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Pałac kobiet

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Przedrewolucyjne Chiny, schyłek lat trzydziestych XX wieku
Studium osobowości dojrzałej kobiety, Pani Wu, która poznaje prawdziwą wartość i sens uczuć

Pani Wu przez dwadzieścia dwa lata była przykładną żoną i matką w domu zamożnego posiadacza ziemskiego. Nienagannie wypełniała wszystkie obowiązki, nigdy nie zapominając o skomplikowanych obyczajach i hierarchii regulującej ka
Paperback, 400 pages
Published 2011 by Muza S.A. (first published 1946)
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Apr 19, 2007 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pearl Buck's writings about China take me back to a place I visited long ago. Her stories and characters are absolutely engrossing; this was no exception. Sometimes a book is full of quotes that I can't resist noting, and this was one of those:

"... Madame Wu had long ago learned that the affairs of a great household must be managed one by one and in order.... She had tried to [do sometihng else]... and Heaven had prevented it. The time was not ripe, therefore. And as she had learned to do, while
Apr 10, 2013 Jesse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was surprised to get so drawn into Pearl S. Buck's "Pavilion of Women." Buck has a subtle writing style that transcends time, making you forget that the book was written in 1946. Though I was intrigued to read it, given that Buck received both a Nobel and Pulitzer prize.

"Pavilion of Women" follows a mother and wife "Madame Wu" who, on her 40th birthday, chooses to provide her husband with a concubine instead of ever allowing him back into her physical world. There is absolutely nothing bad I c
Feb 17, 2010 Angie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Mia Prasetya
Feb 08, 2010 Mia Prasetya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: touch-of-asia
Tidak seperti yang saya kira, novel sastra cina ternyata bisa membuat saya hampir tidak bisa berhenti membacanya, kesalib dikit ama death note sih, tapi secara keseluruhan buku ini sangat bagus, ditulis dengan manis dan indah oleh Pearl S Buck.

Review awal menceritakan tentang seorang nyonya rumah bijaksana bernama Madame Wu, pada ulang tahun ke 40 ia mengambil keputusan heboh. Mencarikan istri muda untuk suaminya.

Review itu sudah cukup membuat saya tertarik untuk membeli novel ini, dan saya ti
Feb 21, 2010 Truly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chiuming berarti musim gugur yang cerah.
Jiu Ming (dibaca ciu ming) berarti tolong

Entah disegaja atau tidak, kedua kata yang diucapkan nyaris sama mempunyai arti yang berbeda namun secara harafiah memiliki makna yang sama bagi Madame Wu

Saat berusia 40 tahun, Madame Wu memutuskan untuk mencarikan suaminya seorang istri baru. Melalui jasa seorang Mak Comblang seorang wanita yang tidak terlalu cantik namun menawan, berusia lebih muda dari dirinya namun lebih tua dari para menantunya telah dipilih un
Apr 11, 2010 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story put into my mind the true role of women in a family. Everything falls upon us to heal, fix, arrange, etc. It is in how we accept those rolls that defines us.

I found similarities between this culture and polygamy for the early LDS people. Having come from a polygamist ancestry and hearing the stories it is the connection of the women that held it together.

I fought through reading the book, but found that I enjoyed it in the end. It is often that the one we learn the most from isn't alw
Initially I want to say that I received this book through the Goodreads First Reads program.

This book has added to an area that I know needs strengthening for me, knowledge of the life of Chinese people. It is set in mid 20th century, prior to WWII, a time of change around the world and a time of growing change in China. It is the story of cultural and personal transition. Pearl Buck writes from her knowledge of the country and her knowledge as a woman.

We see all that happens through the eyes of
Jun 16, 2011 Rebecca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I keep thinking that Pearl Buck novels can't get any better, but then they do! The main character, Madame Wu, decides on her 40th birthday to get a concubine for her husband. (I'm not giving away the plot here -- you find this out on the first page.) She has her own reasons for this -- fear of high-risk pregnancy at her age, a desire to live for herself and not her husband, etc., but her family and community are aghast.

This is a story about relationships between women and men, independence and i
Jul 27, 2011 Myles rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literary
Among my library's odd collection consisting of varied donations and years of accepting all tired, huddled masses of books is an assortment of beautiful editions of Pearl S. Buck's works, many of them retaining their dust-jackets. I'm not sure what drew me towards this particular book as opposed to, say, The Good Earth or The Living Reed, but the premise is compelling.

Madame Wu after 32 years of marriage and 25 years as the head of a large, venerable and prosperous household, decides to retire f
Jun 24, 2011 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Madame Wu is the perfect wife in one of the most respected rich households in China. The Wu household has stood proudly for centuries, taking care of its farms and tenants, and for the past 24 years, Madame Wu has been the one making sure everything has run smoothly. From the raising of her sons to the hiring of the proper respectable servants, from checking the household accounts to pleasing her husband in every way, she has succeeded. Now, on her 40th birthday, Madame Wu throws everything into ...more
I absolutely adore Pearl S. Buck's writing. That being said, I shall have to go through her entire bibliography in order to satisfy myself. Her prose is a warm bath, complete with the small insights and revelations that often come to one during luxurious respite. 'Pavilion of Women' presents a woman with unparalleled logic and self-control, but who also is ignorant of how coldly she views the rest of the world, those who lack her intelligence and strength of will. Through the course of the novel ...more
Lisa N
Dec 09, 2011 Lisa N rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the story of the Wu family in Pre-Communist China. The story begins when Madame Wu, on her 40th birthday, decides to relinquish her conjugal duties and choose a concubine for her husband.

Chinese culture is so alien to me, I typically cannot connect to it or embrace it. The concept of second class wives and concubinage is something I have never been able to wrap my mind around, in any culture.

Some of the dialogue was surprisingly universal, I found myself wondering if it was authentic.
Historical fiction, Chinese aristocracy, personal and female growth, love lessons… these are all terms to describe “Pavilion of Women” by Pearl Buck. However, don’t think that is all there is to the novel. The depth will surprise you…

Pearl Buck’s “Pavilion of Women” instantly immerses the reader into the depth of its plot and character of Madame Wu. Rather than feeling like you need to be introduced properly; somehow there is an old familiarity, like a friend re-visited with an instant camarader
Sep 17, 2012 CS rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
I give Pavilion of Women five stars not for it's execution (though I don't think it's written poorly) but for it's insight and depth and humanity and love.

If someone were to ask me, "what sort of person should I be?" I would advise them to read Pavilion of Women, to learn from Madame Wu's learning, and to take to heart Brother Andre's wisdom. Meditate on the change in Madame Wu, on her successes and setbacks, and see the way in which she came to live her life. All that Brother Andre says, ponder
Jo Ann

My personal belief is that some books wait for us to come along and discover them they lie quietly, patiently, waiting for years maybe for the correct moment in our lives to be found. This book is one of them for me. I'll admit if I was to have read this book say 20 years ago I probably would not have enjoyed it so much or been able to appreciate the philosophical deepness of it. This book felt like it had waited for me to pick it up at just the right moment. I don't think I have ever read a boo
May 21, 2015 Caroline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
This is a story is set in pre-Communist China, just before and during the Second World War. It is centred around a wealthy old-fashioned family called Wu, and explores the psychology of the different relationships between members of this extended family. The central figure of the story is Madame Wu -intelligent, cool, self-possessed and ordered, she runs a large household of over 60 people, with great efficiency – but always in a very understated and subtle way. She also oversees the administrat ...more
May 03, 2013 Taryn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
What an utterly fascinating premise- a wealthy (Chinese) woman turns 40, and decides her husband needs a concubine so he'll leave her the h*** alone. She is fond of him, but is simply tired of having to perform her main wifely duty, and having already given him 4 sons, and being frightened of the dangers of late life pregnancies, she selects the concubine herself. Her family is horrified.

At a certain point she befriends a foreign monk, whose exact religion is never clear, and her life is change
Victor Carson
In Pavilion of Women, Pearl Buck follows the consequences that flow from a woman’s decision to stop sleeping with her husband after celebrating her fortieth birthday – and to select a concubine to fill that role in his life. Madame Wu’s logic is flawless – she does not want to bear any additional children in the second half of her life and she wants to live her own life, free of her duty to raise children, serve her husband, and live for the others in her vast household.
I will spend the rest of
My thoughts on Pavilion of Women:

At the beginning I found myself strangely interested in this book; its really not my cup of tea. I was shocked, and I was thinking to myself, “is this really going to be a four star book?” I had trouble putting the book down. Then, at about three-quarters through I realized that what I liked about the book didn’t really have anything in particular to do with the book itself or the author.

I liked all the parts about the Chinese culture, everything was surprising t
Sep 01, 2013 Teresa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Madame Wu holds an enviable position in China. She was married into an old, wealthy and respected family to a man she cares for, she has four healthy sons who she anticipates will in turn have sons of their own to carry on the family name, and she is beautiful and esteemed. She has long been anticipating her fortieh birthday. She has made a huge decision which she believes will be beneficial to her family but most importantly to herself.

She could never have anticipated the consequences of that d
Sep 24, 2013 Michele rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just had the best experience with this book. Pearl S. Buck is a wonder and she deserves every award she ever got and more. I was suprised how quickly I got to know Madam Wu and I really felt like I knew her; like we could sit down and talk for hours.
Brilliantly done and written with superb style and grace. I liked it tons better than "The Good Earth."
Loved this thought about Adam and Eve: Because he knew that her mind and her heart were fixed not upon the man, but upon the pursuance of life." h
Moon Rose
Oct 07, 2013 Moon Rose rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Men and Women Brave Enough to Release the Phoenix Within
Recommended to Moon Rose by: Goodreads Testimonials, Nobel Prize for Literature
The freedom that has been given to us by right is not much of a freedom simply made for our individual wish, nor to satisfy the narrowed view of our selfish needs. Its true meaning lies beyond the boundaries of what we only sensually perceived, beyond the body made potent by sin as first and foremost, it is not a whim to be haphazardly use to appease the flesh in its most flagrant needs.

To be truly free is to awaken the mind to its true path of potentiality in filtering a residue of the soul by
Karen Miller
Dec 05, 2013 Karen Miller rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book, it is so beautifully written. Even though it takes place in china right before WWII, and is about a culture so different than my own, and while there were countless ways i couldn't relate to the main character, I still found so many themes that I could learn from and draw parallels to our own society. A classic indeed!
Rachel Terry
Rarely have I read a book that has made me think so deeply about relationships and ideas that I take for granted every day. Andre, the foreign priest, is surprised that Madame Wu has learned so much about the world within her small sphere of daily life, the high walls of her compound. Andre has seen much of the world and speaks many languages, but Madame Wu keeps up with his intellect and ideas, and this is surprising to him. She explains that everything that happens out in the world happens in ...more
Kelsey Prosser
Sep 16, 2014 Kelsey Prosser rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I usually try to be stingy with my five-star reviews, but Pavilion of Women thoroughly earned the full merit. I have to agree with a previous review, in that some books wait for us. Some stories will be profound and meaningful to us and we discover them when we are most ready to receive their wisdom.
This story tells of a wealthy family in another country and in another time, but has timeless lessons in it and explores the most basic and unchanging nature of men and women. Though the old Chinese
Sherry Joiner
Jan 12, 2015 Sherry Joiner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was like going on a soulful journey.
Dec 26, 2015 Isabelle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
When I was a teenager, Pearl S Buck was all the rage with the other teenage girls in my life -- sister, cousins, friends -- but I was not a fan... I preferred torturing myself with Dostoevsky!
So, imagine my surprise when, a few dozen pages into "Pavilion of Women" which I had started to read by default when nothing else was available, I found myself not only liking Madame Wu but also relating to her and also admiring her for conquering the daunting odds of a purely domestic life in order to read
I really enjoyed this book, and seeing the growth of Madame Wu, a Chinese woman who decides on her 40th birthday to remove herself from her husband's bed, get him a concubine, and basically start trying to think for herself, find herself, and live her life for herself. The ending part of the book seemed a bit rushed though, with some of the changes a bit unrealistic and just thrown out there, but all in all I enjoyed the story and enjoyed seeing Madame Wu learn about others and discover herself.
May 09, 2016 Olariu rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
cam 3,5 mai corect....frumos scrisa, interesanta transformarea eroinei principale, dar parca era loc de ceva mai mult...
May 23, 2016 Petra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A warm and interesting story. Madame Wu is a thoughtful, interesting woman and she runs her household with care and ability.
I liked the insight into upper Chinese culture and lifestyle. Madame Wu takes an unconventional path when on her 40th birthday she reclaims her life and walks away from her marriage bed, freeing herself from her wifely duties and intending to spend the rest of her days in study and contemplation.
The teachings of Father Andre are simple and respectful of all life forms and
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Pearl Sydenstricker Buck was a bestselling and Nobel Prize–winning author. Her classic novel The Good Earth (1931) was awarded a Pulitzer Prize and William Dean Howells Medal. Born in Hillsboro, West Virginia, Buck was the daughter of missionaries and spent much of the first half of her life in China, where many of her books are set. In 1934, civil unrest in China forced Buck back to the United St ...more
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“You are free when you gain back yourself,” Madame Wu said. “You can be as free within these walls as you could be in the whole world. And how could you be free if, however far you wander, you still carry inside yourself the constant thought of him? See where you belong in the stream of life. Let it flow through you, cool and strong. Do not dam it with your two hands, lest he break the dam and so escape you. Let him go free, and you will be free.” 17 likes
“You are right,” he had said. “Love is not the word. No one can love his neighbor. Say, rather, ‘Know thy neighbor as thyself.” That is, comprehend his hardships and understand his position, deal with his faults as gently as with your own. Do not judge him where you do not judge yourself. Madame, this is the meaning of the word love.” 17 likes
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