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An American Pulitzer-Prize-winning author, writer, and sinologist.

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East Wind, West Wind (1930)

  • Jun 27, 2010
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This novel moved me a lot and radically opened my eyes on the World and its diversities. It is the first novel of Pearl Buck that I read. Since this book, I have become a big fan of her novels. "East Wind, West Wind"  is a very easy to read story that illustrates with accuracy the Chinese way of life and the changes that have occurred when the young generation have started going abroad. A traditional Chinese girl, Kwei-Lan, shares her feelings and astonishments regarding her life changing day by day from what her mother taught her, as she is married to a Chinese doctor who was educated abroad. She discovers little by little freedom and points of view of the western world through her husband and his relationships. She tries to find a balance between the western and the eastern ways of life. It is very interesting. You can really feel the passion and the commitment of the author about the cultural issues between the Western world and China. Notice that Pearl Buck established the first international interracial adoption agency. She was an incredible woman. I recommend other novels such as "The Good Earth", "The Promise", "Pavilion of Women". 

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June 30, 2010
Hi, Helen!

I created a topic point for the book you were trying to review in case you wanted to break this review up into two--one for Pearl S. Buck and one for "East Wind, West Wind." Either way you decide, this was a great look at such a prolific author!

Here's the link to the book topic: http://www.lunch.com/cafelibri/reviews/East_...erback_-74-1488143.html
 
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great writer, giving historical insight of early 20th century, and of Asian culture
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Pearl S. Buck is one of my favorite authors. I love her descriptive style of writing, and the tender detail she assigns everything, from her characters, to the settings in which they exist, to their positions they hold dear.    Personally, my favorite Buck novel is The Good Earth. It tells the tale of wealth, and just how powerful it can be in changing your life. In a way, a lot of Buck's novels are, to me at least, similar in theme to John Steinbeck's novels. They both focus …
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Pearl S. Buck was a Pulitzer Prize-winning American author, writer, and sinologist.

Born in West Virginia in June 26, 1892, she moved with her family to China when she was only 3 months old. There, she was taught by Confucian scholars and learned English as a second language with the help of her mother and a tutor. In 1901, she and her family moved to San Francisco after the Boxer Uprising but returned to China a year later.

In 1910, Buck returned to the US to attend Randolph College. She later returned to China where she married and raised a family of her own and taught English literature at the University of Nanking. During that time, she and her first husband lived in Nanjing. Buck only returned to the US briefly to obtain a Masters degree from Cornell University. After her divorce in 1935, she returned to live in Pennsylvania and started advocating on behalf of Asian and mixed-race children for adoption. In 1938, she received the Nobel Prize for Literature, the first American woman to receive such an honor. She died March 6, 1973 of lung cancer in Danby, Vermont.

Today, Buck is known for many literary works, including East Wind: West Wind, The Good Earth, and Sons.  
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