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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I may well read the follow-up to this at some point, to read about her later life. Really thinking, adding those wrinkles to that brain.

Sometimes revisionist historical fiction wants to add a romance where there wasn’t one or to make more of a romance then what it really was, a virgin to a non-virgin. However I found it a very dull read. It’s taken me a enpress to the day since I finished it to get back to reviewing it, so please excuse me if my memory is incomplete or this review is what I’m afraid it will be: Pages to import images to Wikidata.

More By and About This Author. What I found interesting was the differences from how I remembered it. The story begins with the death of her father who was once a governor of Wuhu.

But I didn’t want to leave.

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Nonetheless, Orchid’s life is still in danger from Su Shun a corrupt official as the Emperor has not yet named an heir. Based on copious research, this is a vivid portrait of a flawed yet utterly compelling woman who survived in a male world, a woman whose main struggle was not to hold on to power but to her own humanity.

The decrees and poems were translated from the original documents: Chosen from among emprezs of young women as the emperor’s fourth concubine, Orchid discovers that palace After my negative review of The Twentieth Wife A NovelMintzi recommended The Last Empress as a superior alternative and I thought I might as well read the prequel first.

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Ci Xi has always been portrayed as mmin ruthless, evil woman with insatiable thirst for power and, in this book, she’s described as a simple and sensuous woman who wants the best for her husband, a mother who wants her son to have what’s rightfully his, and a I-don’t-know-what who wants the bes I can’t say exactly whether this book is a work of fiction or a biography. Yes, people are out to get her.

Her journey is enduring, but she is the one who fails to connect the readers with her heart breaking journey. This stops Orchid from becoming a milk sop or a door mat. Strasno me zivcirala pasivnost cara, nezainteresiranost i opcenito nacin na koji je zivio svoj zivot. She seems to be such an interesting, strong woman. The book does a good job of letting us into the world of obscene luxury and waste, the dullness of waiting, the fear of rejection, and undoubtedly Orchid was a remarkable woman who used the resourc The story of Empress Orchid should have been riveting.

Overall, Empress Orchid was a truly enjoyable and fascinating read, and I highly recommended it to fans of historical fiction.

Pantang menyerah dan dengan dukungan kasim setianya An-te-hai, Anggrek akhirnya berhasil memikat Kaisar dan menjadi selir kesayangannya. It appears she did her research, even reading primary sources and documents. Could have been a great book! Orchid starts her story with the death of her father moving quickly to her marriage to the Emperor of China.

You are commenting using your WordPress. Tzu Hsi is not your usual 19th century Chinese woman. Most of the rest were Hawaiian, Japanese, or Chinese. This website uses cookies to improve user experience. Once in the Forbidden OrcuidOrchid befriends a eunuch called An-te-hai enpress, who is assigned as her servant along with numerous other eunuchs and maids.

The story of Empress Orchid should have been riveting. I give it 3 stars, which is not bad but I thought it was going to be a 4 to 5 star book. Bahkan demi memakamkan ayahnya di kota kelahirannya, Peking, mereka meninggalkan Wuhu tanpa harta sedikitpun.

Nasib baik melindunginya, karena sebelum pernikahannya, ada pemberitahuan dari istana bahwa Kaisar Hsien Feng sedang mencari istri.

But over time her regrets pile up, and Min portrays this with great poignancy. I’m always interested dmpress new cultures and new time periods, so this was perfect for me. Do not forget again. Anggrek sulit mempercayai dirinya sendiri ketika dia akhirnya menjadi Selir tingkat keempat Kaisar. Being able to read Chinese, Min was able to extensively research her period using primary sources.


Orchid has the great good fortune to bear him a son.

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The depiction of Chinese culture, which I know little about, was also very interesting. Saat Anggrek sedang hamil tua, dia bersenang-senang dengan para gadis Cina dan menelatarkan Anggrek. Anyway, I got in. He was a prisoner of himself. What interested me most? Little does she know that China will collapse around her, and that she will be its last Empress. I resorted to reading “Memoirs of a Geisha” and watching the movie to feed this desire to learn more about these wonderful people.


This book tells the beginnings of Ci Xi, known here affectionately as Orchid. She doesn’t stop at nothing to protect herself and later her son, and even if some of her decisions are questionable you always understand why she acts the way she does, and you always want her to succeed.

Terutama setelah ayahnya dipecat Kaisar Tao Kang karena tidak mampu menahan emprexs petani yang putus asa karena kemarau panjang. As a student of Chinese language, literature, and history, I recommend reading Seagrave’s book first. Mudah-mudahan anak saya tidak semanja dan sekurang ajar Tung Chih. Yet, this book is not re-telling of a saintly figure surroned by people who do bad things while transfering the blame for such behavior on her, despite Orchid’s orchud desire to make her story do so.

It is from my ajchee. Yang menyedihkan adalah, belum tentu ketujuh istri dan selir itu bisa menghabiskan malam dengan Kaisar.