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Imperial Woman (1956)

af Pearl S. Buck

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Roman om den kinesiske kejserinde Tzu Hsi.

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The story and the setting were really interesting, but the long and winding descriptions made this book a chore to read. ( )
  ladyars | Jan 4, 2021 |
As a work of historical fiction, Imperial Woman follows the political history, as well as the gossipy side of that history, pretty well. And as is usually the case with Buck's fiction, her storytelling skills immediately bring the reader into the novel. For what is the fourth or fifth time, I began reading a Buck novel with only the intent to look at the first few pages and quickly found myself some ninety pages in.

I am not sure about Buck's accuracy in detailing actual Chinese beliefs and cultural attitudes--she often seems to read her own values into theirs, whether they be Chinese peasants or aristocrats. But Buck does manage to pull off quite a feat in making Western readers side almost entirely with the Chinese view of Western inroads into China. More than that, Buck can cock a snook better than anyone when criticizing Western missionaries, ambassadors, their wives, and merchants.

Against this grand context of China versus the West during the last half of the nineteenth century, there is also the personal story of the Empress Tzu Hsi (Cixi). Quite a story it is, of a concubine who works her way to the throne and ultimate power, dispensing with three emperors along the way and a host of princes, generals, retainers, and imperial eunuchs. Always a reactionary, Tzu Hsi nevertheless generates sympathy all the while. And even when Buck ends the novel, the reader finds Tzu Hsi plotting to control yet a fourth emperor, the boy emperor Puyi. Then, Buck chooses to close her book before that equally tragic tale can begin in full--which would come on the very deathbed of Tzu Hsi. ( )
  PaulCornelius | Apr 12, 2020 |
It just doesn't get any better than Pearl Buck writing about the orient. This was a more historical story than most of hers, well researched for the time, about Empress (Dragon Queen) Cixi, the last Empress of China. The empress had charisma, shrewdness, and a sadistic streak; although when she loved it was deeply. A lot of court intrigue, fashion, and drama. Really liked this one! 376 pages ( )
  Tess_W | Mar 22, 2019 |
I listened to the audible version. The reader was overly emotive making the book sound like a soggy romance novel. Maybe if read it would be a solid "3" with the reader it is a 3- ( )
  yhgail | Feb 20, 2019 |
Pearl Buck's novel of the life of the Empress Dowager Cixi (1835-1908) is over long and written in over wrought prose. making the omnipresent narrator appear to be writing in some kind of strangled English for Chinese speakers. This made the book extremely difficult for me to read an it took me forever to make it through its almost 400 pages.

I know enough about Chinese history to know that Dowager Empress Cixi was an intelligent and ruthless palace schemer who, but the luck of having given birth to the only surviving male child of the Emperor, quickly maneuvered herself from position of lowly concubine to that of Second Consort, and then seized power in her own right and, through her arrogance and hubris largely caused the fall of the Qing dynasty.

Buck, however, while showcasing Cixi's intelligence, also portrays her as a lovesick female over her kinsman and former lover, Jung Lu. Maybe this is because Buck in her own life developed a cult of the personality around herself.and earned was regarded by many as being a spiteful and thoroughly disagreeable woman. Perhaps she identified with the Dowager Empress, but for whatever reason, this is a poorly written book that paints the Dowager Empress in a dishonest light. ( )
  etxgardener | Jun 25, 2016 |
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Foreword: Tzu Hsi, the last ruling Empress of China, was a woman so diverse in her gifts, so contradictory in her behavior, so rich in the many aspects of her personality, that it is difficult to comprehend and convey her whole self.
It was April in the city of Peking, the fifth month of the solar year of 1852, the third month of the moon year, the two hundred and eighth year of the Manchu, the great Ch'ing dynasty.
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