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My Last Empress by Da Chen
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Apr 24, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: read-historical
Read from April 27 to 30, 2012

This is a book that has a rather unlikeable 'hero' and yet it is still entrancing and captivating.

Pickens is a character that I guess you can love to hate. Some of his choices and his views make me shudder, but his story is an interesting one that kept me turning the pages despite my dislike of him.

What really made this book for me, though, is the prose. It is utterly beautiful and poetic: a joy to read. I loved Chen's descriptions; the way he set the scene and painted a portrait of the characters in this wonderful language that was familiar and yet also hinted at the mysteries Pickens faces as he travels to the East.

If you like literary fiction in Oriental settings, I can definitely recommend this book. It was a very good read.

I received this book as a free e-book ARC via NetGalley.
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