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Empress Orchid
by Anchee Min | Women's Fiction
Registered by wingPlum-crazywing of Brighouse, West Yorkshire United Kingdom on 10/14/2012
Average 8 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

status (set by VictoriaJAck): available

2 journalers for this copy...

Journal Entry 1 by wingPlum-crazywing from Brighouse, West Yorkshire United Kingdom on Saturday, May 11, 2013

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Gritty crime thrillers are my favourite genre but I decided it was time for a change of scene & a book about 19th century China seemed the ideal choice!

This was a fascinating read into a way of life that is so very far removed from anything I could imagine. The Forbidden City, beautiful as it sounded, was also a place of corruption & violence & to live adhering to all it's rules & traditions cannot have been easy - especially for Orchid where her son was concerned.


Journal Entry 2 by wingPlum-crazywing at HSBC Bank Plc in Brighouse, West Yorkshire United Kingdom on Sunday, September 15, 2013

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Released 4 yrs ago (9/18/2013 UTC) at HSBC Bank Plc in Brighouse, West Yorkshire United Kingdom


Added to the book sale at the Brighouse branch of HSBC.

This book has been given as a donation to a book sale to raise funds for the Forget-Me-Not Children's Hospice. HSBC staff in the area are raising funds for the Hospice & the bank will match the money raised £ for £. If you bought the book, thanks for helping us support this very worthwhile cause.

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Journal Entry 3 by VictoriaJAck at Brighouse, West Yorkshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, October 29, 2013

8 out of 10

The subject of the book is so fascinating ,that I finished it and enjoyed it. However,in parts the timescale seemed very confusing , especially when the Emperor died. Only a month had passed, but the way it was written it seemed like much longer. In other parts I found myself skim reading due to the way it was written. But I'd recommend it as a glimpse into an amazing world.It's hard do to imagine how this culture had developed, especially the cruel tradition of eunuchs and multiple concubines for the Emperor. It seems to have been a world where the life of ordinary people wasn't valued, elaborate rituals suffocate the human spirit and fantasy and reality become indistinguishable. 

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