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The Last Empress: A Novel

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  • Posted September 28, 2009

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    Historically Accurate

    This book takes you through the life of the last empress orchid. It is actually a sequal to the book Empress Orchid. I read this book first I plan on reading the first one though. It is very accurate I looked up Emrpess Tzu Hsi (empress orchid) and she did exist and EVERYTHING that happend in the book was accurate it matched up with everything I looked up about this empress online. It is very interesting it is a great read if your a history fanatic especailly if your into ancient chinese history. Make sure you dont make the same mistake I did tho, read the book Empress Orchid first then this one, this is a sequel.

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  • Posted May 9, 2010

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    a nineteenth century story in china

    the last empress was a very interesting story as well as the hero, Empress Dowager Cixi (later known as Empress Orchid). it takes place in china during the 19th century as the the Ch'ing Dynasty was comin to an end. it begins by tellin about the loss of her mother. she later encounters another number of great losses (her son tung chih, her husband & later her nephew just 2 name a few). orchid had a servant/eunuch, An-te-hai, who was very true 2 her (and brave i mite add). i was sad when his life came 2 an end & can understand why orchid cried bout his loss & why she cared so much 4 him (i would have 2). her next servant (at the moment i cant recall his name) was just as kind 2 her but cant compare 2 An-te-hai who i felt thru out the book could never be replaced. orchid seemed 2 b the real leader in this book. guang-hsu, her adopted son (who is also her nephew) went thru alot himself as a child. he was rescued by his aunt (orchid) & was chosen by her 2 become the next emperor & would go 2 her for alot of advice. the story continues tellin bout guang-hsu's life as well as hers. on 14 Nov, 1908 she encounters another loss & this is of her nephew & then the next day it is hers. i learned alot bout the history that took place & after readin this last empress i just had 2 go out & buy Empress Orchid.

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  • Posted February 17, 2009

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    Good Book

    As someone has mentioned here that this book is not in accordance with historic events I wouldn't know that, because I know practically nothing about China, its history and culture. But I thought that the book was one of the best I've read in a while. While reading it I could emagine the palace (or at least how I saw it), the events that when on.... The language was good: not too simply and not too hard to read....<BR/>Otherwise, if I knew more about China I would probably critisize the book much more (that's what i do with the French history novels....lol)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2007

    Must read book for all women!!

    Thank you Anchee Min for your beautifully written books. They are sensitive, compassionate, detailed and very historical. You have opened new information and insights to the world and have become very valuable. My name is Kyoko Yamanouchi born in Peking, China. When my family ran from Mao to Korea to catch boat back to Japan, they left with nothing but one scroll painted by the Last Empress.

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