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My Life As An Emperor ('Wo De Di Wang Sheng Ya', In Traditional Chinese, Not In English)

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בגיל ארבע-עשרה מוכתר דואן באי, צעיר בניו של הקיסר שהלך זה עתה לעולמו, לשליט ממלכת שיה. הנער הביישן והחולמני הופך מבודד ואומלל, ועל אף השיערים רבי-החוכמה של מורהו הנזיר הוא שוקע במערבולת של מאבקי כוח פוליטיים, תככים ומזימות. אחיו חותרים תחתיו, נשות ההרמון מהתלות בו וסבתו העריצה מנהלת את ענייני הממלכה ביד רמה.

רק סריס חצר אחד מצליח להבקיע את חומת בדידותו ולבנות עמו חברות אמת
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Published (first published 1992)
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Richard
Su Tong made a quick name for himself when his novella _Raise the Red Lantern_ was made into a great film. One might think that such success could spoil an author to continue to write what has already been successful, but his next book, _Rice_, offered its own challenges when Su Tong took on a deeply disturbed and violent man as his protagonist. _Rice_ was a great book, because even through horrific events, Tong looked for the rationale of every character and allowed them to present themselves i ...more
Kathy Chung
as the title stated, this is the life of an emperor. In particular , the fictional Emperor Duanbai who was the fifth emperor of Xie Empire.

I find the first half of the book was slow and felt like patchwork. I have read a few non fiction and fiction books about emperor and empress of China. In this book I find that that are several similarities found in others book. I didn't like that.

what I liked is the period after which he ledt the Palace. His journey and the people that he met was interesting
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Willem van den Oever
With most of his novels taking places against the background of specific periods in Chinese history, “My Life as Emperor” stands out in Su Tong’s oeuvre as an entirely fictitious work. There are no references to the Great Leap Forward, the Great Famine that followed it, or periods in time before that, like the 1920’s in which Su Tong’s most well known work, “Wives and Concubines” – or “Raise the Red Lantern” – took place.
Instead, “My Life as Emperor” takes place in the imaginary Empire of Xie, w
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Stephen
The author rejects the idea that "My Life as an Emperor" is a historical novel even as he admits that he attempts "to penetrate the millenia of Chinese history" (author's preface). The narrator is a deposed emperor of a mythical kingdom who as a child inherits the throne, somewhat surprisingly and unwillingly, at the death of his father. The palace in which he is something of a prisoner swirls with intrigue and violence, and he is completely dominated by his grandmother and mother, who are bitte ...more
Jessica
Jessica Golovin Independent Reading report 4/16/10
6/7y

My Life as Emperor
By: Sue Tong

My Life as Emperor is about a 14 year old boy named Sue Tong that lives a sorrowful life. When his father first dies it is a big tragedy for everyone because he was the Xie Empire for thirty years. Since he died he had to pass it on to one of his sons. He decided to pass it on to Sue Tong. When Sue Tong first became Empire he didn’t really want to and so didn’t his stepmother. His stepmother wanted one of her
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Delicious Strawberry
Having already read 'Raise the Red Lantern', I decided to give this book a try. It's not a bad book, with some solid and evocative descriptions - such as what happens to the concubines and the Palace of Discarded Concubines, along with what happens to the Emperor's love - this book is a interesting read in a fictional but Chinese-styled empire. I do wish there had been some more detail. The description made the book sound as if the Emperor was more crazy/cruel, and compared to the description, h ...more
Jennifer
Mostly from the man's perspective, but of course their were multiple wives, concubines, and a dowager empress. It was more political and foreign invaders than day to day lady palace life that I love.
Mirvan  Ereon
This novel is about the life of an emperor, hence the obvious title. What I want in this novel is the way it chronicles the majesty and the putrefaction of a royal existence. There is a lot to discover here in this pretty gem. Deaths. murder, executions, forbidden love, conspiracies, anarchy and all the interesting things that are usually discussed in length in huge Russian novels but here, they are inexplicably concise and well-written the way the Chinese love to do it.

His books changed me. It
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M/Ðɑηηɑ
4/5

Loved it! One of best historical fiction ever!
I noticed the average rating of this book is 3.44. I think it's so not justified! It was not a bad book at all, and I am afraid some people might reject this book after seeing its very low rating. I suppose the main reason for it is that it is directly translated from Chinese. In Chinese, the rules of grammar are quite different than Latin-based languages, such as English - because there are, for example, not times and such. So - if writing is the
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Baljit
In ancient China, ascendency to the throne is determined by a combination of fate and political manoevuering...so begins the life of the young man who is crowned Emperor of Xie. From his reluctance to be an emperor to his childish antics, his relationships with women of the palace and his friendship with a young enuch...right until he is challenged and forced to leave the palace, he has no peace, no joy. ironically, only with the downfall of his dynasty and the ultimate destruction of the palace ...more
Emiliana
Cannot recall much of the plot after I put it down .
J
might go back to it
Liz Neale
Pretty good. Could not really get into it.
Mara Kartiwa
I should've tried harder in reading this book,,, I didn't finish it because i found it difficult to remember the characters,,, the characters are in chinese names and they all seemed so similar that i had to go back and forth to the first few chapters to remind myself who was who in the book...
Linda Stevens
I read these China books after our trip to China. They were recommended by a historian trying to give the lay person a fairly accurate idea of what life was like there but still be an interesting read. Both "My Life..." and "Empress Orchid" were fascinating.
Clémence
For the 2015 Popsugar reading challenge : a book set in a different country

For the 2015 Read Harder challenge : A book that takes place in Asia
Elizabeth Burgess
A quick read! A twisted, gruesome story but it held my attention (for the most part -- the second half started to drag for me near the end.)
Rachel Matilda
Pretty interesting plot and well written despite unexpected sexual content and the not exactly like-able main character.
Wlwarner
A great read. The real story begins with Part Three (around page 211 of this edition), and it's worth it.
Willem Van Kalsbeek
Het verhaal zit te ver van mijn normale beleving verwijderd om echt goed te vinden
Megan Mcgibney
Well written book. Too bad the main character is highly unlikable.
Shane Serkiz
Quick read. Wonderfully descriptive language but emotionally flat.
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