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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Of all his wives and concubines, Orchid was the only one to produce a male heir giving her privileges. She is chosen as the Imperial consort of the fourth rank. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Customers orcid viewed this item also empreas. Mungkin jika Hsien Feng seorang yang tangguh, Anggrek tidak akan menjadi selir kesayangannya, tidak akan menjadi Maharani termashyur dari Dinasti terakhir yang menguasai Cina.

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. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: The Forbidden City is a place of danger and intrigue, and Min works to build tension and suspense in Orchid’s early life as one of seven wives to the Emperor. There they are sheltered by Cixi’s uncle until she restores the family’s fortunes by being selected as one of Emperor Hsien Feng’s legion of concubines.

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A Details are extremely important to me. I could mention how gripping it was, watching Orchid fight tooth and nail to make sure her son was appointed Emperor and how she had to use her wits to get pregnant in the first place.

Empress Orchid

But just don’t read it twice. Min lets Orchid have control of her own story. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. But beneath its immaculate facade lie whispers of murders and ghosts, and the thousands of concubines will anchef to any lengths to bear the Emperor’s son.


No, sometimes I want to read about a person’s gut reaction to a book, how it made him or her feel. Orchid is presented as a lustful lady, indeed, but more neglected in this way than exploited. It made me appreciate it more, and realize what a great loss the country suffered when Communism eventually made its This book intrigued me because of the summary I read on the inside flap, how this person seduced the emperor.

The history of China in this book was fascinating. Oct 21, Natasa rated it it was amazing Shelves: Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. I enjoy rags to riches stories, but this one comes at a cost.

This novel is told as the first person account of China’s infamous “Dowager Empress,” Tzu Hsi aka Red Orchid, who came to the Forbidden City as one of the Emperor’s brides when she was seventeen in Saya bahkan tergoda memutar Waiting in Vain saat membaca bagian ini.

Her tactic works and she soon becomes the Emperor’s favourite consort. The story itself was very good and it certainly started very well.

You have read this book. Although Min’s book about the last empress of China, which is a fictional story yet based on the real life account of the Empress, is really well layered with custom, culture and culture of the 19th century China, yet somewhere the central character, Empress Orchid, on whim this book is based on, is not at all well developed, rather, she lacks depth.

In the ‘s European incursions and peasant rebellions were already undermining the Dynasty. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. I am not a history novel read but when I entered a book club that suggested reading this one I chose to give it a try.

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

The point is, Nuharoo is silver to Orchid’s gold. The emperor becomes ill as political situations in China worsen. So it should be no surprise that the first Anchee Min book I pick up is this one. At this point, the book took a turn for the worse. This very partial version of events swallows whole the Confucian Chinese male view of history, which, wherever possible, deflects blame for monumental historical catastrophes – such as the collapse of the Qing dynasty in – on to women.


I really wanted to love this book. Empress Orchid is a further, feminist step on the road to her rehabilitation. View all 4 comments. To achieve the latter, tradition provides a stupendous hierarchy of hundreds of wives and concubines.

At seventeen she was sent to ancyee labor collective, where a talent scout for Madame Mao’s Shanghai Film Studio recruited her to work as a movie actress.

After reading the Reader’s Group Guide for the book, the reader would be convinced that Min was drawn to the character of Orchid because her intriging character and, perhaps, to a similiarity to Madame Mao. Add all three to Cart Add all three to List. I liked learning about the imperial court life by learning about the culture and the politics.

Min introduces the beautiful Tzu Hsi, known as Orchid based on the real-life Orchix Dowager Cixiand “weaves an epic of a country girl who seized power through seduction, empresss, and endless intrigue.

I saw the historical movie, “55 days at Peking” and that movie was also about this Empress and the Boxer rebellion. We see her struggle to keep the Emperor’s interest whilst battling with Nuharoo to be allowed to raise her child herself normal emprexs is for the first Empress to take over.

Our book club read this as our 54th selection. Most of what I know about Chinese history is from the following sources: