- File Size: 8645 KB
- Print Length: 521 pages
- Publisher: Open Road Media (May 21, 2013)
- Publication Date: May 21, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00CLVB9JW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,966 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Imperial Woman: The Story of the Last Empress of China Kindle Edition
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This story is how a lowly impoverished little girl made her way into being the sole ruler and Empress of a magnificent country during troubled times, several wars, famines, and on the brink of technology and modernization. Imperial Woman (Orchid) resisted change, but when she realized she had no choice, bravely and graciously led her nation into the modern world.
The only problem I have with Ms Buck's books is her very long paragraphs. Perhaps the style of writing at the time of her novels dictated this, so very different than today's writings. Nonetheless, it is difficult to concentrate at times with such long paragraphs.
Pearl S Buck's novels should be considered classics and are excellent works for understanding the Chinese culture.
I liked the book so much that I will now read "The Good Earth" next. I love it when you are taken to a totally different place from where you are or what you know and it feels so real.
On all these points, Ms. Buck has done what was the standard in her day and age. She had lived in China almost all her life, and been home-schooled by her mother and by a Chinese tutor who doubtless explained to her the customs of the host country. She was in China at the time of the revolution and probably heard all the rumors that circulated. She had also attended the university in the United States, and had a great command of language and style.
Ms. Buck presents us with an idealized vision of what might have been, if Tsu Hsi was as determined to cling to power as Pearl S. Buck would have liked her to be and if she had shared the ambition of a Macchivalli by making first her own son, then her nephew, Emperor but replacing them personally when she saw they were not as strong as she was.
Remember, this is not a historical document. It is a story of what could have been, seen by a person who was in China at the time the events took place, and who has an incredible vocubabulary and a wonderful command of the English tongue.
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I really wish I had read this particular book before visiting the Forbidden City last year - it would have helped me to have a deeper appreciation for what I was seeing.
This was one of the most engaging books I've read and I can imagine the effect it had at the time of its release.