Imperial Woman: The Story of the Last Empress of China by Pearl S. Buck

Imperial Woman: The Story of the Last Empress of China

byPearl S. Buck

Kobo ebook | May 21, 2013

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**From the Nobel Prize–winning author of The Good Earth: the New York Times–bestselling biography of Tzu Hsi, the concubine who became China’s last empress.
 

In 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.

Pearl S. Buck, June 26, 1892 - March 6, 1973 Pearl Sydenstricker Buck was an American author, best know for her novels about China. Buck was born on June 26, 1892, in Hillsboro, West Virginia, but as the daughter of Presbyterian missionaries she was taken to China in infancy. She received her early education in Shanghai, but returned t...
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Title:Imperial Woman: The Story of the Last Empress of ChinaFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:May 21, 2013Publisher:Open Road MediaLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1480421189

ISBN - 13:9781480421189

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from To be honest.. to be honest, I dont really remember reading this book. It didnt have a dramatic impact on my life. I read it because a family member recommended it and I gave it 4 stars on good reads so it cant be to bad.
Date published: 2018-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love This Trilogy I love how each book in this trilogy focuses not only on different people, but different struggles. The characters are so human - I can sympathize with them.
Date published: 2018-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Very Strong Character I love the main character. She is strong in a very woman, but not the modern sense of the word. In fact, she is very traditional and this is her weakness as well - that she is trapped by traditional social expectations. Overall, I just really love how Buck captures the thoughts and feelings of everyday people. Her characters aren't good or bad - they're just humans with very real mundane struggles. It's not glamorous but it's so beautiful.
Date published: 2018-04-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting Pearl S Buck is an extraordinary, award winning author, and so it was with great anticipation that I began reading this book. The setting is England in the early 1900's. Sir Richard Sedgeley and his wife Mary own a castle, but can no longer maintain its upkeep. Opening up the castle to tourists has done little to help replenish the family's fast depleting coffers. Enter an eccentric but endearing rich American millionaire who wishes to dismantle the castle and rebuild it in America. As expected with any novel written by Pearl S Buck, I found compelling characters and an intriguing plot premise. I thoroughly enjoyed the characters, especially because each character seems to have a touch of eccentricty. However, in my opinion, the story unfolds very slowly and ambled along in several different directions, with little happening that could grip me until the last third of the book. This is not one of her best works, but if you are a fan of this author, then you may likely find something to enjoy in this romantic-gothic-mystery tale.
Date published: 2017-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT I loved reading this so much. You learn about ancient chinese culture, jewish culture. And the love story !! ( spoiler following) Probably one of the only books that doesn't have a "happily ever after" that I still loved
Date published: 2016-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Imperial Woman This is a beautifully written book, bringing to life a China of another era, a read which has been a memorable experience.
Date published: 2015-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Greatly written The story is sad but so well written! I don't especially like sad stories ,but this one had so much truth in it and was so well written, I really enjoyed it.
Date published: 2015-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Imperial Woman I loved every sentence of this book. Buck's simply, beautiful prose swept me into the story. I didn't want it to end.
Date published: 2014-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it!!! I loved every sentence of Imperial Woman. Buck is a master. Enchanting, beautifully simple prose.
Date published: 2014-06-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An unearthed treasure A lyrical book rich in atmosphere and a wonderful window into the domestic lives of a culture I was largely unfamiliar with. This book, with a strong and admirable woman at its centre, is just as relevant now as it was the day it was written.
Date published: 2014-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Greatly written I hadn't read Pear S. Buck's novels for a number of years and decided I wanted to read them again. I have caught up and read a number of them as of today. I thoroughly enjoyed all of them especially The Good Earth. Buck's novels are powerful and take you right in to that era in China. The family issues and holding on to family unity and what it takes in their daily lives to do that are similar in many ways to our modern families now. The hard physical work is not the same and the opportunities are more plentiful now but the emotional ties in families and the upcoming generations are basically the same. When I read Pearl S. Buck's novels I feel like I am right there at that time and I have a hard time putting the novel down!
Date published: 2014-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I have just finished reading The Living Reed. I found it fascinating and learned the history of Korea and how there are now two Koreas -- North and South with such diverging views -- politically and socially. Canadian soldiers fought in Korea in the 1950s and many of our men died there. How many knew the History of Korea and why they were sent so far from home ? The 38th parallel that divides Korea is so different from our 49th parallel.
Date published: 2013-12-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Good Earth Fantastic read. Luv the style of writing.
Date published: 2013-04-30

From the Author

**From the Nobel Prize–winning author of The Good Earth: the New York Times–bestselling biography of Tzu Hsi, the concubine who became China’s last empress.In 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.