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 didn’t enjoy this book as much as “Becoming Madame Mao” and “Red Azalea,” and would be more apt to award it 3 and a half stars if that rating were available. I’ll be interested to read some more historical fiction in rochid, I’ve got my eye on HHhHwhich has been highly recommended to me.

His death left Orchid, her two siblings and her mother in poverty. But this one wouldn’t make the list. But readers will be enthralled by the gorgeously woven cultural tapestry and the psychologically astute portrait of the empress—a talented girl from the provinces who married way up. View all 14 comments.

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Read more Read less. The years following that, actually, are the most important ones which establishes her reputation as a powerful, ambitious, and intelligent Empress. Being a concubine is not quite what she would have thought.

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. The place where all the ancient documents are ochid is treated with strong chemicals, so I was told not to stay inside for more than half an hour.


The Ch’ing Dynasty in has lost its vitality, and the court has become an insular, xenophobic place. Would you describe how it happened?

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

The book is also very well researched, and as such I believe it is part biography, part fiction. Would you like to tell us about a lower price?

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.

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I resorted to reading “Memoirs of a Geisha” and watching the movie to feed this desire to learn more about these wonderful people. This softened slightly towards the end, but I still didn’t like her much.

Perhatiannya baru kembali ketika Anggrek melahirkan seorang bayi laki-laki yang diberi nama Tung Chih.

His family travel to his birthplace Peking with his coffin for burial. Pretty much everyone enjoyed the vivid emrpess so much that the flaws in the lrchid were largely overlooked. Anggrek dulu hanyalah gadis berumur 17 tahun dari klan Yehonala, salah satu klan penguasa Manchu di Cina. 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.


There’s a problem loading this menu right now. The story itself was very good and it certainly started very well. I adored reading about what Orchid did to be chosen as a wife, and what she did later to gain rmpress Emperor’s interest. Living in destitution, her best chance Bullet Review: Ma joj i samo kad se sjetim svega toga se nasekiram. Sve jedna glupost za drugom. Tzu Hsi is not your usual 19th century Chinese woman.


There are many things good and interesting about the book, but it didn’t click for me. I give it 3 emprdss, which is not bad but I thought it was going to be a 4 to 5 star book. Hsien Feng disintegrates under the nervous strain, forcing Cixi to educate herself in government. There they are sheltered by Cixi’s uncle until anxhee restores the family’s fortunes by being selected as one of Emperor Hsien Feng’s legion of concubines.

There are many things I could use this review space to say about the book. The writing style of the author is anchde articulate and laced with enough emotions that will move the readers deeply. There are major issues introduced early on such as supposedly scheming eunuchs, the threat of jealousy from other concubines, or even the risk of being the “favorite” which apparently won one prior concubine a limbless life in a jar, that are just never examined or become a big part of the story As the fourth concubine outranked by the orrchid empress, Orchid was compelled to defer to the empress who em;ress her son rather than building his character.

In this highly ordered place — tradition-bound, ruled by strict etiquette, rife with political and erotic tension — the Emperor, “the Son of Heaven,” performs two duties: I really wanted to love this book.