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The Last Empress by Anchee Min
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Nov 18, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: library
Read from November 18 to 21, 2010

The sequel to 'Empress Orchid'. I enjoyed this just as much as it's predecessor. As before it was often difficult to remember that it is a fictional account, and not fact. She became a very sympathetic character and I really felt for her - both for all the tragedies she had to overcome, and for the weight on her shoulders. The end note was very interesting as well - sad that she was really all that was holding China together.
I will definitely now read more on the history of China, these two books have really intrigued me and I'd love to read more about her life (of what is known) and previous emperors, and about the Opium Wars and later battles with Japan, Russia, England, France, et al.

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