Empress Orchid has ratings and reviews. Aditi said: “A man who does not like power will suffer from its cruelty.” Shan SaAnchee Mi. 27 Feb Julia Lovell enjoys a fascinating peek into the intrigues of the Forbidden City in Anchee Min’s Empress Orchid. Houghton Mifflin’s Reader’s Guide for Empress Orchid by Anchee Min. Printer Friendly page available.

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I really wanted to love this book. The story of Empress Orchid should have been riveting.

The book does a good job of letting us into odchid world of obscene luxury and waste, the dullness of waiting, the fear of rejection, and undoubtedly Orchid was a remarkable woman who used the resources she had to save her own skin and do the best for her son in a treacherous Imperial court, but in the end I didn’t really care that much what happened to her and longed for the book to be over.

She is an admirably strong character, she is wise, smart and always willing to sacrifice her happiness for her country. As with everything else in her life, such as her effort to revive China, she failed, but her struggle was heroic. View all 4 comments.

You know, the kind of things you can’t avoid. She sees emperss to be a orchud good leader, education must be a balance of the glories of history, the harshness of reality coupled with the tools of reasoning. The second type of historical fiction doesn’t function this way. I’ve always been a fan of Oriental historical fiction, since they are so much rich with beauty, so many elements and oriental flavor that is riveting to read about.

A She was considered smpress enemy of the human race. Tarik-menarik kepentingan tergambar juga dengan jelas disini. The impression that I got through this research was that she was portrayed in a negative light as a very shrewd strategist.


Out of a class of 30 students or soI was one of three Caucasian children. I found it distracting and not conducive to the plot epmress all.

Second, as other goodreads reviewers noted, this book is extremely rushed, with each chapter picking up a few years after the previous one and starting with the next significant event on the timeline.

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Betty Jane I definitely think she cared. Min also seems to want to move beyond the evil woman syndrome. Foreign powers are beginning to invade China, demanding that the emperor grants them the right to establish trade and port. Would you describe how it happened? I was intrigued by this book, due to the fascinating Chinese culture I know nothing of.

Empress Orchid

Did similar experiences inform Empress Orchid? Dan seorang pemimpin sejati harus mengakomodasi dan mengambil keputusan yang sulit. But Gong was basically a weak child and was plagued by depression in his twenties. With an eight country coalition against China, it is hardly surprising that she lost her battle.

The Forbidden City is a place of emmpress and intr 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.

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Trivia About The Last Empress The first two hundred pages especially were difficult emprese put down. At this point, I should let you know that I know very little about Chinese history so I cannot judge this book on its historical accuracy The first grown-up movie a movie with subtitles, adult themes, and not based on a comic book or video game I ever saw was The Last Emperor.

She kept China in one piece until she died.

Her era was that of the Opium Wars and the Taiping Rebellion and she played a pivotal part in Chinese history. Discover what to read next. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.


Orchid gets a chance to better her life when Emperor Hsien Feng issues a decree stating that he is looking for “future mates”. The sweeping generalities were not useful – for instance, she decides that Emperor Tung Chih should not be exposed to western education, then immediately says that this was one of her greatest mistakes ever – hard to believe, in that he did not live much longer.

All these are true accounts actually, it’s just the portrayal that I think is exaggerated. Willow istri Yung Lu memberitahu saat kondisi Yung Lu memburuk, terserang stroke dan tak lagi dapat bicara.

No one survives in a snake pit like the Qing court just like that! Pantang menyerah dan dengan dukungan kasim setianya An-te-hai, Anggrek akhirnya berhasil memikat Kaisar dan menjadi selir kesayangannya.

I mention this, because I enjoyed The Last Empress. China is a neighbour 3. They came to China under some pretext or another and when there was no reason for them to be there, they refused to leave. Books hold up women as negative examples, such as Madame Mao and Empress Orchid. Most of the rest were Hawaiian, Japanese, or Chinese. I liked the details of the court life, and the relationship of the mother and son was well done. China, which had always been resistant to change, was powerless as Japan took over parts of her provinces, while France and Russia turned a blind eye.

She is, by Orchid’s account a woman of leisure who is petty and resorts to Empress Orchid was one of those books which left me in the state of oblivion.

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