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Peony by Pearl S. Buck
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Oct 05, 2011

really liked it
Read in October, 2011

Peony is a young girl sold to become the bondservant for an affluent Jewish family in 19th century China. She grows up being taken care of and caring for the family especially the young master David. This is a story of 2 diverse cultures -- Chinese and Jewish. Peony is in love with David but it is a forbidden love. David is unaware of her love. He has now reached the age when he should be thinking of getting married. When he was very young, his mother and her friend decided that their children would marry when the time was right. Leah is the daughter of the Rabbi. David's mother is as religious a Jew as there is in China and she wants to make sure that the traditions will continue. David's father Ezra is the son of a Chinese woman and leans more towards the Chinese way of life. How will this all play out? Peony manipulates everyone. David grapples with these two sides of his soul. He feels responsible for the
future of the Jewish community. Very thought provoking.

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