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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,443 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Pearl S. Buck Narrator: Adam Verner Publisher: Oasis Audio, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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. 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 stories 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. Download and start listening now!

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  • Pavilion of Women is Miss Buck at her best, the dedicated storyteller. Beneath the deceptive simplicity of the narrative flows the clear, swift tide of human life—the small commonplaces of daily living, the clashes of personality, the episodes mean and magnificent.”

    Saturday Review of Literature

  • “Narrating simply in gentle, dignified, and understated tones, Adam Verner gives this masterful book the perfect touch. On the surface, his delivery is plain, devoid of flourishes, while worlds of underlying meaning emerge through subtle means.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Delicious Strawberry | 2/17/2014

    " Pavilion of Women is one of the novels that Ms. Buck wrote about the struggle of old vs new. Within the Wu household are bought concubines along with revolutionary wives who chose their husband and did not have their parents involved. Madame Wu is an interesting character who sparks a riveting tale with her decision. It might not be for everyone, but whether or not you're a Pearl S. Buck fan, you should enjoy this story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kim | 2/10/2014

    " I loved this book so much that I did not want it to end. I wanted it to go on and on. I wanted to keep knowing more about Madame Wu and her family's life. It made me sad to see the book come to an end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Melanie | 1/28/2014

    " I read this book because The Good Earth is one of my very favorite books, and I was so curious to read something else by Buck. I liked this book overall- I love the way that Buck lays out juicy family gossip, and the way that she describes people in such an in depth manner; however, I found myself getting bored as the book became increasingly spiritual and philosophical. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Barbara | 1/24/2014

    " Soooo well written. I really enjoyed "

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