Imperial Woman is the fictionalized biography of the last Empress in China, Ci-xi, who began as a concubine of the Xianfeng Emperor and on his death became the de facto head of the Qing Dynasty until her death in 1908.
Buck recreates the life of one of the most intriguing rulers during a time of intense turbulence.
Tzu Hsi was born into one of the lowly ranks of the Imperial dynasty. According to custom, she moved to the Forbidden City at the age of seventeen to become one of hundreds of concubines. But her singular beauty and powers of manipulation quickly moved her into the position of Second Consort.
Tzu Hsi was feared and hated by many in the court, but adored by the people. The Empress's rise to power (even during her husband's life) parallels the story of China's transition from the ancient to the modern way.
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Review: Imperial WomanUser Review - Rebekah - Goodreads
I initially approached this book with trepidation. It was my introduction to Pearl S. Buck, and though I know that Buck is renowned for having brought sympathy for and a greater understanding of China ... Read full review
Review: Imperial WomanUser Review - Kay - Goodreads
I haven't finished it yet. But I read it years ago and it was a nice book. I love Pearl Buck's writings, and especially loved her book, Pavillion of Women. This is the next one I plan to read again ... Read full review