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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Terutama setelah ayahnya dipecat Kaisar Tao Kang karena tidak mampu menahan pemberontakan petani yang putus asa karena kemarau panjang. I’ll certainly be doing a bit of research into the Dowager Empress regardless.

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. This may be due to the author’s distance from the material, as she is a survivor of the Cultural Revolution and obviously more in tune with the trials of that time. As a ancgee, the close focus on the narrative voice of Cixi gets lost, and the gentle, often quite lyrical prose of the first book becomes hard and business-like; clearly, Min chooses a different voice for her protagonist because her protagonist has grown up, assumed power and is holding her own as a woman in the intensely masculine context of a beleagurerd Manchu Court.

A large complaint of the novel minn that the author seemed to lose track of characters namely the Empress Dowager, Orchid’s mother-in-law, or her sister, as examples. Share empresss thoughts with other customers.


The author’s research is spot on, since the story delves deeper with accurate details about that era’s feel. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life.

This was really good. But the tide of opinion now seems to be turning for the last empress. May 26, Lisa Harmonybites rated it liked it Recommends it for: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Dalam pertemuannya orchld Kaisar Hsien Feng, Anggrek membuat sang Kaisar tertarik dengan kegugupan dan senyum rahasianya. Or rather, I have no idea whether I shall master Mandarin, but I am giving it a go, and am enjoying this very much too.


Orchid is practical, frustrated, forthright, smart, and imperfect — and I identified with her as a reader because of that. Being able to read Chinese, Min was able to extensively research her period using primary sources. I was riveted from the first page and emoress the first half or so of the book describing life in the palaces of the Forbidden City, and Min writes with a solid style, but I thought it later devolved into a romance novel.

Emprews gives birth to the Emperor’s first male heir Tung Chih amidst nationwide celebration. She has since published six novels, including Pearl of China and the forthc Anchee Min was born in Shanghai in Anggrek dulu hanyalah gadis berumur 17 tahun dari klan Yehonala, salah satu klan peng Drama cinta dan kekuasaan selir muda Kaisar Hsien Feng Amazon Music Stream millions of songs.

Su Shun is named as the head of the Board empeess Regents. A Well, I had to get my hands on the facts, but no official in Beijing would risk his career to open the door for me.

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There is nothing I can do about this. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. The impression that I got through this research was that she was portrayed in a negative light as a very shrewd strategist.

Strasno me zivcirala pasivnost cara, nezainteresiranost i opcenito nacin na koji je zivio svoj zivot. I really wanted to love this book. In this mim, the central malgined figure is really a good guy or tragic woman who got the bum rap. Regardless of the heavy descriptive language that explains China’s customs, history at the time, morals and principles one can learn a lot reading this book. Richly detailed and completely gripping, Empress Orchid is a novel of high drama and lyricism and the first volume of a trilogy about the life of one of the most important women in history.

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Other books in the series. Jul 31, LibraryCin rated it really liked it Shelves: The book follows the story of Tzu Hsi known as Orchid who enters the Forbidden City as one of the Emperors concubines at ejpress age of seventeen. She seems to be such an interesting, strong woman.


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I always found the plot engaging and interesting. Kaisar Hsien Feng akhirnya meninggal dunia pada umurnya yang begitu muda karena penyakit dan stress, tiga puluh tahun, meninggalkan permaisuri dan selir-selirnya. Saya tak bisa membayangkan bahwa buang air besar pun mereka tidak boleh sendirian, karena harus ada yang menemani dan melayani.

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Indah, menawan, dan penuh intrik. I saw the historical movie, “55 days at Peking” and that movie was also about this Empress and the Boxer rebellion.

Notify me of new comments via email. Even more unbelievably, after an incident where Orchid complains that she is so well attended that she cannot go to the bathroom in private, we are asked to believe that she successfully sneaked out of the palace, went home, and went to a whorehouse to learn the arts of pleasing a man for the Emperor.

Min, thankfully for her and this review, writers the first kind, the better, historical fiction. It was a pleasant novel, and I would like to believe it, but a few incidents just stick in my craw, causing me to take the whole thing with a grain of salt. His death left Orchid, her two siblings and her mother in poverty. The young emperor Hsien Feng had neither the temperament nor the training to lead his country. I read the Empress’s original decrees or copies of decrees, I can’t be sure.

A Novel on your Kindle in under a minute. Buy the selected items together This item: 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!!