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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Living in destitution, her best chance for a good life is to compete against hundreds of other young Manchu ladies to be one of Emperor Orcyid concubines – and maybe one of the lucky 7 to be his wife.

She is, by Orchid’s account a woman of leisure who is petty and resorts to dirty tactics in a fit of jealousy.

I believe there is a sequel, which I do hope to read as well. This was our first pick selection process is made by everyone putting a choice into a hat and then one being picked out. Read more Read less. Ci Xi has always been portrayed as a ruthless, evil woman with insatiable thirst for power and, in this book, she’s described as a simple and sensuous woman who wants the best for her husband, a mother who wants her son to have what’s rightfully his, and a I-don’t-know-what who wants the best for China.

Understandably depressed by the prospect of a lifetime spent tormenting insects, Cixi bribes her way into the imperial bedchamber. When Cixi re-enters the Forbidden City, not just her emotional landscape,but her physical environment has changed dramatically, and Min uses the burning of the Summer Palace and the Flight to Jehol as a hinge around which the narrative turns. She doesn’t stop at nothing to protect herself and later her son, and even if some of her decisions are questionable you always understand why she acts the way she does, and you always want her to succeed.

For that is the key to this book’s success. It was a pleasant novel, and I would like to believe it, but a few incidents just stick in my craw, causing me to take the whole thing with a grain of salt. But then, what kind of power was his? Customers who viewed this item also viewed.


Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: The young emperor Hsien Feng had neither the temperament nor the training to lead his country. Orchid trains herself in the art of pleasuring a man, bribes her way into the royal bed, and seduces the monarch, drawing the attention of dangerous foes.

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Her official title is Lady of the Greatest Virtue. Orchid is presented as a lustful lady, indeed, empdess more neglected in this way than exploited.

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The story is slow moving an easy read. I think she captures an essence of Orchid that only a Chinese woman can. I always found the plot engaging and interesting. The book follows the story of Tzu Hsi known as Orchid who enters the Forbidden City as one of the Emperors concubines at the age of seventeen.

I find Min portrays this, and am thankful for it, although it may make for less steamy, page-turning reading. A life of intrique in dramatic times, novelised by an author who lived through turbulent political times empreds. Anchee Min was born in Shanghai in View all 4 comments. She seems to be such an interesting, strong woman. It was a pleasant novel, but I am going to read others about this Empress, since I just can’t believe this one.

Orchid starts her story xnchee the death of her father moving quickly to her marriage to the Emperor of China.

Empress Orchid

As you begin to read the novel, it’s as readable as your average best seller. At the same time Orchid orchdi in to poverty came to the Forbidden City to be one of the emperor’s seven wives. The Best Books of Ditinggal mati ayahnya seorang mantan gubernur miskin, Anggrek dan keluarganya harus mencari cara untuk hidup di tengah kerasnya dunia.

Published April 11th by Mariner Books first published It was frustrating to get snippets of long-forgotten characters, or to have the suggestion of a role that is never played out.


English Choose a language for shopping. In fact, no one was disappointed that the book wasn’t more erotic, for example, because everyone enjoyed the orcuid presented much more after all, isn’t it far more impressive that Orchid won her position with her empess rather than her body?

Well, it turns out, rather a lot, and possibly in the context of late nineteenth-century China, even more than usual. At seventeen she was sent to a labor collective, where a talent scout for Madame Mao’s Shanghai Film Studio recruited her to work as a wmpress actress.

Those Interested in Chinese History. She is chosen as the Imperial consort of the fourth rank. When the Emperor dies, and names Orchid’s son as heir, the two Empresses take over as regents, and a battle for power ensues with Su Shun – the Emperor’s right-hand man. There is nothing I can do about this. Born into a declining gentry family inthe year-old Cixi travels to Beijing with her widowed mother, brother and sister.

Emprees Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Once received into the Forbidden City, however, she is ignored by the emperor – who, after all, has several thousand other consorts to occupy him.

I think my main problem orchkd this came not from it being historical fiction, but ogchid the way it was written. While she doesn’t use the phrase “resuce her reputation from history”, it does seem to a degree that Min is trying to do so. A large complaint of the novel was that the author seemed to mi track of characters namely the Empress Dowager, Orchid’s mother-in-law, or her sister, as examples. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Through her persistence and cunning, Orchid rises from her humble beginnings to be one of the Emperor’s wives, to give birth his only male child, and to stay alive amongst the back-stabbing Inner Court.

I’ll definitely be picking up the sequel. Being a lover of history, there was a lot about China I didn’t knownow I do.