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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Now I already know that the Chinese were fanatical about their women being virgin, and Min in fact describes the process where Orchid is examined krchid virginity. I sincerely believe my early interactions with so many varied cultures and races is what kept me from being too much of a bigot and a racist being raised in a fundamentalist evangelical culture tends to make a person that way.

At the same time Orchid born in to poverty came to the Forbidden City to be one of the emperor’s seven wives. This website uses cookies to improve user experience. As the emperor approaches death, Cixi has to fight to avoid being orxhid with her husband, is hurled at a pillar by an enemy eunuch, and narrowly escapes assassination.

The writing style of the author is really articulate and laced with enough emotions that will move the readers deeply. Also the punishments were very severe – in some cases for the most trivial of things!

Once again, luck plays in favor of Orchid, when she bears the Emperor a son, but sadly the Emperor’s failing health orchod a toll on him and takes him away too soon from his dear ones as well as from his Empire.

Whilst in History, she’s portrayed as ruthless and power hungry, in this book we see her as a relatively normal empresa, struggling with the customs of the Forbidden City. Orchid trains herself in the art of pleasuring a man, bribes her way into the royal bed, and seduces the monarch, drawing the attention of dangerous foes.

Empress Orchid

The Ch’ing Dynasty in has lost its vitality, and the court has become an insular, xenophobic place. 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. And after that, of course, the writings by Pearl Buck, especially her Imperial Woman.


Tapi kebahagiaan Anggrek akan perhatian Kaisar yang kembali tidak bertahan lama. With the death of the Emperor comes a palace coup that ultimately thrusts Orchid into power, although only as regent until her son’s maturity.

It was just confusing. Zapravo mi se nije svidjela kineska kultura i obicaji jer su zene stavljane u zadnji red zapravo koja je razlika u to doba bila u drugim kulturama? Yes, people are out to get her.

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. Anggrek dulu hanyalah gadis berumur 17 tahun dari klan Yehonala, salah satu klan penguasa Manchu di Cina. 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.

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. What is there in a name?

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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. 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. Its exotic setting and fascinating subject matter makes it compelling reading. I will buy and read “The Last Empress” next that continues this story.

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I enjoyed the authors wording of the environment that the Empress lived in. She describes how she bribed her way into the Emperor’s bedchamber. However, after the birth of his son Emperor Hsien Feng begins to lose interest in Orchid. Get to Know Us. However, I understand that a written history can also be biased, inaccurate, or one-sided sounds like Dragon Lady: Although Min’s book about the last empress of China, which is a fictional story yet based on the real life account of the Empress, is really well layered with custom, culture and culture of the 19th century China, yet somewhere the central character, Empress Orchid, on whim this book is based on, is not at all well developed, rather, she lacks depth.


I found Min’s writing compelling and the descriptions of palaces, dresses and events very colourful making the subject fascinating and different.

English Choose a language for shopping. Customers amchee bought this item also bought. Like that best-selling historical novel, the heroine of Empress Orchid comes down to us with a diabolical reputation — a woman who seized power through sexual seduction, murder, and endless intrigue. A Novel on your Kindle in under a minute. Within the walls empreas the Forbidden City the consequences of a misstep are deadly.

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Chosen from among thousands of young women as the emperor’s fourth concubine, Orchid discovers that palace life is oppressively dull.

Orrchid Anggrek harus melawan kebutuhannya akan keintiman, karena statusnya sebagai janda Kaisar tidak mengizinkannya memiliki hubungan apapun dengan lelaki. A few short decades earlier, China lost the Opium Wars, and it has done little since to strengthen its defenses or improve diplomatic ties. There are sometimes several ejpress versions of a single incident involving Empress Orchid, and many sources are false or inaccurate.

The ancher continues in The Last Empress http: 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 spot on that I would like it.

A similar complaint was the same issue but with plot points. As Su Shun had previously expected to gain more power from the death of Hsien Feng without Orchid’s interference, tensions between the two increase. Mim Thousands of Digital Comics. Edmund Backhouse and J. 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!!

What interested me most? Saya bahkan tergoda memutar Waiting in Vain saat membaca bagian ini.

From the publisher’s website: I may well read the follow-up to this at some point, to read about her later life. A Dictionary of Maqiao.