Book Club Meeting

PAVILION OF WOMEN by Pearl S. Buck (316 pages).  

Please join us for socializing anytime between 9.00 - 9.30.  The meeting begins promptly at 9.30.

Your book suggestions are welcome. Please contact Kate G. or Pat with your recommendations. 

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On her fortieth birthday, Madame Wu carries out a decision she has been planning for a long time: she tells her husband that after twenty-four years their physical life together is now over and she wishes him to take a second wife. The House of Wu, one of the oldest and most revered in China, is thrown into an uproar by her decision, but Madame Wu will not be dissuaded and arranges for a young country girl to come take her place in bed. Elegant and detached, Madame Wu orchestrates this change as she manages everything in the extended household of more than sixty relatives and servants. Alone in her own quarters, she relishes her freedom and reads books she has never been allowed to touch. When her son begins English lessons, she listens, and is soon learning from the "foreigner," a free-thinking priest named Brother Andre, who will change her life. The Pavilion of Women is a thought-provoking combination of Old China, unorthodox Christianity, and liberation, written by Pearl S. Buck, a Nobel Prize winner born and raised in China. Few books raise so many questions about the nature and roles of men and women, about self-discipline and happiness. At the center is the amazing Madame Wu - brilliant, beautiful, full of contradictions and authority.


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  • Pat R.

    The discussion about the Women's Pavillion was wonderful. I think everyone contributed to the discussion, and several people commented on how glad they were that we read it. Pearl Buck was a dynamic personality, and we all appreciated her work on equal rights, anti racism and her writing.

    January 3, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Under the weather. Loved the book and Madame Wu.

    January 2, 2014

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