The Last Empress

by Anchee Min | Literature & Fiction | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 9780747593850 Global Overview for this book
Registered by okyrhoe of Athens - Αθήνα, Attica Greece on 12/10/2009
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Journal Entry 1 by okyrhoe from Athens - Αθήνα, Attica Greece on Thursday, December 10, 2009
"Power is a here-today, gone-tomorrow concept in Chinese history, especially for women. In her previous novel, Empress Orchid, Anchee Min covered the first part of the life of Tzu Hsi, or Empress Orchid. Now, in The Last Empress, the empress is a widow, mother of the only male heir of the now-deceased emperor, and in a formidable position. Still, she must contend with palace intrigue on all fronts; even her eunuchs are bribed. She must put up with the smiling faces of men and women who mean her great harm, and, worst of all, her son takes up with prostitutes and dies of veneral disease. She adopts her nephew to be emperor, treats him like a son, and despairs of his weakness. Constant deceit is not the only difficulty which must be faced: incursions of foreigners and domestic rebellion are also part of this violent period at the end of the 19th century. There is the love-hate relationship with the Japanese, the Boxer Rebellion, and widespread mistrust of Western foreigners. Yet Empress Orchid believes that they must appease these factions in order to preserve the dynasty and the throne. All these problems converge to bring the Ch'ing Dynasty to its eventual demise. "

Journal Entry 2 by okyrhoe from Athens - Αθήνα, Attica Greece on Thursday, December 10, 2009
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Journal Entry 3 by okyrhoe at By Post, By Post -- Controlled Releases on Sunday, February 07, 2010

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On its way to J4shaw, who selected it from the the Contemporary Asian Literature VBB started by ApoloniaX. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 4 by YLY-774301 on Tuesday, February 16, 2010
The book is making a quick detour from J4Shaw to me as I currently also have the first part (Empress Orchid).

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