Woman's World

PAVILION OF WOMEN (316 pp.)—Pearl S. Buck—John Day ($3.50).

Pearl Buck has probably done more than anyone except the Japanese Army to bring China's problems home to the U.S. public. Her new novel has none of the impressively rugged, panoramic qualities of The Good Earth, but it is nevertheless a problem novel, centered upon a rich, traditionally minded Chinese family in the year preceding the Japanese invasion.

The wealthy Wus dwell on the same spot, in the same way as 20 previous generations of Wus. They grow only in the sense that as the decades pass there are new betrothals, new pregnancies, new...

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