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East Wind, West Wind: The Saga of a Chinese Family (Oriental Novels of Pearl S. Buck) Paperback – 1 Oct 1993


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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Moyer Bell Ltd ,U.S.; New Ed edition (1 Oct 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1559210869
  • ISBN-13: 978-1559210867
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 2.1 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 276,060 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Top Banana on 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 By María José García Ferrer on 3 May 2008
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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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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 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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