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Empress Orchid. Home · Empress Orchid Author: Anchee Min. 52 downloads Views Empress. Read more · Empress · Read more · Empress. Read more . Empress Orchid. Empress Orchid (Series). Book 1. Anchee Min Author Pik-Sen Lim Narrator (). cover image of The Last Empress. Empress Orchid 1 Anchee Min - [FREE] EMPRESS ORCHID 1 ANCHEE MIN In , Cixi participated in the selection for consorts to the Xianfeng Emperor.
Armbruster bio Anchee Min made her literary debut in with a memoir titled Red Azalea, which told the story of her growing up in China during the violent trauma of the Cultural Revolution. Her new memoir, The Cooked Seed, released on 7 May , picks up her story of leaving the shocking deprivations of her homeland to arrive in Chicago without language, money, or a clear path. During the last thirty years in the United States, as she painstakingly taught herself English, Min found her literary voice and established herself as a best-selling writer. In addition to her two memoirs, she has published six novels, many about important women and key events in Chinese history. Anchee Min was born in Shanghai on 14 January
Her official title is Lady of the Greatest Virtue. There are a total of 7 Imperial consorts, and over concubines within the Forbidden City.
Nuharoo is pronounced Empress, ranking her first out of the 7 Imperial consorts. Once in the Forbidden City , Orchid befriends a eunuch called An-te-hai , who is assigned as her servant along with numerous other eunuchs and maids.
A friendship begins to form between the two, and she appoints him as her first attendant. As the months pass, Orchid becomes more desperate.
The official duty of an Imperial consort is to sleep with the Emperor and produce male heirs, but Orchid has yet to be summoned. Without completing that duty, an Imperial consort risks being unacknowledged for the remainder of her life. Her tactic works and she soon becomes the Emperor's favourite consort.
During her time as the favourite, Orchid learns more about the current history of China, and the inner workings of the Forbidden City. Later on within the story, Orchid becomes pregnant.
She gives birth to the Emperor's first male heir Tung Chih amidst nationwide celebration. However, after the birth of his son Emperor Hsien Feng begins to lose interest in Orchid. Part of this is due to Nuharoo's plot to disrupt Orchid's life.
The emperor becomes ill as political situations in China worsen. Foreign powers are beginning to invade China, demanding that the emperor grants them the right to establish trade and port. Now she must rule China as its walls tumble around her, and she alone seems capable of holding the country together. Like that best-selling historical novel, the heroine of Empress Orchid comes down to us with a diabolical reputation -- a woman who seized power through sexual seduction, murder, and endless intrigue.
But reality tells a different story. Based on copious research, this is a vivid portrait of a flawed yet utterly compelling woman who survived in a male world, a woman whose main struggle was not to hold on to power but to her own humanity.
Richly detailed and completely gripping, Empress Orchid is a novel of high drama and lyricism and the first volume of a trilogy about the life of one of the most important women in history. Orchid, a young and whose beauty is compared to that of the orchid flower, finds herself caught up in the Imperial and royal court of the forbidden city, when a royal decree announces that the Emperor is looking for mistresses of pure blood, and since Orchid belonged from the Manchu community but with a mediocre background, she luckily gets chosen by the royal court and hereby commences her life in the palace, where mistresses plot against one another to win the trust of the Emperor by bearing him an heir.
And Orchid must join this race against fertility to make the king happy and to help herself in the royal court filled with jealousy, rage, rivalry and enmity both by the insiders as well as the by the outsiders. Once again, luck plays in favor of Orchid, when she bears the Emperor a son, but sadly the Emperor's failing health takes a toll on him and takes him away too soon from his dear ones as well as from his Empire.
So to save the Forbidden city as well as her 5-year old son, who is not of age to rule a kingdom, Empress Orchid takes over the throne, and like they have forever criticized that she became the reason of downfall of the Chinese kingdom in the hands of the European invaders and rulers, this book tells the truth behind her downfall.
I've always been a fan of Oriental historical fiction, since they are so much rich with beauty, so many elements and oriental flavor that is riveting to read about.
Although Min's book about the last empress of China, which is a fictional story yet based on the real life account of the Empress, is really well layered with custom, culture and culture of the 19th century China, yet somewhere the central character, Empress Orchid, on whim this book is based on, is not at all well developed, rather, she lacks depth.
As for me, I failed to connect with the Imperial queen who became the sole reason for the downfall of the Forbidden city. The writing style of the author is really articulate and laced with enough emotions that will move the readers deeply.
The prose is often lyrical and with a fairly fast pace, the story reads like some intriguing and mystifying fairy tale, only this fairy tale has no happy ending. The dialogues are enchanting and realistic enough to let the readers relate t the characters' voices and plights. There are lot of layers and multi elements that will keep the readers engaged till the very last page.
The backdrop of the Forbidden City is vividly painted with bright hues of colors, rich culture, superstitious customs, servants' whispers, oriental flowers and ponds, everything easily comes alive right before the eyes of the readers.
The author's research is spot on, since the story delves deeper with accurate details about that era's feel. Sadly the characters took a back seat in this story. The story might be very rich, but the characters are extremely dull unlike their bright background.