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This book was an amazing look at Indian culture and the history of the caste system and British imperialism without being too dull. The twin outlook was really intriguing as well--you never quite know what is going on!
Beautiful book. My first Pearl Buck, and I'm now a fan. The inciting action is that on her 40th birthday, Madame Wu informs her husband that she is getting him a concubine. She does this in order to retire from her duties as a wife. Her household is thrown out of balance due to this announcement, and the rest of the book goes from there. Many unexpected and beautiful musings about life, scholarship, beauty and faith. Here are some favorite quotes: "My faith? It is in space and in emptiness, in sun and stars, clouds and wind." p. 154 (as spoken by the Western monk) On the soul: "'It is that which we do not inherit from any other creature,'" he had said. 'It is that which gave me my own self, which shapes me a little different for all those who came before me, however like to them I am.' 'And if I do not believe in God?' 'It does not matter whether you believe or not,' he had answered, 'You can see for yourself that you are like no other in this world, and not only you, but the humblest and the least beautiful creature also has this precious residue. If you have it, you know it exists.'" p. 250 "No one can love his neighbor. Say rather, 'Know thy neighbor as thyself.' That is comprehend his hardships and understand his position, deal with his faults as gently as with your own. Do not judge him where you do not judge yourself." p. 270 And that is all I'll share on that. The quotes are rather onesided about faith. There is also plenty in this book about the complex nature of love and human relationships, and the novel is, all in all, a lovely read.