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Setelah membaca buku ini sampai selesai, memang isi buku ini myaris mirip dengan buku Putri Langit karangan Nigel Cawthorne, walau ada perbedaan2 sedikit seperti berikut ini Cahaya Nirwana atau calon Wu Zetian ini dalam buku ini dikatakan diperawani oleh sang Putra Mahkota, tp menurut sumber2 lain yg kubaca, beliau diperawani oleh Kaisar Tang Tai Zong sebagaimana peringkatnya sebagai Selir tingkat Lima Agak mustahil klo beliau diperawani oleh Putra Mahkota mengingat umur Putra Mahkota jg lebih muda 3 thn Dalam buku ini, dikisahkan bhw Cahaya Nirwana tidak membunuh anak perempuannya utk menimpakan kejahatan ini ke Permaisuri Wang Bisa masuk logika juga sih karena kematian bayi2 pd zaman itu masih sangat tinggi mungkin penyakit, radang infeksi dll yg sulit diketahui pd zaman dulu kala Kemenakan maharani yaitu Keselarasan yg belakangan jd kekasih sang Kaisar, digambarkan dlm buku ini tiba2 meninggal karena mencicipi anggur yg seharusnya diminum oleh maharani Ini rada susah masuk ke logika saya karena berdasarkan penuturan dr si penulis, tabiat si kemenakan ini sdh pd tingkat menjengkelkan si maharani Ada benarnya juga rumor yg mengatakan si kemenakan dibunuh diam2 oleh maharani krn mnrt saya juga rengekan nya sudah absurd utk org yg sudah diberi kelimpahan oleh maharani.Di luar cara2 ambisinya utk mencapai tingkat tertinggi kerajaan sbg maharani, aku salut dengan pengabdiannya yg sungguh2 utk mensejahterakan rakyatnya, mengagumi kecerdasannya utk melepaskan diri dari jerat2 yg akan menghancurkannya, seorang reformis dan kreator sejati, pekerja keras dan sangat cakap memilih sendiri pejabat2 di sekeliling dirinya.Dan mungkin di luar kebiasaan2 wanita sepanjang masa, Maharani Wu ini juga mau menikmati hidup dgn bersenang2 bersama para cowok2 muda yg masih segar, Sayangnya tdk semuanya bs berterimakasih dgn baik Saking piaraannta masih muda dan tidak bisa mengekang hawa nafsu dan sensualitasnya, nyaris saja cowok muda ini membangkitkan amarah cemburu sang Maharani Ada kalimat yg lucu di halaman 278 Siapa yang sanggup menampik pemikat yang tak bisa diluruskan itu dengan alat vital yang tak pernah kalah hahhahahhahahha.Karena faktor usialah, Maharani Wu dipaksa utk mengundurkan diri dari takhta dan kualat lah yg terjadi pada para konspirator yg menggulingkan beliau Semuanya mati konyol Sang menteri dipenggal, pewaris takhta diracun oleh istrinya, si istri mati sewaktu dikudeta oleh kemenakannya, dan yg terakhir, putri kesayangan Maharani Wu, Chandra, juga meninggal dipaksa bunuh diri sbg senjata makan tuan konspirasi politiknya itu. There s a story behind my reading this book I am, by habit a reader of genre fiction which means stories about Spaceman Gort and the Flying Death Pygmies of Planet Bimbotron and things like that At the Barnes and Noble I typically shop for books at, the Spaceman Gort section is crammed far into the back, covered in cobwebs, and filled with a droning voice that tells you how ashamed you should be for reading this drivel.Perhaps I exaggerate.On the way to Spaceman Gort and the lovely ladies of Planet Bimbotron, you have to cross a gauntlet of pretentiousness known as the Literature Section, filled with proper works of Lih trah chuh On one trip through this minefield of horrors, I happened to notice a book by Anne Rice, I think it was Interview with a Vampire In the Literature section So apparently if you want to read Heinlein books you have to trudge to the Genre Ghetto, but if you want to read about bisexual mulatto vampires sucking each other blood, you perv on Bourbon Street, the Literature section is for you.So I was naturally perturbed, and I started wondering what was so gosh darn special about these silly lihtrahchuh books anyway How could they compete with Heinlein, Norton, Clarke, Lee, Asimov So I decided I would try for once to actually read Literature But I wasn t willing to actually move or look around too much, so I was limited to whatever was in arm s reach of Anne Rice.The snazzy cover immediately drew me towards Empress Cute asian girl on cover check Written by a woman from communist china check who emmigrated to France big check to make paintings check of weird indistinct monochrome blobs check The book was original written in French humongous check and was historical fiction about the first female Empress of China.Huh That actually sounded interesting So I grabbed the book, tucked it under my meaty arm and headed off After finishing a genre book or two, I finally turned to Empress with a little trepidation This was no ordinary reading No, this was a serious meeting from the ambassador of Planet Literary Snob.The book definitely has poetic prose, but it doesn t gush as much as say, a Stephen King book where it takes ten pages to describe someone opening a door The writing style, even translated from another language, is quite beautiful, which I suppose is an important part of literature.Now the narrative and characterization, the parts that matter most in Spaceman Gort Land I personally found the characters quite emotive, while some people found them dry I liked it The plot moved along at a good pace, and focused on courtly intrigue in the Gynaceum of the Chinese Emperor Very sumptious, lots of focus on gowns and decoration and the pageantry of it all and scheming schemers.One thing I found sort of dare I say precious Is it sexist of me to call a female writer from China France precious It probably is Oh well The Empress described is the ONLY female empress China has ever had An AMAZING amount of people around her vanish and die in ways that are very convenient to her pursuit of power, and the author does a tremendous tapdancing act to try to pretend she had little if nothing to do with it All the good things, she did, all the bad things, George Bush did apparently I find this um highly doubtful You don t wind up as the only female Empress of China by a weird twist of fate, you get there over the dead bodies of the men and women less ambitious and careful than you.So I m not sure how realistic it was, but I very much enjoyed the book even if it was a bit naive at times Even though there were no robots, flying death pygmies, demon sorcerers, alien invaders, or bimbotronians, I dare I say it Enjoyed the book Enough that I keep an eye out for other books by this author.So I would say the Ambassador from Planet Literature did a good job of representing for her people.TLDR If you like courtly intrigue, enjoy Chinese culture, and don t mind books without robots or demons, this is something you would enjoy. A Ravishing Historical Novel Of One Of China S Most Controversial Historical Figures Its First And Only Female Emperor, Empress Wu, Who Emerged In The Tang Dynasty And Ushered In A Golden AgeIn Seventh Century China, During The Great Tang Dynasty, A Young Girl From The Humble Wu Clan Entered The Imperial Gynaecium, Which Housed Ten Thousand Concubines Inside The Forbidden City, She Witnessed Seductions, Plots, Murders, And Brazen Acts Of Treason Propelled By A Shrewd Intelligence, An Extraordinary Persistence, And A Friendship With The Imperial Heir, She Rose Through The Ranks To Become The First Empress Of China On The One Hand, She Was A Political Mastermind Who Quelled Insurrections, Eased Famine, And Opened Wide The Routes Of International Trade On The Other, She Was A Passionate Patron Of The Arts Who Brought Chinese Civilization To Unsurpassed Heights Of Knowledge, Beauty, And SophisticationAnd Yet, From The Moment Of Her Death To The Present Day, Her Name Has Been Sullied, Her Story Distorted, And Her Memoirs Obliterated By Men Taking Vengeance On A Women Who Dared Become Emperor For The First Time In Thirteen Centuries, Empress Wu Flings Open The Gates Of Her Forbidden City And Tells Her Own Astonishing Tale Revealing A Fascinating, Complex Figure Who In Many Ways Remains Modern To This Day This book was lushly written, with a meticulous eye for detail, but it was little impersonal and distant for me Although the twisted politics were interesting, I wasn t engaged at all with any of the characters It was a bit like being underwater, hearing a conversation from another room.There was actually far too much detail about certain ceremonies I started thinking about the paraodic detail in The Princess Bride while I was reading and not enough information on the people involved I didn t really have a sense of personality about anyone.There is also the fact that I have serious issues with the idea that one person can have what amounts to divine power, that a ruler could order anyone in her kingdom to commit suicide , and her subjects would do it I found myself reacting very badly to the depictions of the court ranking system, and how those of low rank were treated as if they existed only to serve.I understand it s a period piece and that those depictions were quite likely accurate, but it s one of those things that makes me very grateful I didn t live in that time and place. My carriage was already traveling through eternity I was tiny, alone, and naked I was moving toward, a god, and an empire There s something deeply compelling about someone s rise from obscurity to power, be they evil or good, especially if the obscurity is great and the power is immense When that rise to power involves a woman who raises herself to a position no woman was ever meant to hold, well, count me in.This is a fictionalized account of a piece of, apparently often neglected, Chinese history Empress Wu It s a beautiful novel, told in lush and evocative prose a prose that is at times a little too poetic and removed from the people it talks about, although very fitting for the type of story it tells It s a truly grand and compelling look at Empress Wu, or Heavenlight s, journey inside the walls of the Forbidden City, as lover to concubines and emperors, as mother of a nation, as an Empress destined to lead her people to prosperity and glory Shan Sa tells the story with conviction and power, easily portraying the intricate and delicate web the court of any Emperor or Empress is made of, how one false step or moment of distraction can mean your downfall and humiliation To place oneself on such a seat of power, to rule a nation, means to adopt a style of swift brutality, whether it be just or not Empress Wu s life, her real life, is of course obscured by the passing of time, as well as attempts at covering up her reign and, obviously, the misogyny of historians, past or present It s not something I know a lot about, however, so I ll talk about this specific book instead But a lot of the things we do know about her life are shrouded in mystery or ambiguity And the style, the way it was told, added to the sense that you we re all merely riding on the wings of history, that this life is but a moment of eternity, as well as a moment that will last eternally And Sa s constant juxtaposition of death and immortality, of private and public, is necessary and wonderfully done Nonetheless, any historical figure with this much power, commanding such a nation and ruling it with such an iron fist, deserves a book such as this My one wish, and the reason I could never quite get it to 5 stars, is that the prose, despite being beautiful and perfectly fitting, often obscured the character of Empress Wu I never at any point felt I knew what sort of person she was, what she believed in, what toll it took on her to do the things she had to do, to protect herself, her nation and her family I understand this might have been a conscious choice As we know very little of Empress Wu or what she was really like, designing her character based on what scraps we have might have felt dishonest or maybe it s to signal that she defies characterization That she slipped into and out of roles, depending on the situation Or maybe it s a style and something was lost in translation Sadly it made me feel detached from her and her story I felt as if I was looking at it from afar, and less like I was in the middle of it, because so often the emotions were subdued Empress Wu felt very little like a real person to me, with real emotions and dreams, and that I regret, but perhaps it was necessary It s entirely a question of personal taste, I think And it did add to the sweeping, consuming feeling of it, as if you were inside a poem, an ancient poem telling the story of things ling forgotten It was beautiful, but in a detached way The somewhat shallow or rather ambiguous characterization of Empress Wu, and most other characters too, was as I ve said a perfect fit for the grandeur, the massive scale of her reign and the superficiality of the court, how everyone hides behind fake pleasantries, and masks, while they plot your downfall, that this novel had to portray And Empress is majestic, splendid, lush, relentless and beautiful in all the ways you d expect it to be An excellent fictional look at a neglected, but fantastic piece of history, and a wonderful way to get swept away by the winds of history It s a stunning work You should read it. This book took on a whole new take of Chinese History It portrayed an important historical figure in a personal and never before seen way Empress Wu was the first woman emperor to ever take the throne It was traditionally carried on by heirs of the previous emperor, but during the Tang Dynasty, the emperor lacked the capability to successfully control the nation without the help of Wu Ze Tian the empress And when the emperor passes away, the only person that the nation could be entrusted to was Empress Wu Throughout the book, the readers can see the difficulty within a woman s life and the life of the three thousand wives that the emperor has The tales of the forbidden city, the secret rivalry between the wives in trying to gain the emperor s love, and the secret affairs that Empress Wu has after her husbands death This book goes in depth with the relationships between the royalty and how all men within the government strive for power and try to do everything they can to become close to the empress This story entails the life of one of the most interesting figures in Chinese history through an intimate level and the raging battles and passionate lovers of the Tang Dynasty that not many people have heard of. What an awful book I am so disappointed, because I read The Girl Who Played Go a few years ago and thought that was fantastic.The writing in this book is just far too lush and overwrought It feels like the author put so much effort into crafting each dramatic sentence that she forgot to put in any kind of plot or sympathetic characters Granted, the main character was a pretty horrific person in her lifetime, so Shan Sa didn t have much to work with there as far as making her likeable But the writing makes her seem completely flat and emotionless.Overall, I think there was just too much going on in this book It probably would have been much better if the book had either been much shorter and focused on just one period of the Heavenlight s life, or much longer to really take time to explore the different events.Other things I found annoying A character would just show up and be referred to as my friend of 30 years or something And yet we have never heard of her before A few times the narrator would refer after the fact to some really shocking and pivotal sounding event It would be discussed for a paragraph or two and then never mentioned again.So many things seemed inconsistent to me For example, on one page the narrator mentioned that the emperor was having sex with young virgins, both boys and girls, because doctors advised it would help his health And then just a few pages later, she mentions that the doctors had forbidden the emperor to have sex at all Huh It was a good book I don t feel much moved but I always enjoy anything with strong female characters. Ova knjiga je bila najprodavaniji naslov Lagune 2006 godine, to mi je posebno drago u smislu da mi je uredni ka procena bila dobra Ovo je knjiga za sve one koji vole dobar istorijski egzoti ni roman i Kinu I sve one koji su itali knjigu ljivin cvet u vazi od zlata I ve a penchant for literature written with an eye on the grander scale of things Most probably it comes with my preoccupation with critiquing the canon, albeit through far less flimsy bases than prose and universality and all that invisible hand jazz In return for paying attention to fields that are not required for the common range of English history, politics, decolonization, gender dichotomy, all that fun stuff people like to pretend are subsidiary instead of the power generators of unquestioned classical status , I get a continuum An angry, muddled, and heckling continuum, by way of the present forever desiring to never pick apart the past, but knowledge is power Of course, absolute power corrupts absolutely, but you can complain about my biases when white men make up less than ten percent of the population of various prizes, as befits their portion of the demographic If you actually want to achieve something, your target is not me.In the vein of Imperial Woman and Memoirs of Hadrian we have a work that is closer than either in terms of the physiognomy of author and authored The prose is to my taste, the world is to my wonder, and the life lived in close sensory detail and alienated moral grounds utterly befits the saying that the past is a foreign country Up until the end point of the narrative, we reside in the head of one who survives via cunning, fertility, lust, health, strategy, bloodthirstiness, and every recourse of a dynastic body and soul One runs, and builds, and improves, and kills, until finally immortality begs the question of the empire one has built what tools will you leave behind once you are dead What have you left to the rulers, what have you left to the populace, and how will the latter mourn when the former have thrown each other to the wolves.Beware this is is historical fiction of the Chinese variety whose subject is a woman of infamous degree Those who do not indulge in historical fact with great pleasure, you may be bored by the ritual regulation and political machination and all that comes with the narrative that rules anempire Those who indulge to a great degree, you may be miffed by a smoothing here, a sentimentalizing there, for massacres and incest there was to a great degree Bear in mind, however, that each and every fact has been touched with gynephobic malice If you want a culprit for nonfictional debacles, there re your men Outside of that, there is the matter of a sexuality touching on a far broader space of field than the young man and the young woman, lesbian pedophilia and female dominated gerontophilia being two of the sensational breeds of intercourse Even farther, there is the realpolitik of the first millennium CE which put both my favorite families, the Tudors and the Borgias, to shame To shift to usual literary matters, carrying all that across is the prose For those of the French linguistic persuasion, the original text is available While curious as to how that would go, I am satisfied enough with my Anglo transfiguration to pass on making an effort.Finally, there is the ending, one of those out of body frames that attempts to draw a holism out of a past power speaking to an impermanent present Enad with contextual awareness that I am, the last bit bumped this up that last half star Those of the objective temperament you re missing out.