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Posted January 13, 2009
Highly Glorified and not realistic....tries to hard to make Empress seem innocent
This book first of all is a highly glorified attempt to paint the Empress Orchid=Cixi in a favorable light making excuses for her crimes in history or covering them up. I would not by far count this as realistic in any way. It has been proven now that the Emperor Guang-Xsu was poisoned with arsenic by Empress Cixi, that she forced him into a marriage he did not like, and that she had drowned the woman he did love.In the book this woman sas "i'm going to committ suicie" and goes and jumps in a well...umm yeah not according to history! In the book all of this is glazed over ...it is so unrealistic. Another thing is Empress Cian or Neharoo was a well love Empress who was poisoned by Cixi so she could take over full power behind the empire. In the book Anchee minn paints EMpress Cian as an idiot/air head who has no clue over politics and she dies of the flu. Sorry Anchee Minn you can't distort history in order to make your main character appealing and have a happy ending. I would not recommend this hogwash...!
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Posted December 1, 2010
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