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Empress Orchid by Anchee Min
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Well, this was kind of fun, except that I don't really believe in this version of Cixi. Why is that the authors of historical fiction are afraid to show their heroes as scheming, cunning, ruthless people they were, and end up excusing and sanitizing them? I doubt Cixi was this goody-goody girl in her youth; I don't want to say she must have been evil or anything of the sort, but she must have been cleverer and more entertaining than that.

I liked the details of the court life, and the relationship of the mother and son was well done. But surely the story of the concubine in the jar doesn't belong there? I know that empresses Lü and Wu were guilty of this kind of thing, but that was about one thousand years earlier than Cixi's times. Anyone know anything?
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Reading Progress

August 10, 2013 – Shelved
August 10, 2013 – Shelved as: to-read
August 14, 2013 – Started Reading
August 18, 2013 – Finished Reading
December 26, 2014 – Shelved as: contemporary-literature
December 26, 2014 – Shelved as: east-asia
December 26, 2014 – Shelved as: historical-fiction
December 26, 2014 – Shelved as: my-own-books
July 25, 2015 – Shelved as: china
August 30, 2018 – Shelved as: women-writers

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David I'm always seeing this in bookshops! I'm looking for Mishima, just to see what they've got.


Tocotin I'm Cixi's fan (OK, maybe not a fan, but I like reading about her...), so I had to get it.


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