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On April 10, , East Wind: West Wind was issued, the first of Pearl Buck's many books of fiction. For a few years, Pearl Buck had pondered the changes in her. LIBRARY OF CONGRESS CATALOGPs'G-IN-PUBUCATION DATA Buck, Pearl S . (Pearl Sydenstricker), East wind: west wind /Pearl S. Buck. p. cm. East Wind: West Wind: The Saga of a Chinese Family and millions of other books are available for Amazon Kindle. East Wind: West Wind (Oriental Novels of Pearl S. Buck) Paperback – April 5, East Wind: West Wind embodies this love of, and struggle for freedom.
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East Wind: West Wind is a novel by Pearl S. Buck published in , her first. It focuses on a Chinese woman, Kwei-lan, and the changes that she and her family . East Wind: West Wind is told from the eyes of a traditional Chinese girl, Kwei-lan, married to a Chinese medical doctor, educated abroad. The story follows. REVI EW. The East Wind Prevails Over the West Wind. The myth of American " strength" exploded. The forces of peace and socialism are now stronger than the.
View all 5 comments. Leer a Pearl S. Buck ha sido toda una experiencia; y quiero repetir. Ha sido una novela breve pero intensa y totalmente impregnada de sensaciones.
En ella se ve el choque entre la cultura Occidental y la Orienta. View all 7 comments.
Pearl S. Buck
Buck's first novel published in the United States in Though it had gone through many earlier rejections, the acceptance to publish eventually came down to one final vote by Richard Walsh, the president of the publishing company and who would become Pearl's second husband. He later revealed that he decided to publish it, " not because he liked it, but because he thought her capable of something better.
The grievous story of her marriage begins on her wedding night when her husband appears repulsed by her.
The marriage goes unconsummated. Buck portrays the conflicts of a marriage with its origins in mixed ideology, the differences between Kwei-lan's Eastern manner of life and that of a "foreigner", and the philosophy behind the many ancient Chinese traditions that have kept the female servile to the male.
I was mostly moved by Kwei-lan's sense of identity loss, as one partner feels the need to adapt to the other. Hilary Spurling in her biography "Pearl Buck in China: A Journey to The Good Earth," pointed out some similarities of persons in Pearl's life that were incorporated in some of the characters of this novel.
There was good thematic material here but I felt the plots were weak. I definitely saw the impotence of a first novel in East Wind, West Wind, having read some of Buck's more significant novels to follow.
This wasn't bad, but to parrot Mr. Walsh, Buck was capable of something better. That was proven in her next novel, The Good Earth. View all 3 comments. Pero tranquilos, que esto no son spoilers. View all 4 comments. Y para colmo, me ha dejado una grata sorpresa. Y el final es sencillamente hermoso. View 2 comments. Un libro normalito, que se lee de una sentada. Jan 03, El rated it really liked it Shelves: Buck's childhood home. I had read A Good Earth and had loved it, and I thoroughly enjoy going to author's homes.
When we got back home there was a message from my boss at the time on my answering machine asking why I wasn't at work that day. Somehow I had read the schedule wrong and my brother and I took our trip on a day I was actually scheduled to work. For the first and only time to date I received a written warning. It was not one of my shining moments, and for a long time I had a sort of thing against Pearl Buck, like maybe she was bad luck.
In any case, I no longer work at that bookstore and life all around is much better for me - I have a set schedule - so I can no longer blame Pearl Buck for my inadequacies. I chose East Wind: West Wind for my return to Buck's writing as it was her first published novel in and seemed a fitting place to start again. I no longer hold anything against her.
I really enjoyed this book. What intrigues me most about Buck is that the time she lived in China, despite being American by birth, she was accepted as a Chinese writer.
East Wind: West Wind
She had the opportunity to live in and view Chinese culture as a Westerner, which is evident in her writing, particularly in East Wind: West Wind. Kwei-lan is married to a Chinese man who was a doctor in America for a time. During his American stay he accepted several Western beliefs and attitudes, all of which are not accepted by Eastern standards. Kwei-lan is encouraged to unbind her feet, their son is to be raised solely by the two of them; she struggles to understand these Western beliefs without turning her back entirely on what she was raised to believe.
Her older brother goes so far as to marry an American woman and returns as a relatively Westernized man. Kwei-lan makes every effort to help her parents come to terms with the changes occurring in their family while also embracing her new sister-in-law. Written 22 years before Amy Tan was even born, Pearl S. Buck's books are much less commercialized and sadly are mostly ignored by readers now. Kwei-Lan, una joven de buena familia, acaba de contraer matrimonio con el hombre al que ha estado prometida desde la infancia.
Educada por su madre para convertirse en la perfecta esposa china, Kwei-Lan pronto debe hacer concesiones para agradar a su esposo y, poco a poco, empieza a ajustarse a sus costumbres occidentales.
El apego a las tradiciones, el culto de los ancestros, el respeto a la autoridad del padre y de la madre Nada lo expresa mejor que esta frase dicha por la madre de Kwei-Lan: Una frase que recoge esa voluntad de cierre de las viejas generaciones ante todo lo que queda fuera de las fronteras de China. Su esposo, frente a actitudes que considera arcaicas e incluso peligrosas, toma partido por ella: Las escaleras, el mobiliario, la luz intensa que entra por las ventanas Todo es distinto a la penumbra de su antiguo hogar tradicional.
A la mezcla de lo mejor de dos mundos. Una novela corta e intensa. Mar 11, Ms. Jun 23, Leslie rated it really liked it Shelves: Wow, I really liked this book. It was about a very traditional Chinese family in the forties I think who faces for the first time the effects of their sons going off to America to become educated and coming back quite changed.
This effects each member of their complicated families differently. I was so moved at times I was reaching for the tissues all night and all this morning. It's a very simple prose that even a Jr High level reader could read, but I suspect different generations would have Wow, I really liked this book. It's a very simple prose that even a Jr High level reader could read, but I suspect different generations would have very different feelings about this family's situation.
I felt complete understanding of each character's pains and joys, being old enough to have experienced so many of them and having once been married to a "foreigner" myself and lived among them with all their strange ways.
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It reminded me of so many emotions of those days. Now that I'm grown with my own kids, I relate to both generations of this family. What a beautiful story, and not at all mushy or overly emotional. It's one of the many books I've been into these days that shed light on the mysterious lives of women in old China. En cuanto al tema he de decir que se aprende mucho de la cultura china.
He smiled slightly and looked at me not unkindly. But I drew my feet hastily under my chair. I was stricken at his words. Not beautiful? I had always been proud of my tiny feet! Though Kwei lan was changing to impress her husband and was trying to be acceptable to him.
My husband was not one of those men to whom a woman is as distinctly an appeal to the sense as perfumed flower or a pipe of opium. The refinement of beauty in body was not enough. The bound feet of women began to symbolize their oppression. It was a practice of old china and it was seen as barbaric act to rest of the world. The modern education brought with it the understanding of the advantage of natural feet and disadvantage of bound feet.
It seemed as though before this we had nothing to talk about. Our thought never met. My feet, accustomed to constriction, gradually stretched a little, and the blood began to circulate. It is hard to see you suffer so. As soon as Kwei lan get acquainted to westerners through her husband, she came to know a totally different culture which she found inferior to her own. They made mistakes and at every turn betrayed their lack of breeding. They presented the bowls of tea with one hand and habitually served me before my husband.
The man actually addressed me to my face! I felt it an insult. He should have courteously ignored my presence, leaving his wife to entertain me. I had not thought of nursing mine. It is not customary among women of any wealth or position, since slaves are abundant for this task. The exposure to modern western education made Chinese residing in America reject their age old customs and traditions.
I can never love let go! I am torn hither and thither like a frail plume tree in a wind passionate for its resistance. They stand therein our home, wrapped in their strange dress, talking their strange tongue to each other.
I and my son, we do not understand them. She does not trouble herself. She accepts as her right the interest of men. She makes no effort to win their glances. I am as you see me. I do not care to be otherwise. And yet, most strangely, when I ponder it I do not discern any evil insinuation in it. She avows her love for my brother as simply as a child may seek its playmate. There is nothing hidden or subtle in her.
How strange this is! It is not like our women. For them even the fast life of westerners is very difficult to accept and adopt. He has forgotten that in our country time is nothing, and fates may remain unknown even when death has come. There is no haste which can hurry time here. I have always been used to frankness and cheerfulness and speaking straight out. And here it is all silence and bowing and sliding eyes at me.
I could bear being cut off from my freedom like this if I knew what was behind it all. But — do you know, I told him over there at home that I could be a Chinese or a Hottentot or anything for him- but I cannot, I cannot! I am forever American!
He will show me what his father is like- what he was from the time he was a baby until manhood. I can never be separate and alone anymore. A positive future for both the worlds, East and the West enters with the child. A modern and civilized one in real sense which is not bounded with racial discrimination, or with the sense of racial superiority. He will have his own world to make.
Being of neither East nor West purely, he will be rejected of each, for none will understand him. But I think, if he has the strength of both his parents, he will understand both worlds, and so overcome.
Into this tiny knot hast thou tied two worlds! He has tied together the two hearts of his parents into one. Those two hearts with all their differences in birth and rearing — differences existing centuries ago!
What union! Proportionally smaller in number, those Chinese Americans who were exposed to a segregated but American education very quickly became aware of their inferior status. Many became ashamed of their appearance, status, and culture. Self hatred and the need to be accepted by the white society became their primary obsession. In practice this meant the rejection of their cultural and linguistic heritage and the pursuit of thoroughgoing Americanization: adoption of American values, personality traits and social behaviors and conversion to Christianity.
However, Buck was able to disseminate this knowledge more widely through popular fiction. Liang, is an expatriate Chinese philosopher who lives in New York and earns a comfortable living by expounding Confucianism and classic Chinese culture in books and lectures. Liang is an elegant fake. He retails a roseate, fairy tale view of China, a wispy amalgam of ancient texts and stereotype, in which a changeless serenity absorbs all turmoil.
Liang and his wife live in spacious New York apartments with their four adult children, two sons and two daughters, all of whom have grown up in the United States. Halfway through the novel, the liang children return to China. Liang to save them from further Western contamination. The professor himself remains behind in the safety of his American affluence.
The younger daughter, unable to face hardship, soon returns to New York and marries a white American. The older son and daughter, on the other hand, settle down in their ancestral village, marry local people, and dedicate themselves to improving the lot of peasants.
Some of the characters in Kinfolk elaborate the same. His two sisters could not cook, and his younger brother Peter did not like Chinese food. The younger two children had been born in America and were therefore American citizens. It was no small mission to bring East and West together. Alone sometimes she was frightened at the thought of China. She loved America. Their brown faces were upturned, curious, gay, and patient.
Here and there a white face was lifted startlingly clear against the universal brown. It was a reversal of New York where the crowd was white, and the brown face startling. He had grown up immunizing himself to the stares of white people as he walked along the streets, but here it would be comforting to belong to the crowd.
In a few minutes he would be lost in it, and no one would look at him twice. Here was where he belonged. Buck points to the dilemma of neo — missionaries — their disunity between tradition and innovation. Exposed to a modern, complex reality, these neo missionaries have to become aware that Chinese rural society needs to be reformed and improved.What a beautiful story, and not at all mushy or overly emotional.
They ate fully at the table with the others, yet afterwards they would creep away into the servants' courtyard and quarrel with the servants for the left-over bits. My heart went cold and hot together. Pearl S. I must cherish her as my own mother, and her reproaches, however unjust, I must bear in silence.
Romanzo d'esordio di un premio Nobel meritatissimo.
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