The Last Empress
The last decades of the nineteenth century were a violent period in China’s history, marked by humiliating foreign incursions and domestic rebellions and ending in the demise of the Ch’ing Dynasty. The only constant during this tumultuous time was the power wielded by one woman, the resilient,... show more
The last decades of the nineteenth century were a violent period in China’s history, marked by humiliating foreign incursions and domestic rebellions and ending in the demise of the Ch’ing Dynasty. The only constant during this tumultuous time was the power wielded by one woman, the resilient, ever-resourceful Tsu Hsi -- or Empress Orchid, as readers came to know her in Anchee Min’s critically acclaimed, best-selling novel covering her rise to power.The Last Empress is the story of Orchid’s dramatic transition from a strong-willed, instinctive young woman to a wise and politically savvy leader who ruled China for more than four decades. In this concluding volume Min gives us a compelling, very human leader who assumed power reluctantly and sacrificed all to protect those she loved and an empire that was doomed to die.
Publish date: April 7th 2008
Publisher: Mariner Books
Pages no: 336
Edition language: English
, Historical Fiction
, 19th Century
, Asian Literature
Series: Empress Orchid (#2)
Bullet Review:So bittersweet at the end. The biggest problem with this though was how hurried and rushed it felt in places. When Min was given the time to flesh out a scene and spend time in it, THAT was pure gold.Full Review:Empress Orchid (Empress Dowager Cixi) has lost her beloved husband, the Em...
At times, I found myself getting tried of the book, and then there would be this wonderful passage of sheer poetry.This continues the story of Orchid. At times, it feels like Anchee Min is going down a checklist, but I did like the use of perspective as well as whether or not to trust the voice. I...
This book was a real let down after the first one. It was completely about politics, and whereas the first book was very vibrant and colourful, this was just dull. The amount of names got quite confusing, Min could've done with a list at the beginning or end of the book somewhere, just explaining wh...
Although not as enjoyable as Empress Orchid, it was still an incredible story!
Carries on from Empress Orchid (http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/23326978), starting soon after her husband dies, leaving her and the (principal) empress to govern in lieu of her young son.