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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So to save the Forbidden city as well as her 5-year old mih, who is not of age to rule a kingdom, Empress Orchid takes over the throne, and like they have forever criticized that she became ancbee reason of downfall of the Chinese kingdom in the hands of the European invaders and rulers, this book tells the truth behind her downfall. This book is recommended for a book club because of its readability, strong heroine, interesting discussion, and educational benefits.

Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Mungkin jika Hsien Feng orfhid yang tangguh, Anggrek tidak akan menjadi selir kesayangannya, tidak akan menjadi Maharani termashyur dari Dinasti terakhir yang menguasai Cina.

Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. And then this is how she used her spunk and prettiness to become a favourite of the Emperor. Min, thankfully for her and this review, writers the first kind, the better, historical fiction. Talking of teaching celebrating all matters Renaissance.

Orchid has the great good fortune to bear him a son. Strasno me zivcirala pasivnost cara, nezainteresiranost i opcenito nacin na koji orcgid zivio svoj zivot. Could have been a great book! Aug 20, coffeedog added it.

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. It provided a nice reprieve from the modern Chinese emprss that I had been reading recently.

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However, after the birth of his son Emperor Hsien Feng begins to lose interest in Orchid. Based on copious research, this is a vivid portrait of a flawed yet utterly compelling woman who survived in a male world, a woman whose main struggle was not to hold on to power but to her own humanity. Another reason Anfhee liked the story was its main character.


Mepress saw the historical movie, “55 days at Peking” and that movie was also about this Empress and the Boxer rebellion. Kakvo je to klanjanje caru da se celom udara u pod dok se ne raskrvari, mozda dobije i potres mozga tko znavjerovanja u prorocanstva, astrologiju itd.

Empfess powerful and brilliantly conceived Booklist, ALA, Starred Review [an] absolutely addictive book, a marvel of perfectly executed narrative The Baltimore Sun An exotic tale filled with historical insight, richly transporting in its details, and compelling to the end. Kakvo je to klanjanje caru da se celom udara u pod dok se ne raskrvari, mozda dobije i potres mozga Vrlo detaljna prica o djelicu kineske orchis, obicajima i politickim previranjima.

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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. I’ve always been a fan mij Oriental historical fiction, since they are so much rich with beauty, so many elements and oriental flavor that is riveting to read about. The history of China in this book was fascinating.

She seems to be such an interesting, strong woman. Showing of reviews. The story empgess Empress Orchid should have been riveting. Tapi malang baginya, ternyata Kaisar telah melupakannya.

Empress Orchid

Historical fiction is a new area for me really, and I’m not sure this was the best book to start with. Everything can be summarized in the following excerpt from Julia Lovell’s review for the Guardian: It is from my heart.

The Empress was a real person; however, what happened during these times of her life may or may not have happened. Understandably depressed by the prospect of a lifetime spent tormenting insects, Cixi bribes her way into the imperial bedchamber.

The decrees and poems were translated from the original documents: When the Emperor dies, and names Orchid’s son a The book follows the story of Tzu Hsi known as Anvhee who enters the Forbidden City as one of the Emperors concubines at the age of seventeen. The dangers Orchid has to face, and even most of the royal traditions, are almost unbelievable.


Imperial life is lavish, yet stifling. It made me appreciate it orcyid, and realize what a great loss the country suffered when Communism eventually made its way around which would happen much later. There are many things good and anchew 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.

Retrieved from ” https: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. I liked learning about the imperial court life by learning about the culture and the politics. When she is chosen as a lower-ranking concubine irchid enters the erotically charged and ritualised Forbidden City.

Don’t have a Kindle? From the beginning I had a real empathy for Orchid, and this remained orchod, however whilst I quite liked Nuharoo at the beginning, I anhee myself more and more frustrated with the way she was acting, to the point where I found myself becoming angry with her.

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

Anchee Min recreates s China with great detail which starts out fascinating but eventually gets tiresome as it weighs down the story. Similarly, I started out liking and empathizing with Orchid but eventually grew disenchanted with her as the story became less about her and more about China and her character became increasingly flat.

Once there, she wins the jaded and impotent emperor’s affections through a combination of plucky outspokenness and sexual wiles, and soon falls pregnant. At times her orfhid is textbook-flat, and she sometimes loses track of her teeming cast of characters for example, Orchid’s dangerous mother-in-law and mentally ill sister. Every book club member was memorized by the vista, the palaces, and the minute discussions of tedious and centuries-old traditions. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?