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

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.


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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4.0 out of 5 stars East meets west 3 Feb 2009
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A fascinating backdrop of traditional Chinese culture coming under challenge from western values in the early 20th century. The main character manages to tread a delicate line between the two and see things from both sides. Others, who are resolutely on one side or other of the divide, fight an increasingly emotional battle against the odds. Much as I enjoyed this novel I think The Good Earth (a later work by the same author) is more sophisticated and compelling. To be fair, though, The Good Earth would beat just about anything.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite novel ever 3 May 2008
This is my favourite novel ever, together with East of Eden. I lose count of how many times I have read it and I enjoy it again and again as if it was totally new to me.
Despite the fact that it is Pearl S. Buck's first book, I think it is a masterpiece.
Told in the first person, the narrator is a young Chinese woman who leads us through a path of self-discovery and love.
Even though she is quite traditional to start with,her views expand after her marriage to a westernized man who even convinces her to unbind her feet.
The book is full of beautiful metaphors and one can even see the colours and feel the sometimes oppressive atmosphere of the Chinese courtyards.
Only somebody as fully immersed in the culture as Pearl S. Buck could have written something so masterful and poetical.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Novel...Timeless and Timely!! 8 Jun 1999
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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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I read this while travelling through Southern China and it brought to life the dilemma facing the changing society in early 20th Century China as young people became more aware of the Western world and its different attitudes to family life and, especially, the emerging role of women. Visiting the various courtyard houses on the tourist trail one could imagine the formality of family life portrayed in the novel. Beautifully written in a genteel style that suited the era and story.
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