Set in twentieth century China, this is a moving and evocative story. The older generation of the Wang family is rigidly set in the ways of ancient China: the father has several concubines and demands and receives unquestioned reverence from all of his family. But the family faces many changes that threatens both their traditions and their lives. This is Pearl Buck’s first novel and begins developing themes she writes on throughout her work.
In her acceptance speech upon receiving the Nobel Prize for Literature, Pearl Buck said, “The mind of my own country and of China, my foster country, are alike in many ways, but above all, in our common love of freedom”. East Wind: West Wind embodies this love of, and struggle for, freedom. (less)
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