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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And then this is how she used her spunk and prettiness to become a favourite of the Emperor. Anyone who read only popular books about China published in English could reasonably assume the Middle Kingdom barely had any history before westerners arrived en masse in the 19th century.

The Mountebank’s Mistress celebrating all matters Renaissance. Julia Lovell, The Guardian 28 February Within the walls of the Forbidden City the consequences of a misstep are deadly. Selain saya menjadi tahu sedikit lebih banyak tentang Sejarah Dinasti Chi’ing Qingsaya juga belajar bagaimana kehidupan istri-istri yang berbagi suami, susahnya mendidik anak yang manja, sampai bagaimana membangun ‘karier’ dengan mempertahankan orang-orang yang terpercaya dan memiliki kapabilitas tinggi di bidang masing-masing.

Ever since that early childhood, I have been fascinated with the Chinese and Japanese cultures. Anggrek mendapatkan segalanya, tetapi juga kehilangan segalanya.

Other books in the series. This type of historical fiction is like candy corn.


I think she captures an essence of Orchid that only a Chinese woman can. It sort of fell short of those expectations though.


I’m not sure if I’d just rather read a non-fiction book about the person, or subject, rather than a fictionalised work. I’ll be interested to read some more historical fiction in future, I’ve got my eye on HHhHwhich has been highly recommended to me.

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I doubt Cixi was this goody-goody girl in her youth; I don’t want to say she must have been evil or anything of the sort, but she must have been cleverer and more entertaining than that. Ma joj i samo kad se sjetim svega toga se nasekiram.

Imperial China, deeply rooted in ritual and tradition, comes alive in Min’s novel about the last Empress of China, Tzu Hsi. While she doesn’t use the phrase “resuce her reputation from history”, it does seem to a degree that Min is trying to do so.

I have been pummeled with that period from my three years of taking American History and how even World History seems more focused on America and Western Europe than any other part of the Globe. Little does she know that China will collapse around her, and that she will be its last Empress. The emperor becomes ill as political situations in China worsen. There were some dry sections, along with a lot of narration and not so much action, but I still enjoyed this heartily.

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In this type, the central malgined figure is really a good guy or tragic woman who got the bum rap. Politik adalah dunia yang dianggap tabu bagi wanita, tapi Anggrek dengan kecerdasannya berhasil menutupi kepandaiannya hingga saatnya muncul. Once again, luck plays in favor of Orchid, when orchod bears the Emperor a son, but sadly the Emperor’s failing health takes a toll on him and takes him away too soon from his dear ones as well as from his Empire.



The first two hundred pages especially were difficult to put down. Nuharoo is pronounced Empress, ranking her first out of the 7 Imperial consorts.

This is a fictionalized account of Empress Tsu His known as Orchid who was the power behind the throne of the Ch’ing Dynasty in the 19th century. Want to Read saving…. I can’t say exactly whether this book is a work of fiction or a biography.

Review: Empress Orchid by Anchee Min | Books | The Guardian

Those Interested in Chinese History. The Last Empress is every bit as good as Empress Orchid as a piece of writing, orhcid is just that I enjoyed the emprees book in the series more. The driving force that carries the story is, of course, Orchid herself. 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.

Living in destitution, her best chance for a good life is to compete against hundreds of other young Manchu ladies to be one of Emperor Hsien’s concubines – and maybe one of the lucky 7 to be his wife.

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