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Последната императрица (Empress Orchid #2)

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Всяка съвременна представа за Китай би била непълна без един нов поглед към живота и личността на императрица Цъ Си, отворила страната си към западния свят в началото на миналия век. Обругавана и обиждана, наричана от европейците “жената дракон” и “безмилостно чудовище”, “кръвожадна” и “манипулативна”, последната владетелка от династията Цин управлява с желязна ръка, но и ...more
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Published 2007 (first published January 1st 2005)
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Tea Jovanović
Knjiga "Carica" autorke Šan Sa je zakon za ovaj roman... Naravno, ima veze i loš prevod... :(
Lydia
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 books...

I still found it a fascinating and educational look at who the last Em
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Suzanne
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
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Judy
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
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Chris
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.
Beth
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 ...more
K
Oct 10, 2009 K rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K by: Mintzis
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 ...more
Carolinecarver
Arduous reading but fascinating portrayal of Empress Tzu Hsi, Orchid, the concubine who bore the Emperor's son and heir to the throne. She was the power behind the Ch'ing dynasty for forty years as she outlived her son and her adopted son, both of whom were weak and ineffective rulers. I got interested in this woman as her portrait is on display at VMFA's amazing exhibit of "The Forbidden City," and I wanted to learn more about her. This revisionist historical novel doesn't exactly flow, and the ...more
Kathy
Our book club read the first of these two books ("Empress Orchid" by Anchee Min) and I just had to know the rest of the story, so I sought out "The Last Empress." I'm glad I did, especially after I did some research upon finishing this book. Anchee Min did an amazing job of taking the facts of history (the positive and inaccurate) regarding this time in Chinese history, and intertwined it into a story that made it more human and real than any history book or lecture.

Every mother wishes the best
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Afifah
Aduuuh, ekspektasi saya saat baca dwilogi Ibu Suri Tsu Hzi ini sangat tinggi. Paling tidak, setelah membaca "Empress Wu" besutan Shan Sa dan saya merasa terpuaskan secara diksi, saya berharap dapat menemukan keindahan senada pada karya Anchee Min ini. Tetapi, hasilnya... kuciwa Sodara-Sodara. Di buku pertama, masih rada mending. Di buku ketiga... hanya bersedia kasih 3 bintang sambil ngedumel... :-(.

Membaca novel ini, saya merasa tengah membaca teks sejarah yang berjejal-jejalan. Lakon yang diba
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Iset

In terms of writing quality, Anchee Min is consistent here with this book’s prequel; Empress Orchid. Min writes with a wonderful ease and flow, combining imaginative description with show over tell. The Last Empress differs from Empress Orchid in construction of plot and pacing however. Whilst Empress Orchid covered a handful of years of the eponymous character’s life, The Last Empress covers several decades. This means the pacing is considerably different. Empress Orchid had the leisure to dwel
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Suzan Oktaria
Novel fiksi sejarah karya Anchee Min berisi catatan kehidupan Ibusuri Cixi (disebut sebagai Anggrek) dari saat ia memperoleh kekuasaan sebagai Ibusuri Tzu-Hsi, hingga kematiannya pada usia 72 tahun. Novel ini merupakan sekuel dari novel Empress Orchid.

Cerita dimulai dengan kematian ibu Anggrek, dan meningkatnya konflik antaranya dengan Pangeran Kung mengenai masalah politik. Hubungan Anggrek dengan putranya, Tung Chih, juga memburuk. Bila dalam novel sebelumnya, kita akan dibawa dengan keindahan
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Imas
Cerita yg detil. digambarkan pengarangnya sedemikian rupa sehingga kita seolah2 melihat suasana kolosal,kemewahan,kerusuhan,kesedihan bahkan fashion yang dikenakan...Terlepas Apakah cerita ini memang kisah nyata atau tdk,Anggrek adalah penguasa yg luarbiasa..dari hanya seorang selir menjelma menjd maharani yg sesungguhnya...keberanian, kecerdasan dan keuletannya luarbiasa...Percintaan Anggrek dan Yung Lu sangat mengharukan...Cinta yg terpisah oleh status, keberlangsungan kekuasaan, dan martabat ...more
Yun Zhen
I thought perhaps this sequel to Empress Orchid might prove as vividly stunning but I was dismayed.

This sequel focuses largely on Empress Ci Xi's later life as a ruling regent for two different Emperors but seems to continually regurgitate historical facts and processes towards the second half of the book.

While the first half was not as disappointing, giving an account of how Empress Ci Xi tries hard to reconcile with her son, the second half merely uses the last few wars of the Qing Dynasty t
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Nicola
The reader of this audiobook sounds like she's having some serious breathing difficulties. I mean, on the one hand, I don't want to be mean. But, on the other hand, if you can't read a single sentence without taking a long, rasping, gimme-my-inhaler mouthbreath, maybe you shouldn't be reading audiobooks???

Also, this book is really boring.

This concludes another insightful review from Nicola. Bye.
Mary
I didn't think much of this, and in retrospect wish I had not bothered. I read Orchid, which I thought was weak, but then happened to visit the Forbidden City, and happened onto the Empress's lodgings there, so thought this would be a good way to get an update on the historical period. Overall this was ponderous - while clearly based on letters and writings, it had little life of its own. In some cases more background would have brought the text to life (e.g., a better explanation of the civil s ...more
Ladiibbug
" ... a powerful revisionist portrait [fictionalized account of a real historical person] of Tsu Hsi, Lady Yehonala, or Empress Orchid, who ruled China for more than 40 years in the late 1800's / early 1900's."

"The Dragon Lady" was portrayed in the Western press as a manipulative, blood-thirsty, ruthless woman who held on to power at all costs.

"The woman Anchee Min portrays gives us a compelling, very human leader who assumed power reluctantly and sacrificed all she had to protect those she love
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Jill
If you loved Empress Orchid like I did, don't bother with this book. I don't say that often, and I don't think reading a review would have dissueded me from reading the sequel about the rule of the Grand Dowager Empress. However, Min seemed to have forgotten how to tell a story. The dialogue was atrocious. She basically just took crib notes of the facts she uncovered and formed them into sentences and then followed them up with a sentence of the Empress revealing her true feelings about it. Seri ...more
Terri Durling
Having recently returned from China, I wanted to know more about the "Dragon Lady", a name given to the last empress of China who had quite a reputation. This book was recommended by a fellow traveller. Although interesting for the most part and written from the viewpoint of the Empress by Anchee Min, I found a lot of it concentrated on the politics of the time. Although I would hardly call the politics of those times boring, it still was hard to get through the political parts of the story. As ...more
Barb Shoffner
Aug 21, 2007 Barb Shoffner added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Yes
I am fascinated by Chinese history and read Anchee Min's book about Tzu Hsi's earler life in the court, "Empress Orchid". "The Last Empress" provides insight to her long life (73 years). She faced challenges with her son (named emperor, but died as a young adult), struggles with the political court, Chinese internal uprisings (i.e. warlords and the Boxer Rebellion) and with foreign powers. On her death bed she named Puyi as emperor. He was the last emperor of China.
Kavita
The Last Empress is the sequel to Empress Orchid. While the last book ended with Orchid’s son becoming the Emperor, the sequel starts with Orchid mourning the death of her mother. The book describes her regency till the end of her days.

Compared to the first book, this book is bland. The author hurries through major events quickly and keeps moving from one topic to the other with a breathless frequency and the reader is left with a feeling of confusion and dissatisfaction. A lot of interesting ev
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Nafisa Choudhury
There are two things that are mainly commendable in The Last Empress, the two things that make this book great: historical/cultural accuracy, the style of writing.

After being miserably duped by Memoirs of a Geisha, I did proper research (well, proper enough) on Empress Tsu Hzi. So I am not surprised this book took so long to write. The main facts and the timeline are perfectly accurate. Anchee Min paid attention to a variety of historical texts, so even where things get interpretative and fictio
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Mery
makin bagus dari yang pertama, tokoh utama nya mengalami perkembangan karakter, benar mengagumkan seorang wanita mendobrak patriarki dan berhasil memerintah china selama kurang lebih 40tahun :)
di novel ini wanita seperti yehonala di tonjolkan kuat dan pintar, sayang justru Laki-laki ditonjolkan jatuh karena kelalaian nya sendiri :)
Antula
I was intrigued by this book, due to the fascinating Chinese culture I know nothing of. Now I know less. The book is simple sequence of facts with an distortion in favor of emotional state of the main character. Which is quite doubtful and unconvincing. And boring. And pointless. And boring. And boring.
Lita Hidayati
Banyak yang mengatakan bahwa Tzu Hsi adalah biangnya kejahatan (Naskah Cina, dicetak pada 1949 -1991). Namun, entahlah. Penggambaran Anchee Min terasa lebih nyata dibandingkan Sir Edmund Backhouse, yang belakangan baru diketahui telah menyebarkan manuskrip-manuskrip penuh kebohongan tentang latarbelakang kehancuran kekaisaran China dibawah kuasa sang Budha Tua, Putri Yehonala, atau lebih dikenal sebagai Tzu Hsi.

Ada banyak kehilangan sebagai kompensasinya memilih datang sebagai salah satu dianta
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Cecily
Carries on from Empress Orchid (http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...), starting soon after her husband dies, leaving her and the (principal) empress to govern in lieu of her young son.
Rosemary
The end of this book was very exciting, hearing in dramatized fiction (unabridged book on DVD) how the last empress of China Cixi had to rule China while appearing not to because she was a woman, while foreign powers were at China's doorstep wanting control of Chinese territory. She realized that the rest of the world with science and engineering was passing China by while China's emperors were being schooled in classic literature, knowing nothing of the external world. Good lesson on isolationi ...more
Krittika
Sep 27, 2012 Krittika marked it as abandoned  ·  review of another edition
I wish i never started this, as i hate not finishing a book... maybe one day i will finish this, but for now my time is too precious to be spent on a book that has no direction..
Delie Dell Chua
Wow! being a mother and the empress of china sure is hard. You want to please and show your love to your child but at the same time you have to do what it's best for the country. I admire empress orchid's will and determination but I don't want to be in her shoes.

This book is very moving. Though it's fiction, the author was able to give us a glimpse on how is the empress as a woman who feels and love, as a stateswoman who needs to show her tough side and as a mother. In history books, she is al
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Kelly
Long, sometimes dry, but oddly absorbing.
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Anchee Min was born in Shanghai in 1957. 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 movie actress. She moved to the United States in 1984. Her first memoir, Red Azalea, was an international bestseller, published in twenty countries. She has since published six novels, including Pearl of China and the forthc ...more
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