Pearl S. Buck
Impératrice de Chine
April 01, 2019 Comments.. 297
Imp ratrice de Chine Au mois d avril soixante jeunes filles appartenant aux meilleures familles mandchoues sont convoqu es au palais de l empereur de Chine Hsien Feng afin qu il choisisse ses pouses Seule sera imp

  • Title: Impératrice de Chine
  • Author: Pearl S. Buck
  • ISBN: 9782253010173
  • Page: 475
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Au mois d avril 1852, soixante jeunes filles appartenant aux meilleures familles mandchoues sont convoqu es au palais de l empereur de Chine, Hsien Feng, afin qu il choisisse ses pouses.Seule sera imp ratrice celle qui lui aura donn un fils, aussi ne suffit il pas d tre lue, encore faut il ne pas se laisser oublier Yehonala ne l ignore pas Elle a rus pour se faire dAu mois d avril 1852, soixante jeunes filles appartenant aux meilleures familles mandchoues sont convoqu es au palais de l empereur de Chine, Hsien Feng, afin qu il choisisse ses pouses.Seule sera imp ratrice celle qui lui aura donn un fils, aussi ne suffit il pas d tre lue, encore faut il ne pas se laisser oublier Yehonala ne l ignore pas Elle a rus pour se faire distinguer par l empereur, mais se souviendra t il encore d elle demain Ambitieuse et intelligente, elle pr pare avec soin les voies de son succ s Sa patience sera r compens e elle devient la favorite et, la naissance de l H ritier, un d cret la proclame imp ratrice sous le nom de Tzu Hsi La mort pr coce de l empereur remet tout en question, mais Tzu Hsi sort victorieuse de la bataille pour la r gence A moins de trente ans, elle tient en main les r nes du pouvoir, elle les gardera pendant pr s d un demi si cle crucial pour l Empire du Milieu Personnage fabuleux, Tzu Hsi appartient en effet au pass historique de la Chine que le r cit de Pearl Buck recr e magnifiquement dans son faste et sa beaut.

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    1. Aubrey says:

      Before I attempt to say anything about this novel, I simply wish to note that I do not in any way award these five stars out of some misguided sentiment that this book accurately portrays China and all its entailing history as its own cultural members would. The most concrete experience I have with the country is having been taught the Chinese phrases for 'left turn', 'right turn', and 'straight ahead' during a road trip many years ago, and I assure you, neither my intercultural credibility nor [...]

    2. Richard Derus says:

      Rating: 3.5* of five (rounded up)The Publisher Says: 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 [...]

    3. Margitte says:

      Portrait of Tzu-hsi by Hubert Vos, 1906In the Foreword to this book, the author says the following: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. She lived in a crucial period of history, when China was struggling against encroachment while at the same time the need for modern reform was obvious. In this period Tzu Hsi wa [...]

    4. Alice Poon says:

      This historical novel was first published in 1956, some forty eight years after the death of the last Qing Empress Cixi (named “Tzu Hsi” in the book). It tells her extraordinary life story from childhood to the time near her death.The author skillfully weaved intricate historical accounts of Cixi’s 47-year reign (her reign was in most part unofficial) which was marked by her tyranny, paranoia and xenophobia, with enthralling fiction that paints a lively portrait of her person, complete wit [...]

    5. Tania says:

      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 favourite. She did this by studying 5 hours every day, staying up to date with all gossip, studying all edicts, becoming very close with the Dowager mother and ,according to this novel, giving up her [...]

    6. Maurice Becnel says:

      I read this book for the first time when I was in fifth grade. My mom was/is an avid reader and Pearl S. buck is one of the authors she really enjoyed. She encouraged me to read it thinking, I believe, it would keep me out of her hair for a month or so (as a kid this seemed a pretty fat book at the time.) She could not have been more wrong. I devoured it like a Little Debbie cake. It is packed with drama, intrigue, history, fashion, military prowessd on top of it all a major female figure. She i [...]

    7. Sheri McEntire says:

      This might be my all time favorite book. It had historical properties, strong women, lots of descriptive scenery and well developed characters. I learned alot about China.

    8. Dana Stabenow says:

      I think perhaps Buck didn't know exactly what she wanted to write here. You can't have the love interest off stage for 90 percent of the time if you're writing a romance. If you're writing an historical epic you can't confine your character to one location of such a vast country. If you're writing a cautionary tale about power corrupting, there needs to be a gradual descent into evil, not jump from a simple country maid to an off-with-their-heads bitch in a page and a half. And if you're going t [...]

    9. Huyen says:

      so here you go: China at its most peculiar and perplexing in a turbulent and precarious time. Imperial Woman is story of the life of Tsu Hsi Empress of the early twentieth century, one of the most formidable and powerful women in China's history. She's up there with Wu Zetian and Jiang Qing as the most ruthless, shrewd and manipulative figures in politics. Coming from a modest background, she exploited her charm to seduce the Emperor, took power when he died, poisoned her own son, allied with a [...]

    10. Sara says:

      I thoroughly enjoyed learning about this era and this court culture, neither of which I knew anything about. The book is not always the easiest to read but what I took away from it far outweighs the sometimes slow reading and awkward sentences.

    11. Lorina Stephens says:

      It isn't often I give up on a novel. Generally it's my policy to finish a book whether I'm enjoying the journey or not, because often I'm surprised in the last moments, finding the author has brought all the elements of the story together in a brilliant finish.Such is not the case with Imperial Woman, by Pearl S. Buck. Buck presents what should be a fascinating story about the last, and most famous, empress of China, Tzu Hsi. Instead Buck has taken the easy route and presented what is very nearl [...]

    12. Kimfu says:

      Great book! I read this book 30 years ago, and it was interesting to come back to it now. In the intervening years, I've read many excellent historical fiction novels by talented writers, such as Philippa Gregory, Margaret George, and Conn Iggulden. As a result, I enjoyed "Imperial Woman" this time around a little less than 30 years ago. Pearl Buck's style was slightly more plodding than that of the other authors whom I like better. The details she brought to the story were not quite as interest [...]

    13. KruemelGizmo says:

      Inhalt: In Das Mädchen Orchidee schildert die Nobelpreisträgerin Pearl S. Buck das abenteuerliche Leben der letzten chinesischen Kaiserin Tsu Hsi, die als Konkubine an den Hof befohlen wurde und durch ihre Klugheit und Tatkraft zur Kaiserin emporstieg. Über vierzig Jahre steuerte sie das Reich mit staatsmännischem Geschick zwischen allen Klippen hindurch. Im Alter genoss sie im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes göttliche Verehrung und erhielt von ihrem Volk den Ehrentitel "Alter Buddha".In diesem R [...]

    14. Kilian Metcalf says:

      In this book Pearl Buck undertakes to tell the life story of Tsu Hsi from the age of seventeen, when she is chosen to be one of hundreds of concubines, to an old age as the last empress of China. All along the way, her beauty, intelligence and manipulative power enable her to survive crisis after crisis, reveling in the support and love of the Chinese people.It is a remarkable story of a remarkable woman, rising and ruling entirely in her own right. She must straddle the desires of her own heart [...]

    15. Ana says:

      I should stop rereading Pearl Buck. I remember that the first time I read her books, thousands years ago back when I was a teenager, I actually rather liked them, but now I think it must've been one of those embarrassing stages everyone goes through???? This was dull and annoying and cringe worthy and I couldn't wait to finish it.

    16. DeAnn says:

      I haven't read a Pearl Buck book since high school. This one was good but felt SO long. Maybe it was the small type in the library book. It was a well written account of the last empress of China who went by so many different names, I'm not sure what to call her! A long saga, but interesting from a historical perspective. Fascinating glimpse into what court life was like during this time.

    17. Amanda says:

      Why, yes, this is my fourth review of a book about Cixi. I’m a little obsessed. (You can read my take on Anchee Min’s books here and here and Jung Chang’s here.)When I saw that Pearl S. Buck had a novel about Cixi, I just had to read her version of this fascinating woman. While Buck was not a contemporary of Cixi, she lived in China while some of Cixi’s contemporaries still lived, and her legacy was still fresh in the minds of the people. Buck even says in her forward that she visited re [...]

    18. Leah says:

      May you live in interesting timesThis is the story of Tzu Hsi, who ruled as regent and Empress of China from 1861-1908, effectively the end of the empire, which collapsed just 3 years after her death. For the major part of her reign, Tzu Hsi tried to hold back the tide of progress being forced on her by the various Western powers as they jostled to gain a foothold in this vast country.Pearl S Buck, as the short biography at the end of this new Kindle edition reveals, was the daughter of missiona [...]

    19. Elizabeth Daugherty says:

      By far one of the most engaging and well-written works that I've ever read. Pearl S. Buck did not disappoint.

    20. Patty Mccormick says:

      Who wrote about Chinese history and the empresses before Anchee Min? Where did she get her inspiration from? Well before Anchee Min there was Pearl Buck. Now, now simmer down. There is nothing wrong with Anchee Min I have read her books and love them too. She has a new book just released on 5-07-2013, The Crooked Seed. Can’t wait to grab a copy of this one! Oh boy the to read list goes on and on! So on to the review.This book was originally released in 1956. It has been re-released 5-21-2013 a [...]

    21. Tracey says:

      In this book we follow the life and political growth of the last Empress of China, Tzu Hsi. At times I was totally immersed in this story which is rich with the traditions, beauty and splendour of life at the court of Imperial China. The many palaces throughout the land and palaces within palaces, gorgeous, expensive robes of state, and functions of eunuchs, concubines and servants, were detailed throughout. At other times I was repelled by some of the orders Empress Tzu Hsi gave to remove those [...]

    22. Sara says:

      Another fabulous and extremely well researched book by Pearl S. Buck. She captures the character, the time, the history, the intrigue, the glamor, and the uncertainty of the time in which Tzu Hsi ruled China. After reading this I went and looked up all the information I could find about Tzu Hsi and it (especially the novel) is a simply fascinating story. I appreciate the cultural perspectives that Buck has in her novel, and despite being a child of a missionary family - she takes a very realisti [...]

    23. Carla Anderson says:

      This is the only book I've read about Tzu Hsi, the last Empress of the Manchu empire of China. I found it totally engrossing. Young daughters of the aristocracy are sent to the palace to be chosen as concubines for the Emperor and are selected by the Empress Mother. The Emperor is tormented by opium addiction and has experienced sexual gratification since childhood. Sakota is chosen as his consort since she's the former consort's younger sister and Tzu Hsi is chosen as second wife. However, Tzu [...]

    24. Leslie says:

      I was surprised that i liked this as much as I did considering it's the third book about the last empress of China I've read. Pear buck's clean, simple prose and straightfoward style draw me right in. I loved it! I love the detailed descriptions of all their beautiful silk embroidered robes. I loved the details about the exquisite food and fabulous gardens, amazing architecture and palace treasures. I loved all the references to ancient Chinese poets, historians and artists. I swear I feel like [...]

    25. Alison Forde says:

      This novel has the same central character as another one I read recently, Empress Orchid, but I much preferred this one. I felt quite engaged with the Empress as a character in this instance - her determination to make it to being the Emperor's favourite, her scholarship of Chinese history her attention to politics, which distinquished her from the Emperor's wife (Orchid is merely a concubine)and allowed her to rise to power. Pearl Buck portrays her with complex human emotions, where as in Anche [...]

    26. Beka says:

      This is such a fascinating book about Chinese culture. It's got war, intrigue, forbidden love's got it all! However, I admit that at times I hated the main character, but I tried to stay open-minded about the culture and the times in relation to my growing dislike of her. What she did as a woman in a male dominated society is nothing short of amazing. What really kept the story moving for me was the intertwining story of her love interest. It is such a tragic, romantic story, and perhaps the onl [...]

    27. Thampy.2 Thampy says:

      Describes the life of the last empress of China. A very well-written novel in Buck's characteristic style. Buck takes you on the journey of the life of a young Chinese girl forced into a life of royal concubinage and her rise to power through her Machivellian operations. My feelings about the book were ambivalent because I found myself sympathizing with the protogonist while reading the book, yet was clearly antogonistic to her for her callousness and indulgences that resulted in such suffering [...]

    28. Fanda Kutubuku says:

      Ini buku karya pertama dari Pearl S. Buck yang aku baca. Maharani adalah fiksi yang berdasarkan pada sejarah Tzu Shi, sang maharani Cina yang melegenda. Mengawali karir dari seorang selir, karena ambisi dan kepandaiannya ia-pun meretas jalan menuju Takhta Naga. Kisah yang penuh intrik dan dibumbui oleh romantisme, serta cara Pearl S. Buck mendeskripsikan keindahan suasana di istana dan budaya Cina, membuat buku ini sangat menghibur.

    29. Mona Randall says:

      After reading "The Good Earth" I am drawn to read more of Pearl S. Buck's books. This book is about a woman's rise to power and all that she must give up to be in this position. Recommended reading.

    30. Yuska Vonita says:

      Ketika saya mengetik blurb, saya membacanya dengan suara Maria Oentoe. Siapakah beliau? Googling ya, adik-adik

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