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Peony by Pearl S. Buck
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Mar 09, 11

really liked it
bookshelves: historical-fiction, favorite-authors
Read in March, 2011

I really enjoyed this book. Peony is one of my new favorite heroines. I so admired her courage, intelligence and virtue in a society that often looked down on (or at least discouraged) those characteristics in women. Again Pearl S. Buck has given great insight into the Chinese culture, this time focusing on the Jewish community within China. Throughout the novel Buck raised the interesting idea of dedication to religion versus asimilation to society. I particularly appreciated when Peony and her life-long love (who she was unable to marry due to social position) determine to remain faithful to one another by staying virtuous even though Chinese society at the time would have accepted her as a concubine and would not have judged him for taking a woman other than his wife. Overall an intriguing read that I highly recommend.
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