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East Wind: West Wind

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East Wind: West Wind is told from the eyes of a traditional Chinese girl, Kwei-lan, married to a Chinese medical doctor, educated abroad. The story follows Kwei-lan as she begins to accept different points of view from the western world, and re-discovers her sense of self through this coming-of-age narrative.
Paperback, 288 pages
Published April 5th 1995 by Moyer Bell (first published 1929)
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Nicole~
Sep 23, 2013 Nicole~ rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, china, fiction, buck
East Wind, West Wind originally titled Winds of Heaven was Pearl S. Buck's first novel published in the United States in 1930. Though it had gone through many earlier rejections, the acceptance to publish eventually came down to one final vote by Richard Walsh, the president of the publishing company (and who would become Pearl's second husband). He later revealed that he decided to publish it, " not because he liked it, but because he thought her capable of something better."

The story is told f
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Ena Hasečić
Feb 08, 2016 Ena Hasečić rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Divan roman nobelovke Pearl Buck koji se bavi životom i običajima u Kini. Roman prati tradicionalno odgojenu Kineskinju i Kineza školovanog na zapadu i njihov neobičan brak. On počinje sa "Ove stvari mogu da pričam samo tebi, Sestro Moja. Ovako ne bih mogla da govorim čak ni nekoj osobi iz mog sopstvenog naroda..." Naratorka nam se sve vrijeme obraća za Sestro Moja i povjerava nam detalje iz svog života nakon udaje, pa roman zbog toga pomalo podsjeća na dnevnik. To mi se veoma dopalo jer osjećam ...more
غَــدِيــرٌ
الرواية رائعة بحق ،، اسلوب السرد فيها جميل وقريب من النفس ، فشخصية القصة الرئيسية تحادث القارئ وتعلمه بماحدث وكأنها تقص عليها بنفسها اقصوصتها الخاصة وتتفاعل معه بين ثنايا الرواية وتخبره باساريرها وكأنها تقف امام شخصٍ قررت ان تفضي بكل مافي عقلها اليه ..

تحكي الرواية عن الصين والعادات الصينية للزواج، تحكي عن رفضهم لقبول غيرهم ممن كانو يسمونهم همجًا ، تحكي عن اعتزاز الاجناس باعراقهم ورفض الاختلاط بغيرهم بحجة نقاء الدم ، والكثير من عادات تلك البيوت العريقة .. تحدثت الرواية عن الطبقية، السيادة، الجهل
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El
Jan 03, 2009 El rated it really liked it
A few years ago my brother and I took a road trip to Hillsboro, West Virginia to see Pearl S. Buck's childhood home. I had read A Good Earth and had loved it, and I thoroughly enjoy going to author's homes. When we got back home there was a message from my boss at the time on my answering machine asking why I wasn't at work that day. Somehow I had read the schedule wrong and my brother and I took our trip on a day I was actually scheduled to work. For the first (and only) time to date I received ...more
Bárbara Serrano Mateos
Es un libro fácil de leer aunque su literatura no es común, pero se entiende muy bien. En cuanto al tema he de decir que se aprende mucho de la cultura china.
Sally Safaa
Nov 23, 2014 Sally Safaa rated it it was amazing
احببت كل تفصيل صغير في هذه الرواية
صورت الكاتبة كيف بدأ اندماج عالمين شرقي وغربي

الفكرة المهمة هي انه (التغيير) موجود في كل زمان ومكان
ولكن ليس كل انسان قادر على تقبل هذا الشي
في هذه الرواية ما يخطر على بال القارئ
هل من المنطق ان تحكمنا العادات والتقاليد لدرجة التقيد في
اختياراتنا وارادتنا للحياة
ان يتم اختيار اثنين لبعضهم حتى قبل ولادتهم ! اي تغطرس هذا
خلق الانسان حر ،لا يوجد من يحتل عالمه
ويبقى المبدأ (اختياري بحت)
اما ان يتقبل التغير الايجابي الذي يدفعه لحياة افضل ويتناسى كل القيم التي اصبحت خزعبلات
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Helvry Sinaga
Sep 26, 2009 Helvry Sinaga rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Inilah novel pertama yang dibuat oleh Pearl S. Buck ketika ia berumur duapuluhtahun. Bercerita tentang seorang wanita Cina yang bernama Kwei-Lan. Kweilan menceritakan kisah hidupnya kepada seseorang yang disebut dalam buku ini "saudari." Tidak diketahui siapa nama saudarinya itu sesungguhnya, namun dapat diduga bahwa saudari yang dimaksud adalah seseorang yang juga tinggal di Cina.

Kwei-Lan hidup dalam adat istiadat Cina Kuno. Ibunya mengajarinya bagaimana nantinya harus melayani suami dan mertua
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Leslie
Jun 23, 2010 Leslie rated it really liked it
Shelves: asian
Wow, I really liked this book. It was about a very traditional Chinese family in the forties (I think) who faces for the first time the effects of their sons going off to America to become educated and coming back quite changed. This effects each member of their complicated families differently. I was so moved at times I was reaching for the tissues all night and all this morning. It's a very simple prose that even a Jr High level reader could read, but I suspect different generations would have ...more
Angelic Zaizai
katanya ini novel pertamanya Pearl S.Buck, tipis banget [sebel:], ceritanya tentang Kwei Lan gadis china yang masih memegang teguh tradisi, trus dinikahkan dengan tunangannya sejak kecil, laki-laki lulusan sekolah amerika [dokter:].
jadilah banyak beda pandangan, seperti Kwei Lan nganggap kakinya yang diikat itu bagus, sementara suaminya nganggap kaki seperti itu jelek dan ga bagus buat kesehatan. Shocklah Kwei Lan...
udah mulai bisa menyesuaikan diri dengan suaminya, ada lagi masalah, kakak laki
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Meghan
Mar 18, 2010 Meghan rated it really liked it
East Wind:West Wind is a charming story of a woman who learns to appreciate the good from each of two very different cultures. Kwei-lan was raised to be a traditional Chinese woman. Feet bound and head bowed, she is prepared to submit to her new husband in all things. Then he tells her that she is his equal, that he wants her to educate herself and to unbind her feet. She begins to incorporate his Western philosophy into her Eastern traditions, and blends for herself a unique way of life. Though ...more
Zöe Yu
May 29, 2013 Zöe Yu rated it really liked it
Shelves: china
I have the desire to read all Pearl S. Buck's books. All the conflicts between modern world and traditional China must have written by her, or at least, touched by her! Filial duty, superstitious believes, and so on.

This book was written in 1930s in Nanjing, a far away time for us now. Cannot imagine the world then. But what we have now are still more or less the same....

I felt hope for what she proposed in the book, the hope of the great union between two races, with such an difference could
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Angeline
Apr 08, 2013 Angeline rated it it was amazing
Shelves: asian-fiction
I read this book when I was in secondary school and love the simple story told first hand through the eyes of the female lead. it is as if I was indeed her little sister as she tells the reader how she copes with her husband's western ways and eventually how it led to a loving marriage. a wonderful book that can be read upteen times. its time to reread again when the holidays come.
Asmaa Ha Gu
قرأت النسخة العربية
تعرف بالعادات الصينية القديمه
ولكن الارض الطيبه أعجبتني اكثر
Diocletian
Recently, a retired professor I know gave me a ton of her old books that she had. Among the books were probably at least five by Pearl S. Buck. Because I had never read anything by Buck before, I decided to pick out the shortest one of the books of I received. Honestly, after reading James Bradley's The China Mirage, which singles out Buck and her novels as creating a delusional, pro-Western image of China and the Chinese, I didn't have high expectations for Buck. Judging from this one book, Bra ...more
Perry Whitford
Oct 15, 2016 Perry Whitford rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kwei-lan has been raised rigidly within the centuries-old customs of the Middle Kingdom - the separation of the male and female worlds, marriages arranged at birth, the rigid etiquette, the bound feet, concubinage etc.

The man who is about to become her husband, a doctor, has been educated abroad and been thoroughly Westernised by the experience. All of Kwei-lan's ideas about the role of a wife are about to be challenged, for better or worse.

This is a plainly written novel with a narrative which
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Ria
Jul 08, 2012 Ria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful one. Dan setelah ini semoga saya berjodoh dengan buku Pearl S. Buck lainnya.

Yang menarik ketika saya membaca novel ini adalah saya lupa bawah penulisnya adalah bukan orang Cina asli. Cara berceritanya, bagaimana Kwei Lan karakter tokoh utamanya berbicara, sungguh membuat saya larut merasakan bahwa dia adalah perempuan yang dibasarkan dalam adat istiadat kuno. Yah, tidak heran juga sih, mengingat penulisnya memang besar di Cina.

Sungguh menarik sebetulnya tentang bagaimana perempuan-pe
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Sandra
Jul 06, 2013 Sandra rated it liked it
Pearl S. Buck pasó los primeros cuarenta años de su vida en China. Sus profundos conocimientos de la cultura oriental, que plasmó en numerosos escritos, abrieron los ojos a cientos de miles de occidentales que permanecían dormidos a la luz que emite la sabiduría china. En teoría, al menos. En la práctica, yo tengo mis dudas.

Mi dilema no es sobre la experiencia de Pearl S. Buck en el país asiático. No dudo de su veracidad. Su relato es creíble. Lo que me inquieta es que yo no he percibido un únic
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Rebecca
Aug 19, 2011 Rebecca rated it really liked it
A beautiful short little novel by Pearl Buck. This is a great one to start with, and would be a fantastic book for young adults too. The themes of east vs. west are a little overt in this novel, but it is still so compellingly written, so much so that I read it in one sitting. I kept thinking that I would wish it to be longer, but when I got to the end, it felt like the perfect length.

Unlike her other novels, this one deals with just a small part of one family's life, instead of generations and
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Juan
Aug 06, 2014 Juan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Viento del este, viento del oeste” es el primer libro que escribió la Premio Nobel de Literatura Pearl S. Buck, en 1929. La escritora a través de una mujer de la China de principios del siglo XX nos invita a reflexionar principalmente sobre el contacto entre culturas y la evolución de unos usos ancestrales hacia otros más modernos y globalizados. Resulta interesante aprender aspectos de la cultura china así como la perspectiva que tenían muchos de sus habitantes de los “occidentales”, blancos, ...more
Margaret
One of my favorite authors and I was pleased when I learned that this book was her debut. I love the language and the way that she deftly presents the contrast of Chinese culture against the changing world, in this case American tastes and attitudes. The main character's brother brings his American wife to the family home to gain their approval. It was painful reading this part because of how the author handled this strangeness and the foreignness of such an encounter. I got a keen sense of bein ...more
Ffiamma
May 27, 2013 Ffiamma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: donne, americana
breve romanzo di esordio di pearl s. buck, scrittrice americana per lungo tempo vissuta in cina e premio nobel per la letteratura nel 1938. lo sbigottimento e il percorso mentale di una donna cinese che, per amore del marito- moderno ed educato all'occidentale, si vede costretta ad abbandonare le tradizioni a cui è abituata e a sovvertire la rigida educazione che le è stata impartita dalla sua famiglia (anche aiutando il fratello che ha osato sposare una donna americana). al breve romanzo sono a ...more
Arely
Cuando supe que esta autora había ganado el Premio Nobel de Literatura en 1938 pensé que sería compleja su escritura, cuando leí este libro descubrí todo lo contrario, su escritura es muy amena. El libro se desarrolla en china clásica, la protagonista principal es una mujer china que la casan con un hombre chino que ha estudiado en occidente y que quiere adoptar costumbres occidentales, algo sorprendente para una mujer de aquella época. El libro nos enseña una visión totalmente diferente, el cóm ...more
Zara Chung
Jun 08, 2015 Zara Chung rated it really liked it
Pearl Buck's debut novel follows a young chinese girl, Kwei-Lan, throughout her live. From young, she has been raised to be quiet and submissive to males, to be seen and not heard. She comes from the age of bound-footed women and obnoxious men who marry several wives. However, with the growing influence of the western world in China, Kwei-Lan finds that not everything she was taught growing up is true. We follow an innocent and rather ignorant girl who learns more about the western culture and b ...more
Eleidhunita
Feb 03, 2014 Eleidhunita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(4.5)
No sabría decir por qué, pero este libro me ha gustado mucho.
La historia es bonita y tierna, y la perspectiva que da de la cultura china es muy interesante, la verdad. El estilo es un poco cursi, pero teniendo en cuenta que se publicó hace 80 años, está bien, y es bonito.
Ah, y se lee solo. Eso le da puntos.
No sé, es distinto de lo que había leído hasta ahora, y aunque me parece un poquitito cursi, he disfrutado mucho leyéndolo. Ahora quiero leer Cisnes Salvajes, que pinta muy bien.
Motaz Soliman
Sep 01, 2013 Motaz Soliman rated it really liked it
رواية رائعه , أسلوب رشق , مضمون متفوق في كل شئ
الرواية تتناول حياة الراوية التي من أسفل وديان الحضارة الصينية البكر التي لم تمسسها يد التقدم و الحضارة البشرية , و توضح معاناة المرآة التي لا تشعر بنفسها , لا تشعر بحريتها المنهدرة على أرض الرجعية و العادات و التقاليد ,
الرواية جميلة للغاية و حميمية جداً و هي مفتاح لدراسة الشخصية الصينية القديمة بكا ما فيها من سحر و غموض حتى أنني أكاد اسمع الموسيقىَ الوترية المميزة للصين و انا أقرأ
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Maegan Davis
It was a great book. I loved the mix of old traditions and new and the struggle to bring the two together. It was interesting to watch the main character as her view of tradition shifted and changed with the events that occurred around her. I was encouraged by her devotion to her husband and her respect for her elders. I would encourage all to read it.
Carl
Jul 25, 2013 Carl rated it it was amazing
Buck will amaze you with her vivid painting of the rural Chinese life of the first half of the 20th century. One of my favourite aspect of her books is how it is possible to understand the relationship between the different characters which is important since it is so different from what we are accustomed to.
Joan
Apr 10, 2011 Joan rated it liked it
Pearl Buck's first book, written when she was in her 20s, shows amazing empathy for her own and the Chinese culture as they clash in an early modern biracial marriage of the young wealthy Chinese woman narrator's brother to a young white California woman. Remarkable and a good story too. Pearl Buck was the first American woman to win the Nobel Prize for literature.
Leslie Nelson
Jul 17, 2009 Leslie Nelson rated it it was amazing
I love this book! I love learning about other cultures and Eastwind: West Wind is a wonderful way to do that. The story is one of two women one from China and one from the United States and their marraiges.

A wonderful introduction to Pearl S. Buck. I had to read more books by her after I finished this one!
Krasimira Stoykova
Прекрасна книжка! Главната героиня ме спечели още в самото начало на романа и я обикнах. Очарователна е в своята доверчивост и наивност, с нейните страхове и страдания! Винаги съм обичала да чета за сблъсъка на култури и как се преодоляват различията. Препоръчвам на всички, които се интересуват от традициите и обичаите на Изтока.
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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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“This is I. I am as you see me. I do not care to be otherwise.” 3 likes
“As for their child, I am moved in two ways. He will have his own world to make. Being of neither East nor West purely, he will be rejected of each, for none will understand him. But I think, if he has the strength of both his parents, he will understand both worlds, and so overcome.” 2 likes
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