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Pavilion of Women by Pearl S. Buck
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Dec 25, 2010

really liked it

Pearl Buck's Madame Wu is one of the strongest female characters in literature. The way she runs such a large household with grace and dignity is to be much admired; she never stops learning, largely after many talks with her son's tutor, Brother Andre, who teaches her about love and humility. After turning 40, she learns more life lessons and becomes a better mother and head figure. She makes the scandalous decision to bring in a concubine for her husband after deciding to forego her wifely duties. After the initial shock, the acceptance of all under her roof proves how much Madame Wu is respected. I love how she learns to see, admit, and try to correct her not-so-good decisions and constantly try to make herself better, and in effect, all those around her.

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