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

For information on how we process your data, read our Privacy Policy. 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.

Chosen from among thousands of young women as the emperor’s fourth concubine, Orchid discovers that palace After my negative review of The Twentieth Wife A NovelMintzi recommended The Last Empress as a superior alternative and I thought I might as well read the prequel first.

The Empress was a real person; however, what happened during these times of her life may or may not have happened. Born into a declining gentry family inthe year-old Cixi travels fmpress Beijing with her widowed mother, brother and sister. 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.

Detail mengenai lokasi dan tradisi Kota Terlarang membuat saya orcyid membaca buku ini. It made me appreciate it more, and realize what a great loss the country suffered when Communism eventually made its way around which would happen much later.


Later on within the story, Orchid becomes pregnant. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. You are commenting using your Twitter account. So it should be no surprise that the first Anchee Min book I anchee up is this one. In a way, this first book offers Anchee Min the perfect showcase for her formidable narrative talents: Starting from early on the fictional Orchid begins plotting with the help of her family on how to not only get the king to notice her, but to also remain his favorite.

Miin ruins the romance just a bit. I loved Orchid; she’s the independent, strong-willed female protagonist we’re always promised and never get.


She refused to let her family drown in sorrow and poverty so she chose to pursuit the imperial life. Without completing that duty, an Imperial consort risks being unacknowledged for the remainder of her life.

Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Tzu Hsi Yehonala, atau yang dalam bahasa Cina berarti anggrek adalah seorang Maharani, terlebih dia kaisar wanita yang paling lama berkuasa di Cina. I appreciate Min’s spin on the Empress as an alternative, or supplement, to history, but do not forget, as a reader, that this is a fictional account and should never be interpreted in place of history. Overall, Empress Orchid was a truly enjoyable and fascinating read, and I highly recommended it to fans of historical fiction.

A Dictionary of Maqiao. Why is that the authors of historical fiction are afraid to show their heroes as scheming, cunning, ruthless people they were, and end up excusing and sanitizing them?

It’s high time we began taking interest in a bit more of one of the world’s longest continuous civilisations.

Words and phrases flow well. View all 3 comments. Membawa gairah dan harapan, Anggrek berambisi menjadi selir kesayangan Kaisar. Normally, I would em;ress bother to read anything set in the midth century.


Prior to reading the book I knew very little about Empress Orchid or Empress Dowager Cixi as she was known in real life, so I decided to do a bit of research after reading this book.

The Ch’ing Dynasty in has lost its vitality, and the court has become an insular, xenophobic place. How she felt a connection to the events. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals.

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China’s Long March to the Twenty-first Century. Tung Chih malah akrab dengan Nuharoo, membuat Anggrek merasa cemburu dan semakin kesepian. Masa kecilnya tidak pernah mudah. I saw it pre-high school. Overall, my interest for the story was always kept alive, thanks to the countless dangers and the fascinating but also disturbing traditions. Beruntung, dia diloloskan dan menjalani pemeriksaan ketat untuk menjadi istri. Orchix from Empress Orchid.

If Orchid is sent home, rather than being kept in the palace after being formally declared a virgin, she could lose that virginity and even conceive a child that was not the Emperor’s. At the same time Orchid born in to poverty came to the Forbidden City to be one of the emperor’s seven wives.

As orcbid as my reading is concerned, one of my orfhid research interests as a professional art historians concerns the discousres of power and especially gender.

This book intrigued me because of the summary I read on the inside flap, how this person seduced the emperor. The decrees and poems were translated from the original documents: I enjoyed this story.