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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Talk about story arc: Mainly as I have so many books to read. I resorted to reading “Memoirs of a Geisha” and watching the movie to feed this desire to learn more about these wonderful people.


To ask the reader to believe that an uneducated female was able to “pick up” enough formal literary Chinese to be able to read court documents is stretching history way too orchld. Beyond the palace walls, meanwhile, China is being torn apart by western invaders and domestic rebellion. Later on within the story, Orchid becomes pregnant.

Addicting but lacking in substance. I liked the details of the court life, and the relationship of the mother and son was well done. So it should be no surprise that the first Anchee Min book I pick up is this one. The emperor becomes orchidd as political situations in China worsen. Tapi Anggrek tidak mencapai posisi itu dengan mudah. What is there in a name? Out imn a class of 30 students or soI was one of three Caucasian children.

And what on earth was that ending? A Details are extremely important to me.

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See 1 question about Empress Orchid…. Open Preview See a Problem? In addition to these powerful distractions, she has to discipline her overindulged son, outmaneuver the ruthless politician Su Shun who wants her buried alive when the emperor dies and advise the ailing emperor how to fend off both the Boxers and the Western “barbarians.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. The author, Amchee Min, was born in Shanghai and came of age in China during the Cultural Revolution, and still visits there regularly. Retrieved from ” https: Western fascination with Cixi springs from the west’s fascination with itself: Paperbackpages. Terutama setelah ayahnya dipecat Kaisar Tao Kang karena tidak mampu menahan pemberontakan petani yang putus asa karena kemarau panjang.


Elevated to the rank of Empress, she still must struggle to maintain her position and the right to raise her own child. Cixi, the last empress of China from tois one of those historical figures people love to be nasty about. Pred nju su stavljene mnoge prepreke ali svojom upornoscu ih uspije zaobici kako bi popravila situaciju u kojoj se Kina nasla, te ostavila stabilnost u naslijede svome sinu za kojega vec sad pretpostavlja da ce biti los car kao i njegov otac.

Empress Orchid

As one of hundreds of women vying for the attention of the Emperor, Orchid soon discovers that she must take matters into her own hands. Passion, at least its expression, seems to be a western privilege and ideal, and Orchid’s world consists of much more calculation and precision. The first two hundred pages especially were difficult to jin down. I don’t think I’ve ever read one set in China, and I know absolutely nothing about Chinese history and culture, so everything about this story was new and unexpected to me.

View Full Version of PW. Pages to import images to Wikidata. 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.

Oct 21, Natasa rated it it was amazing Shelves: Harga dari keberhasilannya bertahan adalah sederetan pengorbanan pribadi serta penderitaan. She is, by Orchid’s account a woman miin leisure who is petty and resorts to dirty tactics in a fit of jealousy. In this type, the central malgined figure is really a good guy or tragic woman who got the bum rap.

This stops Orchid from becoming a milk sop or a door mat. Instead, the inner circle has turned further inward, naively confident that its troubles are past and the glory of China will keep the “barbarians” — the outsiders — at bay. I really enjoyed the slow transformation Orchid makes from naive anche to Empress.


Sebagai anak sulung, Anggrek akan melakukan segala cara untuk melindungi keluarganya, termasuk menikahi sepupunya yang terbelakang. Merasa dirinya memenuhi syarat, Anggrek pun mengumpulkan keberaniannya dan menghadap Kantor Pemerintah. You are commenting using your Twitter account. Lists with This Book. Julia Lovell, The Guardian 28 February When the Emperor dies, and names Orchid’s son a The book follows the story of Tzu Hsi known as Orchid who enters the Forbidden Hy as one of the Emperors concubines at the age of seventeen.

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The author, like all emprexs of historical and biographical fiction combines facts and mixes it with fiction. Orchid is eligible because she is Manchu and that her father was the rank of “Blue Bannerman”. Empress Orchid does for 19th-century China what Becoming Madame Mao did for the People’s Republic and stands a good chance of matching the latter’s success.

Hsien Feng disintegrates under the nervous strain, forcing Cixi to educate herself in government. Nevertheless, “Empress Orchid” has great moments. Using her sexuality and keen intelligence she manages to position herself as his unofficial secretary to the king and produces an heir miin securing her future. 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.

I constantly checked out non-fiction books on the subject – but always was disappointed at how little information those children’s non-fiction books had. This too gets the reader to think and even gets the reader to read actual history. Her journey is enduring, but she is the one who fails to connect the readers with her heart breaking journey.