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Pavilion of Women by Pearl S. Buck
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Feb 29, 2012

did not like it
bookshelves: 2012
Read from February 29 to March 05, 2012

I thought it was self absorbed navel gazing from beginning to end. I found it hard to admire anything about the stifling, traditional Chinese culture and philosophy portrayed in the House of Wu. I kept on waiting for the catalyst in the story, and when it came it changed nothing. The main character, Madam Wu, went from controlling and manipulating all around her in one direction, to controlling and manipulating all around her in another direction. If I hear about Madam Wu’s “silvery” voice, “slender” hands or “delicate” way of eating ever again, I think I will be the wife hanging from the rafters…..

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