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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At this point, the book took a turn for the worse. Through her persistence and cunning, Orchid rises from her humble beginnings to be one of the Emperor’s wives, to give birth his only male child, and to stay alive amongst the back-stabbing Inner Court.

It was just confusing.

My feelings towards the characters changed somewhat throughout the book. From the publisher’s website: View all 3 comments. Her era was that of the Opium Wars and the Taiping Rebellion and she played a pivotal part in Chinese history. There are many things good and interesting about the book, but it didn’t click fo So my friend set up a book group at the end of last year and I’m now part of a real-world, actual in-person book group – rather than various online ones that I’ve tried and found unsatisfying.

Aku berjalan ke meja rias, dan melihat kecantikan tiada tara.

I liked learning about the imperial court life by learning about the culture and the politics. Over time she seduces the Emperor and bears his son, which means an immediate rise in rank to 2nd Empress 1st Empress is Nuharoo. Politik adalah dunia yang dianggap tabu bagi wanita, tapi Anggrek dengan kecerdasannya berhasil menutupi kepandaiannya hingga saatnya muncul.

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It was a story of a poor girl fallen from high background who managed to wiggle her way into the Forbidden City as a chosen Empress wife to the Emperor coz she was pretty and had spunk. Sep 03, Elizabeth rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Beruntung, dia diloloskan dan menjalani pemeriksaan ketat untuk menjadi istri. Why is that the authors of historical fiction are afraid to show their heroes as scheming, cunning, ruthless people they were, and end up excusing and sanitizing them?


Jul 10, Nicole rated it really liked it Shelves: Ever since that early childhood, I have been fascinated with the Chinese and Japanese cultures. Soon after her death, Byy Blackhouse, a charlatan foreign correspondent, forged Chinese court documents portraying her as a psychopathic nymphomaniac; ever since, Cixi’s many western biographers have gleefully wallowed in allegations of her badness: But this one smpress make the list.

What little I know of Cixi Orchid suggests she was a formidable and ruthless znchee, and not a terribly likable person. This type of historical fiction is like candy corn. Orchid anchde an admirable woman. It is as a minor concubine that the beautiful Orchif Hsi, known as Orchid as a girl, enters the Forbidden City at the age of seventeen.

However, the story overall didn’t do a lot for me which is why it’s merely ‘ok’. I went through documents not only in the Forbidden City, but also medical, accounting, and police records.

The author, like all writers of historical and biographical …more It’s historical fiction, so of course it wouldn’t be written by the Empress herself. Waktu penantian digambarkan anchee pembaca ikut tersiksa. The story of Empress Orchid should have been riveting.

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Toward the end, the book depicted Orchid’s lack of control in the decisions surrounding her son. I enjoy rags to riches stories, but this one comes at a cost. Books of the Week. The author, Amchee Min, was born in Shanghai and came of age in China during the Cultural Revolution, and still visits there regularly. I didn’t enjoy this book as much as “Becoming Madame Mao” and “Red Azalea,” and would be more apt to award it 3 and a half stars if that rating were available. At this point, I should let you know that I know very little about Chinese history so I cannot judge this book on its historical accuracy though I have a biography of the women in question waiting in TBR stack.

I feel rather ashamed; I enjoyed this book heartily, devouring the last 50 – pages eagerly, and yet I really had almost no desire to review it.


I don’t know how she was in real life, and I know this is quite a sympathetic portrayal of her; but still, as a character I really liked her. Tak jarang dia membuat Anggrek frustasi dengan kesombongannya, ketidaksensitifannya, dan kepengecutannya.

His family travel to his birthplace Peking with his coffin for burial. May 26, Lisa Harmonybites rated it liked it Recommends it for: For example, Orchid’s ‘rival’, Nuharoo, is often depicted as childlike and less intelligent.

I therefore trusted her depiction of late Ching dynasty China is fairly accurate. Wouldn’t it have made a more fascinating story to construe how Orchid was able to hold onto power so long in spite of being illiterate?

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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. The Forbidden City is a place of danger and intrigue, and Min works to build tension and suspense in Orchid’s early life as one smpress seven wives to the Emperor.

It made me appreciate it more, and realize what a great loss the country suffered when Communism eventually made its This book intrigued me because of the summary I read on the inside flap, how this person seduced the emperor. Kaisar pun dengan ringan meloloskan dirinya sebagai salah satu dari tujuh istri resmi Kaisar. I picked it up on a whim as I was looking for a different book on the shelves of my library and my intuition was I enjoyed this story.

At the emperor’s death inOrchid through the power of seduction and murder e,press with her diplomatic and manipulative skills took control of the court and became the ruler. If the novel is about a tragic event, the overwhelming scope is impossible to ignore and the reader leaves the book thinking. His death left Orchid, her two siblings and her mother in poverty.

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