Imperial Woman: The Story of the Last Empress of China
Pearl S. Buck’s remarkable account of the life of Tzu Hsi, the magnetic and fierce-minded woman from humble origins who became China’s last empressIn Imperial Woman, Pearl S. Buck brings to life the amazing story of Tzu Hsi, who rose from concubine status to become the working head of the Qing... show more
Pearl S. Buck’s remarkable account of the life of Tzu Hsi, the magnetic and fierce-minded woman from humble origins who became China’s last empressIn Imperial Woman, Pearl S. Buck brings to life the amazing story of Tzu Hsi, who rose from concubine status to become the working head of the Qing Dynasty. Born from a humble background, Tzu Hsi falls in love with her cousin Jung Lu, a handsome guard—but while still a teenager she is selected, along with her sister and hundreds of other girls, for relocation to the Forbidden City. Already set apart on account of her beauty, she’s determined to be the emperor’s favorite, and devotes all of her talent and cunning to the task. When the emperor dies, she finds herself in a role of supreme power, one she’ll command for nearly fifty years. Much has been written about Tzu Hsi, but no other novel recreates her life—the extraordinary personality, together with the world of court intrigue and the period of national turmoil with which she dealt—as well as Imperial Woman. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Pearl S. Buck including rare images from the author’s estate.
Publish date: May 21st 2013
Publisher: Open Road Media
Pages no: 384
Edition language: English
, Adult Fiction
, Historical Fiction
, Literary Fiction
, Asian Literature
Good and evil mingled in her, but always in heroic dimensions. 3.5 stars. This is the story of Empress Tzu-hsi, who ruled the Manchu dynasty in China for 47 years. In 1852 she was selected as a concubine for the Emperor. She was extremely strong-willed and decided that she would become the Emperor's...
This is my favorite book by Pearl S. Buck. In it, Buck created a portrait of China's last reigning empress that brings Tz'u Hsi to life and motivated me to find out more information about this incredible, fearless woman who ruled with an iron fist in a predominantly male-run society. Tz'u Hsi went ...
Read this as a teenager after The Good Earth, and found it fascinating. The scene in which she is chosen as a concubine is still clear in my head 30 or so years after reading the book. Along with The Good Earth, this book is one that convinced me I had to see China.