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The Last Decades Of The Nineteenth Century Were A Violent Period In China S History Marked By Humiliating Foreign Incursions And Domestic Rebellion, Ultimately Ending In The Demise Of The Ch Ing Dynasty The Only Constant During This Tumultuous Time Was The Power Wielded By One Person, The Resilient, Ever Resourceful Tzu Hsi, Lady Yehonala Or Empress Orchid, As Readers Came To Know Her In Anchee Min S Critically Acclaimed Novel Covering The First Part Of Her LifeThe Last Empress Is The Story Of Orchid S Dramatic Transition From A Strong Willed, Instinctive Young Woman To A Wise And Politically Savvy Leader Who Ruled China For Than Four Decades Moving From The Intimacy Of The Concubine Quarters Into The Spotlight Of The World Stage, Orchid Must Face Not Only The Perilous Condition Of Her Empire But Also A Series Of Devastating Personal Losses, As First Her Son And Then Her Adopted Son Succumb To Early Death Yearning Only To Step Aside, And Yet Growing Constantly Into Her Role, Only She Allied With The Progressives, But Loyal To The Conservative Manchu Clan Of Her Dynasty Can Hold The Nation S Rival Factions TogetherAnchee Min Offers A Powerful Revisionist Portrait Based On Extensive Research Of One Of The Most Important Figures In Chinese History Viciously Maligned By The Western Press Of The Time As The Dragon Lady, A Manipulative, Blood Thirsty Woman Who Held Onto Power At All Costs, The Woman Min Gives Us Is A Compelling, Very Human Leader Who Assumed Power Reluctantly, And Who Sacrificed All She Had To Protect Those She Loved And An Empire That Was Doomed To Die

10 thoughts on “The Last Empress

  1. says:

    Knjiga Carica autorke an Sa je zakon za ovaj roman Naravno, ima veze i lo prevod

  2. says:

    Bullet Review So bittersweet at the end The biggest problem with this though was how hurried and rushed it felt in places When Min was given the time to flesh out a scene and spend time in it, THAT was pure gold.Full Review Empress Orchid Empress Dowager Cixi has lost her beloved husband, the Emperor Hsien Feng Together with Empress Nuharoo, she raises their son, Tung Chih to be Emperor But there are trials and struggles, internal and external, not to mention a media and Western world that loves to portray her as a tyrant and despot Who is the real Empress Orchid Maybe this book shows a side that traditional historical writers have omitted.Nearly two years ago, I had the great opportunity to read Empress Orchid , a fascinating look at Orchid from her childhood to when she became Empress This book picks up almost immediately after it but instead of focusing on a tighter timeline, it goes from 1861 to the time of her death in 1908.And right there, that s the number one complaint I have about this book In trying to cover nearly 50 years, Anchee Min has to pick and choose what to focus on in her book, to summarize big events and sail over dozens of years to make sure she can fit everything into 308 pages I think that s a shame because truly Min is best when she is letting the characters talk and move through this magnificent world without a time constraint It is my wish that instead of a duology, this had been a trilogy.The first 20 or so pages were pretty rough as a LOT of summarizing and time warping occurred to get Tung Chih from a boring age 5 to a interesting teenager and actual Emperor A part of me wanted to give up, even as I was telling myself, But Empress Orchid was so good Where is that Fortunately, Anchee Min then pulled the reigns on the speed and FINALLY we got some really good in depth moments with Nuharoo, Yung Lu, Orchid, Tung Chih and .This sort of pattern summarizing, then slowing down to get into a scene pretty much takes place the entire book, though the beginning and the ends are the worst offenders It might be annoying but when Anchee Min stops to tell her story WOWEE, it is awesome Min knows how to paint a scene and make her vibrant characters jump to life on the page She also knows how to communicate this very different culture to a Western audience Throughout the entire story, I grew to empathize with Empress Orchid and the troubling case of China how all these Western countries were wolves, waiting to feast on China s corpse It makes me really sad at these moments to be an American and to know my ancestors helped to tear apart another country, all in the name of Imperialism or capitalism or what have you.I had no knowledge of Empress Orchid before these novels, so I wasn t aware that she was considered a tyrant and a despot But after reading them, I can t see how a person could consider her that way I m sure that there is probably some truth in the middle isn t there always , but with very few cases Stalin, Hitler, etc I have a hard time buying the evil tyrant stereotype.The very end was so very sad and bittersweet, I wanted to bawl on an airplane and I never cry To see her work so many years to hold together the country she loved, to work in an man s world, her words against men, when everyone said horrible things about her, seeing so many of her loved ones die before her, and then to die without being able to be with the one she loved, having to love him from afar and in secret it s a very sad story A good, sad story, but a sad one nonetheless The Last Empress isn t perfect, but it s damn near close to it Anchee Min does such a delightful job with this story, giving nuance to history, and it was a joy to be able to read it.Thank you, to my Book Buddy Iset, who gave this to me

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    Definitely not as good as Empress Orchid There were about 100 pages in the middle that I was really stuggling to get through.I enjoyed the first part and last parts a lot though Ended up being glad I finished it.In Empress Orchid they really got into who she was and why This book seemed so busy trying to make it through the rest of her life that it wasn t as well developed Perhaps she should have divided into 2 booksI still found it a fascinating and educational look at who the last Empress Orchid might have been and how the media could have portrayed her so differently.

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    Un pic mai istorica decat Imparateasa Orhidee, Ultima imparateasa e mai apasatoare Mor multe personaje, iar greutatile,durerea, piedicile si razboaiele cu care se confrunta imparateasa de a lungul regentei sale sunt greu de indurat si pentru cititor, daramite pentru ea mi a placut si cartea asta, dar parca mai mult prima N am citit multe despre ultima imparateasa a Chinei, Tzu Hsi, dar am citit ca a fost nemiloasa, sangeroasa, neinduplecata etc Anchee Min, prin aceste doua carti, ii da un drept la replica, o posibilitate sa se explice, sa se justifice Trebuie sa ma documentez mai mult sa vad inspre ce inclina balanta mai mult.Una peste alta, am invatat o gramada despre eunuci, viata la curte, Orasul Interzis, dar mai ales cat de cumplit este sa fii imparat imparateasa Cat de tragic te condamni la nefericire, cu toata puterea pe care, chipurile, o detii caci nu detii puterea decat la suprafata, o gramada de lucruri iti sunt interzise, limitate.

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    I regret not being able to read Empress Orchid by Anchee Min before reading The Last Empress I assume Empress Orchid reveals Orchid s childhood and rise to the throne Reading the books in sequence would have filled in some of the gaps, nevertheless, Min supplies the necessary information to understand the Empress s life.In my youth, I gobbled up books about English and some French aristocracy Whether it was romances, historical fiction or biographies made little difference However, the heavy diet of reading about such dampened my desire to read of royal subjects I mention this, because I enjoyed The Last Empress The court structure, problems and culture varied enough from the European model to garner my interest I appreciated the delicacy required by the Empress and Emperors Tung Chih and Guang hsu to just keep the status quo amongst all the political factions in China With that in mind, I found comparing the Chinese view of history with the English view of the same time period revealing The plundering of Chinese resources and usurpation of Chinese ports and territories is seen in a different light offering a much needed balance to the Anglo version of history No wonder the Boxer Rebellion occurred Granted the atrocities toward innocent foreign devils was reprehensible, but the responsibility should be shared by the Boxers and foreign business interests equally.In spite of this story being a fictionalized account, Min did an admirable job of bringing to life the loneliness of being the Empress The Chinese royalty were virtually prisoners within the Forbidden City They had few true friends and those they had were trusted with governmental responsibilities away from the Forbidden City Recognizing this, left me with the thought, be careful what you wish for I wondered if Orchid would be so eager to be Empress if she could do it over again.

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    At times, I found myself getting tried of the book, and then there would be this wonderful passage of sheer poetry.This continues the story of Orchid At times, it feels like Anchee Min is going down a checklist, but I did like the use of perspective as well as whether or not to trust the voice It does capture the confusion of the time as well as time and place Worth reading if you have read the first volume.

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    I had to be strong for my son Although Tung Chih, who was seven, had been Emperor for two years, since ascending the throne in 1861, his regime had been chaotic. The follow up to her acclaimed Empress Orchid, Anchee Min continues to tell the story of real life Empress Tzu Hsi, who governs China on behalf of her son in the midst of huge changes in the world order 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 Eventually, foreign influence, aggression and a poor economy led to a native Chinese revolt in the Boxer Rebellion, but the powers against China were just too great Empress Tzu, Hsi, also known as Orchid, is viewed by the Chinese as a tyrannical ruler they believe she was responsible for the downfall of China The foreign press portrayed her in a negative light as well, and it is refreshing to read Anchee Min s perspective of a mother trying to secure the nation by safeguarding the throne for her son With an eight country coalition against China, it is hardly surprising that she lost her battle.I enjoyed this novel, and I learned much about the Chinese History that led up to the new Chinese Republic under Chiang Kai shek There was a lot of information packed into a small book, and at times is was difficult to get all the people of influence straight That s really my only complaint.

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    I m not going to make it through 50 pages First of all, as Jill noted in her review, Min basically takes what s written in the history books, puts quotes around it, and calls it dialogue, with occasional brief references to how it makes the empress feel I felt this was true of Empress Orchid as well, and I don t have the patience to plow through another book like that 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 Not that I need to know every detail of every day, but this was the opposite extreme it lacked flow and felt jarring and discontinuous, less like a novel and like a recounting of separate historical events The best book on China I ve read, hands down, was Wild Swans Three Daughters of China It focused on a different period of history, but it succeeded where Min s empress books failed offering me both an engrossing story and an opportunity to deepen my understanding of Chinese history It s a hard thing to pull off, and I haven t read many other books which succeeded in doing both So I can t really blame Min for failing, but I can t recommend these books either I do hope to try Becoming Madame Mao, though Min may write convincingly about the Cultural Revolution, since it s something she experienced firsthand.

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    I thought this book was absolutetly fascinating The first book in the series Empress Orchid was an amazing book too Detailing China s history, The Last Empress not only focuses on the Empress and her struggles, but also the struggle of China to merge its cultural past with the western technologies and advancements that are needed to enable China to compete in the world This book made me want to take a Chinese history class In both books by Anchee Min, I was amazed at the great lengths she went to explain the Forbidden City, the court of the Empress, the servants, and the lush and rich culture and traditions that were forced upon the Empress These books had me hooked and were hard to put down I would read by this author I also thought the viewpoint of the 2nd book was very thought proking as in the US we are so apt to look at history through our viewpoint, and this really showed the struggle of China to survive, and thier loss of land to other foreign countires It was interesting reading about the Boxer Rebellion from the opposite viewpoint So interested in the 2 books, I will now have to read some non fiction on the subject and compare.

  10. says:

    Anchee Min is one of my favourite authors, and Empress Orchid is one of my favorite books, but this sequel seems to delve a little into Empress Cixi s evil reputation, making the main character and unlikeable She s still an engaging protagonist, but it did cut into my enjoyment of the book compared to the first With Cixi s power temporarily solidified, The Last Empress has a distinctly different feel than the original story in Empress Orchid which was about learning the ropes of court Changing the romanization from Tzu Hsi to Cixi also threw me for a loop.