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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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.
It was frustrating to get snippets of long-forgotten characters, or to have the suggestion of emprexs role that is never played out.
Dialogue and narrative became increasingly pedantic as the novel’s focus shifted from Orchid’s personal struggles to the wars plaguing China at the time and Orchid’s increasingly active role in assisting the emperor. The emperor becomes ill as political situations in China worsen. Nuharoo is pronounced Empress, ranking her first out of the 7 Imperial consorts.
There orchic a total of oorchid Imperial consorts, and over concubines within the Forbidden Ocrhid. I’m always interested in new cultures and new time periods, so this was perfect for me. The author, like all writers of historical and biographical fiction combines facts and mixes it with fiction. Oct 21, Natasa rated it it was amazing Shelves: I also liked the emphasis on Manchu vs Chinese, because that is rarely hi-lighted and I hadn’t even heard of it before.
Words and phrases flow well. Historical fiction is a new area for me really, and I’m not sure this was the best book to start with. But over time her regrets pile up, and Min portrays this with great poignancy.
Min, at least for me, brings to life the Forbidden City. Min lets Orchid have control of her own story. Orchid knows that her new position does not guarantee her safety as she is still restricted by the actions of Su Shun.
I was riveted from the first page and through 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.
Considering Anchee Min grew up in China and, according to her author biography, learned her English from Sesame Street, the language is generally pretty competent, and sometimes even engaging: Sve jedna glupost za drugom. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Her first memoir, Red Azaleawas an international bestseller, published in twenty countries. Though, the Manchus had done that to the Chinese. Orchid has the great good fortune to bear him a son.
It has a wonderful deft touch and flow to it that makes it feel natural and thoughtful.
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Post was not sent – check your email addresses! The name of a person signifies rank, status and profession, but also says much about family and political alliances. See all reviews. Orchid, a young and whose beauty is compared to that of the orchid flower, finds herself orrchid up in the Imperial and royal court of the forbidden city, when a royal decree announces that the Emperor is looking for mistresses of pure blood, and since Orchid belonged from the Manchu community but mih a mediocre background, she luckily anchef chosen by the royal court and hereby commences her life in the palace, where mistresses plot against one another to win the trust of the Emperor by bearing him an heir.
The history of China in this book was fascinating. Passion, at least its expression, seems to be a western privilege and ideal, and Orchid’s world consists of much more calculation and precision.
Mij have read this book. I was choking on the fumes, but I was glad I stayed. A woman who just wants the best for the people and country she loves. The Last Empress is every bit as good as Empress Orchid as a piece of writing, it is just that I enjoyed the first book in the series more. Everything can be summarized in the following excerpt from Julia Lovell’s review for the Guardian: Q You did extensive research for Becoming Madame Mao and lived through the Cultural Revolution in China, which added a special intensity to your descriptions.
I loved Orchid; she’s the independent, strong-willed female protagonist we’re always promised and never get. Really thinking, adding those wrinkles to that brain. Waktu penantian digambarkan hingga pembaca ikut tersiksa. There are sometimes several contrasting versions of a single incident involving Empress Orchid, and many sources are false or inaccurate. Its exotic setting and fascinating subject matter makes it compelling reading.
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