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The story of Tzu Hsi is the story of the last empress in China. In the novel, Nobel Prize Winner, Pearl S. Buck recreates the life of one of the most interesting rulers during a time of intense turbulence.

Pearl S. Buck's knowledge of and fascination with the Empresses' life are contagious. She reveals the essence of this self-involved and infamous last empress, at the same time she takes the reader through China's struggle for freedom and ...

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Overview

The story of Tzu Hsi is the story of the last empress in China. In the novel, Nobel Prize Winner, Pearl S. Buck recreates the life of one of the most interesting rulers during a time of intense turbulence.

Pearl S. Buck's knowledge of and fascination with the Empresses' life are contagious. She reveals the essence of this self-involved and infamous last empress, at the same time she takes the reader through China's struggle for freedom and democracy.

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Pearl S. Buck was born in West Virginia and taken to China as an infant before the turn of the century. Buck grew up speaking Chinese as well as English. She is the most widely translated American author to this day. She has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the Nobel Prize for Literature. She died in 1973.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2006

    Stunning!

    By far the best novel by Pearl Buck. Her account of a family torn apart during the Rape of Nanking will break your heart while igniting your interest in Chinese culture. I highly recommend this book , especially for educators trying to humanize the tragedy of the Rape of Nanking for students.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2003

    Sowing the wind

    As so often, Buck deals with ordinary people in North China. Here a prosperous farming family encounters the Japanese invasion which destroys their quiet lives and sends their children into the mountains. The rape of Nanking is a horror at the center of the book; she describes it from the viewpoint of a strong woman desperate to find sanctuary for her daughters-in-law and grandchildren. At one point the invaders besieging a mission compound insist on women being sent out for their abuse; looking at the mothers and children around them, a group of refugee prostitutes, terrified but generous, volunteer to go to their known deaths. At the end of the novel, several men secretly hear a radio broadcast and realize they are no longer alone; the rest of the world has also discovered the war they have fought for years. Most unfortunately, the novel is out of print.

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