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Den sidste kejserinde (2007)

af Anchee Min

Serier: Empress Orchid (Book 2)

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Late 19th-century China is a tumultuous land beset by warring enemies--both from beyond its borders and within the fabled walls of the Forbidden City. When her son and adopted son each succumb to early deaths, Orchid reluctantly assumes greater power. While foreign nations like Japan, Russia, France, and England fight for their share of the Chinese spoils, Orchid sees her nation divide into opposing factions. Struggling against sexism and insurgence, only she can keep China from tearing itself apart.… (mere)
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It's quite an ask, covering the collapse of China in a chick-lit type novel. I read the two novels of series straight off, and found the prequel- a world of courtly intrigue and royal doings worked better.
There's a lot of politics; a lot of politicians with similar names; I have some impression of China collapsing from internal strife and foreign incursions, but only a very vague sense.
Wasnt sorry to reach the end. ( )
  starbox | Jun 15, 2021 |
I thought this book was boring, which was especially disappointing because I had enjoyed the first book and was looking forward to this sequel that was more about Orchid running the country after her husband’s death. But the book goes through those decades at a breakneck speed, throwing names, places, and battles at you without much description. Also I thought Orchid felt bland in this compared to her passion in Empress Orchid. Since the events in this book were more internationally known and the Dowager Empress Cixi was vilified in her time, I think Min was trying to portray her in the best possible light. Which I get but a powerful woman doesn’t have to be a saint for her power to be legitimate. Powerful historical female rulers should get descriptions that paint them as human beings, just like their male counterparts, with flaws and struggles of their own making. So basically portraying Orchid as a woman who only ever did anything for the good of others and had to watch helplessly as things fell apart around her is almost as irritating to me as attempts to make her seem like a homicidal monster. Almost. Obviously it’s worse that powerful women=unforgivable demons in historical records but denying them their messy humanity isn’t great either. But mostly this book was just super-boring. If getting this 1st-person insight into her head wasn’t going to lead to anything interesting, I would have preferred reading an actual biography of China’s last empress. ( )
  jobinsonlis | May 11, 2021 |
Told from her point of view. She has many things to consider. The circumstances, the traditions, the courts and foreign pressures. ( )
  nx74defiant | Feb 23, 2020 |
Anchee Min continues the story of the last Chinese Empress much in the same vein as she did in the first book, Empress Orchid. So pretty much everything I stated in review for that book still stands, except that this volume now covers the decades from her cementing of the power to her very last day.

The struggles to keep China together, the intrigues, the yearning for love are still all there, as is the compassionate portrayal of the empress. My feeling of Anchee Min whitewashing, or at least glossing over some of the things the empress did, was still reinforced in this volume.

Yet, after reading this book, I have no trouble believing that the popular image of her as an overly conservative tyrant who brought down the dynasty, is exaggerated. Much of it came from the western press of that time, because it was in the interest of western colonial powers that were bullying China.

All in all, a good series to read if you're interested in China and the end of the dynasty. ( )
  matija2019 | Jan 8, 2019 |
Not as good as Empress Orchid. Took me forever to get through. ( )
  bookishblond | Oct 24, 2018 |
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Late 19th-century China is a tumultuous land beset by warring enemies--both from beyond its borders and within the fabled walls of the Forbidden City. When her son and adopted son each succumb to early deaths, Orchid reluctantly assumes greater power. While foreign nations like Japan, Russia, France, and England fight for their share of the Chinese spoils, Orchid sees her nation divide into opposing factions. Struggling against sexism and insurgence, only she can keep China from tearing itself apart.

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