The Last Empress (Empress Orchid #2)
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 Yehonalaor Empress Orchid, as readers cam...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
"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...more
Proving once again that historical fiction is wonderfully educational as well as wonderfully entertaining, I’ve now had a look inside the late-nineteenth-century decline and fall of the Chinese empire. I knew something of the opium wars and the western...more
bagian pertengahan lanjutan dari perjuangan seorang anggrek untuk menstabilkan kekacauan negara Cina akibat kesalahpahaman dan adu domba politik yang berujung pada peperangan dan penjajahan negara Cina oleh Inggris dan sekutu.
memang pada akhirnya beberapa bagian negara Cina berhasil diduduki oleh negara Inggris (dan sebagainyalah, saya lupa juga :D), akan tetapi anggrek tetap mampu mempertahankan harga diri bangsa dan berjuang hingga ajal menjempu...more
Povijest ju inače prikazuje kao ženu zmaj, međutim autorica je uspjela objansiti i zašto se Orhideja morala tako predstavljat...more
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Author: An Chee Min
Di sekuel ini Anchee Min meneruskan perjalanan panjang Anggrek aka Lady Yehonala, Tzu Chi, Ci Xi, dan Dragon Lady.
Min menggambarkan diri sang maharani sebagai sosok yang rapuh namun berkemauan besar untuk mempertahankan Cina dari kehancuran yang sedang dihadapi. Perjuangannya menjadikan anaknya Tung Cih sebagai kaisar yang besar Cina dan Guang Shu sebagai penerusnya.
Lembaran awal buku ini dimulai dengan eposide kematian ibuny...more
The struggles to keep China together, the intrigues, the yearning for love are still all there, as is the compassionate portrayal of the empress. My feeling of Anchee Min whitewashing, or at least glo...more
Every mother wishes the best...more
I didn't enjoy this book as much as the first. I think the main reason is that it felt rushed. The book follows the Empress from her late twenties until her death at age 73, therefore there was a large amount of ground to cover and I think it would have been better in two books rather than cramming it into one.
The story itself was still fascinating. The Empress i...more
I found t...more
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...more
Apparently the author was absent the day they gave the lecture on "Show-Don't Tell" in her creative writing class. I cringe saying this, knowing that she spent some of her early years in a Chinese labor camp (a horrid reason for missing vitally important instruction, if you plan on writing an engaging novel). I was hoping a historical fiction about Late Im...more
The minute u hear the title the last empress, u think of power,u think of the empress's imperious legacy she leaves in this dying world, but wht lies behind this imperious title is a melancholic and saturnine and grim end to her glorious beginning.
Like a sakura tree without its blossoms, this books has lots its charm. just black twigs and branches left , charm which lingered there has vanished.
Anchee min has stated th...more
The common Empirical Chinese novels are interesting up to a point and then they all tend to read the same...Chinese Royal family segregated from the rest of China, Women segregated from men, Machiave...more
She achieved her status by virtue of having given the late emperor the only male heir and stays atop that greasy pole with luck, pluck and the loyalty of a couple of e...more
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...more