- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Moyer Bell Ltd ,U.S.; New Ed edition (27 Jun. 1991)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1559210354
- ISBN-13: 978-1559210355
- Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 14 x 2.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 537,096 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Imperial Woman (Oriental Novels of Pearl S. Buck) Paperback – 27 Jun 1991
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This is the story of the last Empress of China.
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Pearl S Buck, as the short biography at the end of this new Kindle edition reveals, was the daughter of missionaries and lived in China for many years as both child and adult. Born in 1892, she would undoubtedly have been old enough to remember the end of Tzu Hsi's reign and would have had first-hand experience of being a child of foreign Christians during the Boxer Rebellion at the turn of the century.
Tzu Hsi is portrayed here as a beautiful, ambitious tyrant, scheming to become and then remain Empress. First as concubine to a weak Emperor and then as regent for her son, she uses her beauty and charm to manipulate those around her; but when beauty and charm fail, she is content to use torture, beheading and 'slicing' to get her own way, with a calm ruthlessness that never prevents her from ensuring that she is well-perfumed and beautifully dressed. Buck lets us see her tyrannous side growing as she faces threats from domestic rebels, plotting courtiers and foreign armies. But we are also shown her loneliness and isolation, and the personal sacrifices she has to make to hold her position in a society where women are considered inferior and unsuited to rule.
Buck uses a stylised form of prose suggesting perhaps a translation of the formal language of the court. Whether this tone is authentic, I don't know, but I'm afraid I found it intensely irritating after a while.Read more ›
If you've never read one of Pearl S Buck's novels, then you are in for a rare, exotic treat, a journey like you've never before taken. It is no wonder that she is one of the world's most beloved authors, her books classics. This is definitely a must read book, one that will linger in your memory for years to come, and one that will teach you about a period in history well worth learning about.
"imperial woman". i was half expecting to be a bit disappointed. but no, it was as interesting as i remembered and a real page turner.
i have read other books about this empress and this is definitely the best. a big thumbs up for this book. highly recommended.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A WOW book.
It can be hard to read sometimes, the language is always so "high class"(imperial style), but she definitely has a way to do it, so you don't get bored,... Read more
Almost as good as her other Oriental books but I found the main character didn't engage me fully so that, although I read all of it, I didn't read with that intense curiosity and... Read morePublished 9 months ago by SHELAGH T.