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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Another reason I liked the story was its main character. Regardless, the book depicts a fascinating time in Chinese history. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it empres, give it a second life. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Share your thoughts with other customers. It sort of fell short of those expectations though. But beneath its immaculate facade lie whispers of murders and ghosts, and the thousands of concubines will stoop to any lengths to bear the Emperor’s son.

Elle a stirring, exotic novel that is a treat for the senses and intellect alike. The first grown-up movie a movie with subtitles, adult themes, and not based on a comic book or video game I ever saw was The Last Emperor.


Post was not sent – check your email mi The Star Tribune renders a beautiful description of a world where ritual is elaborately detailed The Denver Post keeps you riveted with heart-wrenching scenes of desperate failure and a sensuality that rises off its heated pages. I will buy and read orcyid Last Empress” next that continues this story. Orchid is presented as a lustful lady, indeed, but more neglected in this way than exploited.

Politik adalah dunia yang dianggap tabu bagi wanita, tapi Anggrek dengan kecerdasannya berhasil menutupi kepandaiannya hingga saatnya muncul. Min, thankfully for her and this review, writers the first kind, the better, historical fiction. This too gets the reader to think and even gets the reader to read actual history. Start reading Empress Orchid: I will read the sequel and other books I can find by the author. I am not a history novel read but when I entered a book club that suggested reading this one I chose to give it a try.


China’s Long March to the Twenty-first Century. A Dictionary of Maqiao. In a way, this first book offers Anchee Min the perfect showcase for her formidable narrative talents: The dangers Orchid has to face, and even most of the royal traditions, are almost unbelievable. Her era was that of the Opium Wars and the Taiping Rebellion and she played a pivotal part in Chinese history.

ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: 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! A friendship begins to form between the two, and she appoints him as her first attendant. Right now, China might have fewer cars, fridges and washing machines per capita than Britain, but history is one thing it isn’t short of.

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Imperial China, deeply rooted in ritual and tradition, comes alive in Min’s novel about the last Empress of China, Tzu Hsi. 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 orrchid own humanity.

If you want to read a book of pretty girl does good and gets rich, troubled Prince into bed, but in the Forbidden City instead of generic Europe, then give it a go.

Critic’s Choice People Magazine nervously riveting and oddly beautiful.

I liked learning about the imperial court life by learning about the culture and the politics. I therefore trusted her depiction of late Ching dynasty China is fairly accurate.

One person found this helpful. To ask other readers questions about Empress Orchidplease sign up. Retrieved from ” https: I would have read adult non-fiction, but the word “adult” at the time scared me into thinking that it was “dirty” and “inappropriate” – ah the life of a fundamentalist evangelical!! Of all his wives and concubines, Orchid was the only one to produce a male heir giving her privileges. This was our first pick selection process is made by everyone putting a choice into a hat and then one being picked out.


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.

I 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 really wanted to love this book.

Anggrek dulu hanyalah gadis berumur 17 tahun dari klan Yehonala, salah satu klan penguasa Manchu di Cina. It is written in first person and is a sympathetic account of the life of Empress Dowager Cixi – from her humble beginnings to her rise as the Empress Dowager. When Cixi re-enters the Forbidden City, not just her emotional landscape,but her physical environment has changed dramatically, and Min uses the burning of the Summer Palace and the Flight to Jehol as a hinge around which the narrative turns.

At times her writing is textbook-flat, and she sometimes loses track of her teeming cast of characters for example, Orchid’s dangerous mother-in-law and mentally ill sister. If Orchid is sent home, rather than being kept in the palace after being formally declared a virgin, she could lose that virginity and even conceive a child that was not the Emperor’s. It’s a novel, but it’s not a historical novel.

The story of Empress Orchid should empresz been riveting. Siapa sangka, tidak hanya dia berhasil menjadi selir kesayangan, tapi juga menjadi satu-satu nya yang mampu melahirkan anak laki-laki, Tung Chih, yang menjadi putra mahkota.

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Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Perhatiannya baru kembali ketika Anggrek melahirkan seorang bayi laki-laki yang diberi nama Tung Chih. Hsien Feng disintegrates under the nervous strain, forcing Cixi to educate herself in government.