bought her like a cattle but ensures herself she is actually doing her a favour For a while it seems that things might run smoothly Madam Wu concentrates on marrying another soon to her neighbour's daughter Madam Wu's intelligence and sophistication allow her to be one step of a time As she manages to secure time for herself Madam Wu reflects on her life Her father in law loved and respected her but warned her not to read certain books while she is young Her late father in law saw that an intelligence of her sort might make her unhappy and urged her to have patience with his son who was spoiled by his mother and ended up being less intelligent that Madam Wu Madam Wu has lived her life fulfilling her duty but now she wants the freedom to be by herself to devote herself to learning to have time to read those book What she doesn't realize is that she cannot be free while others around her are not free In other words Madam Wu will have to pay a price for buying that poor village orphan girl who now turns to be unhappy with the new arrangement and begs to leave One after another family crisis take place and Madam Wu realizes that for all her sophisticated and intelligence she has much to learn Madam Wu will not be able to help her family until the managed to help herself and vice versa“You are free when you gain back yourself” Madame Wu said “You can be as free within these walls as you could be in the whole world And how could you be free if however far you wander you still carry inside yourself the constant thought of him? See where you belong in the stream of life Let it flow through you cool and strong Do not dam it with your two hands lest he break the dam and so escape you Let him go free and you will be free”

Pearl S. Buck ó Pavilion of Women TEXT

Pavilion of WomenOn 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 My personal belief is that some books wait for us to come along and discover them they lie uietly patiently waiting for years maybe for the correct moment in our lives to be found This book is one of them for me I'll admit if I was to have read this book say 20 years ago I probably would not have enjoyed it so much or been able to appreciate the philosophical deepness of it This book felt like it had waited for me to pick it up at just the right moment I don't think I have ever read a book that has touched me in such a personal way as this one has Madame Wu lives in two worlds one of the old ways and yet she is a very modern thinker of the new When I first started reading this story I felt a little put off by Madame Wu and how she strived to be so perfect so in control of everything she did For the first time ever I actually felt a little jealous over a fictional character I have read a lot of books that made me feel many emotions but never envy She had me stopping and thinking as to how I measured up as a wife and mother and maybe as a human being in general As the story progresses we begin to see the real person that Madame Wu is she has reached the age of 40 and now she feels that she wants her time to do what she wants to do She's done with bearing children and keeping her husband entertained and happy she's done her duty running a household and keeping everything in order and everyone satisfied She wants a life of her own she wants to feel free to read books and to be herself and do the things she was never able to do And so begins her plan if I can make everybody happy in the family then they will all go off into their own worlds and leave me alone to be in mine Madame Wu was torn with a tough decision as to what to do about her husband if she continued to have sex with him she could find herself pregnant past forty She also knew that if she refused him he'd just go down to the local flower house and take care of it himself so she makes a drastic decision against her friends and family's opinions and decides on a concubine Will just fix Mr Wu up with a nice girl of my choosing and then after everything settles down I can start my life or at least that's how the plan was suppose to work out Slowly disaster after disaster arises and the family is thrown into chaos She starts to study with Brother Andre a tutor she hired for her third son and he opens up her mind to a whole new way of thinking Madame Wu comes to fully realize the complicated bonds between men and women are not so easily arranged and maybe in a way men and women are not so different that we all need to feel love and be happy to achieve our highest potentialWith wit humor and layer upon layer of thought provoking dialogue author Pearl S Buck is able to transcend time between the past and the present This story makes you look at the relationships between men and women with a whole new appreciation