East Wind, West Wind

East Wind, West Wind

Book - 1957
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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.
Publisher: New York : John Day, c1957.
ISBN: 9780381980269
038198026X
Characteristics: 277 p. ;,21 cm.

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SeattleSaul
Oct 24, 2017

(The following may contain “spoilers” of the story, so stop reading this here and take my recommendation and read it, particularly if you are new to reading Pearl S. Buck and/or know little about traditional Chinese culture.)
This was Buck’s first novel and it sets the path to her writing of other novels of China and the Far East. If you haven’t read one of her books, and especially if you do not know much about traditional Chinese culture, this work might be a great eye-opener. Personally, I became a little bored with the main character’s taking so long to see how new thinking and exposure to the West was changing China, arguably for the better. In summary, a Chinse woman marries (Chinese style, parent-arranged) a Western-educated Chinese man while her brother (and importantly for family name-continuation and inheritance, the only one) marries an American woman and brings her home. Both marriages present cultural problems, the latter particularly.

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julia_sedai
May 24, 2014

This was such a great story of East meets West. You learn a lot about what each side thinks of each other. It follows a very traditional family and shows what happens to them when some of them become more Western. I definitely recommend it because it's so interesting.

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