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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All these are true accounts actually, it’s just the portrayal that I think is exaggerated.

A few incidents empres are just outrageous make me doubt the entire sequence. The Life and Legend of the Last Empress of China might be an example and often historical information is very much ‘who knows?

It takes the maligned character and makes her such characters in this second type are pre-dominately females a saintly figure.

Withoutabox Submit to Orcyid Festivals. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. It appears she did her research, even reading primary sources and documents. Both types of historical fiction have several things in common and are, for lack of a better term, revisionist.

Addicting but lacking in substance. In fact, no one was disappointed that the book wasn’t more erotic, for example, because everyone enjoyed the wit presented much more after all, isn’t it far more impressive that Orchid won her position with her brain rather than her body?

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Min creates a conflicted and charged character without twisting her orchhid Western ideals or subjecting her to a 21st century makeover. Could have been a great book!

Western fascination with Cixi springs from the west’s fascination with itself: To put it simply, the book wasn’t impactful at all and simply forgettable. I could talk about the fascinating characters, from Orchid, a woman who is actually time-period appropriate and yet every bit the independent “spunky” woman nearly every Historical Fiction novel promises, to An-Te-Hai, her eununch, to Tung Chih, her son.


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. This was a lot of fun to read. When Cixi re-enters the Forbidden City, not just her emotional landscape,but her physical environment miin changed dramatically, and Min uses the burning of the Summer Palace and the Flight to Jehol as a hinge around which the narrative turns.

Elle a stirring, exotic novel that is a treat for the senses and intellect alike. Over time she seduces the Emperor and bears his son, which means an immediate rise in rank to 2nd Empress 1st Empress is Nuharoo.

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The author, like all writers of historical and biographical …more It’s historical fiction, so of course it wouldn’t be written empresss the Empress herself. Passion, at least its expression, seems to be a western privilege and ideal, and Orchid’s world consists of much more calculation and precision.

My feelings towards the characters changed somewhat throughout the book. Our book club read this as our 54th selection. I just don’t think this author did her research fully on this novel, given what I already know about ancient China. She wins the emperor with her wit, not her wiles, but I digress.

Pantang menyerah dan dengan dukungan kasim setianya An-te-hai, Anggrek akhirnya berhasil memikat Kaisar dan menjadi selir kesayangannya. Every book club member was memorized by the vista, the palaces, and the minute discussions of tedious and centuries-old traditions. Its exotic setting and fascinating subject matter makes it compelling reading.


Empress Orchid (Empress Orchid, #1) by Anchee Min

Whilst in History, she’s portrayed as ruthless and power hungry, in this book we see her as a relatively normal women, struggling with the customs of the Forbidden City.

Preview — Empress Orchid by Anchee Min. Min, at least for me, brings to life the Forbidden City. Min presents a sympathetic portrait of a woman that contemporary Chinese texts described as “a mastermind of pure evil and intrigue.

In this first book we see her life as a young and poor Manchu girl, and how she decides to compete to become one of the Emperor’s wives. Early Modern Medicine A blog about bodies and medicine c. Drama cinta dan kekuasaan selir muda Kaisar Hsien Feng 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 mim sensuality that rises off its heated pages.

To ask other readers questions about Empress Orchidplease sign up. A Novel on your Kindle in under a minute. The book itself is reader friendly, though at first glance it appears dense. Books of the Week. Aku berputar mengamati perlengkan emoress, panel-panel mozaiknya yang penuh dengan batu mulia dan hasil panen yang berlimpah. I doubt Cixi was orchkd goody-goody girl in her youth; I don’t want to say she must have been evil or anything of the sort, but orvhid must have been cleverer and more entertaining than that.

The dialogues are enchanting and realistic enough to let the readers relate t the characters’ voices and emprese.