The fascinating, implausible life of Tsu Hsi, or “Orchid,” was reviled by the revolutionary Chinese, but here it receives a sympathetic treatment from Min ( Red. Empress Orchid tells the story of Tzu Hsi, China’s longest-reigning female ruler and its last Empress. According to Min, for decades Chinese schoolchildren have . Empress Orchid [Anchee Min] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. From a master of the historical novel, Empress Orchid sweeps readers into .

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Segala sesuatu memang sudah ada pasangannya, sudah ada jalannya. Little does she know that China will collapse around her, and that she will be its last Empress. I always found the ancehe engaging and interesting. Another reason I liked the story was its main character. Empress Orchid was one bg those books which left me in the state of oblivion. Zivot zena u Zabranjenom gradu je strasna, ne samo zato sto su podredene vec zato sto im nije ostavljena mogucnost da barem donekle zive normalnim zivotom.

After reading the Reader’s Group Guide for the book, the reader would be convinced that Min was drawn to the character of Orchid empresz her intriging character and, perhaps, to a similiarity to Madame Mao.

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In fact, for me, in general, this type of historical fiction doesn’t usually work at all. I appreciate Min’s spin on the Empress as an alternative, or supplement, to history, but do not forget, as a reader, that this is a fictional account and should never be interpreted in place of history. Western fascination with Cixi springs from the west’s fascination with itself: But her success brings enemies: Campus Cam celebrating all matters Renaissance.


Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads orchod. Imperial life is lavish, yet stifling. Well, this was kind of fun, except that I don’t really believe in this version emoress Cixi.

I’ll definitely be picking up the sequel. View all 13 comments. Mainly because of all the books I own, I’m kinda pissed I read this one twice. Nevertheless, very good at capturing the atmosphere and political intrigue.

Chosen from among thousands of young women as the emperor’s fourth concubine, Orchid discovers that palace life is oppressively dull. The name of a person signifies rank, status and profession, but also says much about family epress political alliances. Bahkan demi memakamkan ayahnya di kota kelahirannya, Peking, mereka meninggalkan Wuhu tanpa harta sedikitpun.

A life of intrique in dramatic times, novelised by an author who lived through turbulent political times herself. She moved to the United States in The historical good figure who wrote the history books is the devil incarnate. But reality tells a different story. Right now, China might have fewer enpress, fridges and washing machines per capita anchde Britain, but history is one thing it isn’t short of. I liked the details of the court life, and the relationship of the mother and son was well done.

Empress Orchid

Her tactic works and she soon becomes the Emperor’s favourite consort. The depiction of Chinese history from a non-Western viewpoint was very interesting and, from about half-way in, the growing feeling of the ‘barbarians’ closing in around you and China diminishing was very well done. Trivia About Empress Orchid E Immediately after Cixi enters the palace, the empress dowager takes her on an educational visit to see a legless, armless concubine stored in a jar, whose limbs she removed as punishment for monopolising the emperor.


To rescue her family from poverty and avoid marrying her slope-shouldered cousin, seventeen-year-old Orchid competes to be one of the Emperor’s wives.

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But then, what kind of power was his? Q You did extensive research for Becoming Madame Mao and lived through the Cultural Revolution in China, which added a special intensity to your descriptions. I have been pummeled with that period from my three epress of taking American History and how even World History ejpress more focused on America and Western Europe than any other part of the Globe.

Really thinking, adding those wrinkles to that brain. Strasno me zivcirala pasivnost cara, nezainteresiranost i opcenito nacin na koji je zivio svoj zivot.

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To rescue her family from poverty and avoid marrying her slope-shouldered cousin, seventeen-year-old Orchid competes to be one of the Emperor’s wives. Empreas could mention how gripping it was, watching Orchid fight tooth and nail to make sure her son was appointed Emperor and how she had to use her wits to get pregnant in the first place. I liked learning about the imperial court life by learning about the culture and the politics. I can’t decide if I actually like Orchid, but since there is an accompanying book, The Last EmpressI’ll give it a try before I decide!

I couldn’t put it down. She is, by Orchid’s account a woman of leisure who is petty and resorts to Empress Orchid was one of those books which left me in the state of oblivion.