Pavilion of Women Author:Pearl S. Buck ...Now the story is of a great family of the landed gentry, well-to-do, cultivated, aware and in the midst of the variety of human experience. Thus there is scope for the exact drawing of many characters, for deft conversation, nuances of thought, unguessed turns of story action, overtones of every intensity, from the most delicate note to the c... more »horal.
The scene is laid in a great house, which like all Chinese family homes is a series of court yards surrounded by one-story rooms, all connected by passage ways. Here three generations live, together and yet with privacy. Bus as the story mounts, the fact emerges that the author is actually writing not only about China but about the infinite variety of relationships between women and men. It is often said that in a novel by Pearl Buck the scene, whether Chinese or American, is of far less importance than the people and the story.
Especially is this true of the Pavilion of Women, for here she weaves tales of almost every possible attitude or tie between the sexes, at any age--young love, marriage without love, concubinage, prostitution, spinsterhood, and finally an exalted love that is never spoken and comes to no physical touch.
These women, girls, children, and the boys and men who are their foils, might be of any race or place or period.« less