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.
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"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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