Pavilion of Women

A Novel of Life in the Women's Quarters
CD - unabridged
Audio (12 discs)
Product Number: DC277
Released: May 01, 1995
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781598597707
Narrator/s: Adam Verner
Publisher: OASIS AUDIO
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After 24 years of marriage, Madame Wu informs her husband their physical relationship is over. Undeterred by the resulting outcry, she arranges for a young country girl to take her place in bed. Elegant and detached, Madame Wu orchestrates this change while managing everything in the extended household of some 60 relatives and servants. Alone in her own quarters, she relishes her freedom to read. And as her son takes English lessons, she is soon learning from the "foreign" freethinking priest who will change her life. A thought-provoking combination of Old China, unorthodox Christianity, and liberation, The Pavilion of Women by Pulitzer Prize winner Pearl S. Buck raises probing questions about self-discipline and happiness-and about roles of men and women. And at its center is the amazing Madame Wu- brilliant, beautiful, and full of contradictions.

Author(s): Pearl S. Buck

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Author(s): Pearl S. Buck
Narrator(s): Adam Verner
Product Number Z100023105
Released: Oct 01, 2010
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Oasis Audio
ISBN: #9781608147588
Author(s): Pearl S. Buck
Product Number EB00053620
Released: Aug 21, 2012
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Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: #9781453263501

Professional reviews

"Buck's epic recounts women's plight in late 1930s China, rapidly changing under Western influence and threats from native communists and Japanese invaders. On her 40th birthday, Madam Wu, the matriarch of a wealthy, tradition-bound Chinese family, having decided to retire from her bedroom duties, buys her husband a concubine and sets out to divest herself of all the familial responsibilities that have been consuming her life. Her quest to live for herself is aided and complicated by her youngest son's tutor, Brother Andre, a progressive Western priest. Narrating simply in gentle, dignified, and understated tones, Adam Verner gives this masterful book the perfect touch. On the surface, his delivery is plain, devoid of flourishes, while worlds of underlying meaning emerge through subtle means. Y.R. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"

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