A summary of the novel empress orchid by anchee min

In this highly ordered place -- tradition-bound, ruled by strict etiquette, rife with political and erotic tension -- the Emperor, "the Son of Heaven," performs two duties: he must rule the court and conceive an heir. How does Orchid We hope the following questions will stimulate discussion for reading groups and provide a deeper understanding of Empress Orchid for every reader.

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To achieve the latter, tradition provides a stupendous hierarchy of hundreds of wives and concubines. Orchid gets a chance to better her life when Emperor Hsien Feng issues a decree stating that he is looking for "future mates". In this "absorbing companion piece to her novel Becoming Madame Mao" New York Times , readers and reading groups will once again be transported by Min's lavish evocation of the Forbidden City in its last days of imperial glory and by her brilliant portrait of a flawed yet utterly compelling woman who survived, and ultimately dominated, a male world. Empress Orchid wields the tools of power as well as any man, truly amazing in her rise from abject poverty to the pinnacle of power on the throne of China. Though related to the Manchus, her family faces poverty until Hsien surprisingly selects Orchid. Deeply perturbed, China's rulers - all of them men - soon weighed in to criticise the show's historical heresies. Early in the novel, Orchid hears a beggar singing: "To give it up is to accept your fate. His death left Orchid, her two siblings and her mother in poverty. Instead, the inner circle has turned further inward, naively confident that its troubles are past and the glory of China will keep the "barbarians" -- the outsiders -- at bay. Orchid is eligible because she is Manchu and that her father was the rank of "Blue Bannerman". Once in Peking, they move in with a distant uncle and his mentally retarded and opium addicted son Ping also known as 'Bottle'. It focuses on Tzu Hsi's life as a young concubine, one of many women competing for the attentions of ''our husband,'' Emperor Hsien Feng. It is difficult to accept this portrayal, given the constant rationalizing of the Empress, cerebral and passionless unless manufactured emotion serves a purpose. Her journey is enduring, but she is the one who fails to connect the readers with her heart breaking journey. Emperor Hsien Feng dies whilst in exile.

The story begins with the death of her father who was once a governor of Wuhu. A friendship begins to form between the two, and she appoints him as her first attendant.

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The dialogues are enchanting and realistic enough to let the readers relate t the characters' voices and plights. 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.

Emperor Hsien Feng dies whilst in exile. Anchee Min's Empress Orchid is the tale of an extraordinary Manchu girl who is selected as one of the seven wives of Emperor Hsien Feng in The weak emperor is unable to defend his empire from the combined strength of the intruding forces and the royal family flees the capital when the enemies approach Peking.

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The writing style of the author is really articulate and laced with enough emotions that will move the readers deeply. Not until later did I learn that my father was not totally to blame. Meanwhile the Emperor Hsien Feng decrees that he seeks a wife who must have royal blood so that the offspring are purebred Manchu. Beyond the palace walls, meanwhile, China is being torn apart by western invaders and domestic rebellion. It focuses on Tzu Hsi's life as a young concubine, one of many women competing for the attentions of ''our husband,'' Emperor Hsien Feng. Orchid is eligible because she is Manchu and that her father was the rank of "Blue Bannerman". 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. Nuharoo is pronounced Empress, ranking her first out of the 7 Imperial consorts. The emperor becomes ill as political situations in China worsen. How does Orchid Rather, she is driven to protect her son's lineage and her own dominance. After all, she claims, ''terror was needed in order to make a statement. Min introduces the beautiful Tzu Hsi, known as Orchid, and weaves an epic tale about the country girl who seized power through seduction, murder, and endless intrigue.

After all, she claims, ''terror was needed in order to make a statement. Min introduces the beautiful Tzu Hsi, known as Orchid, and weaves an epic of a country girl who seized power through seduction, murder, and endless intrigue.

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Empress Orchid (Empress Orchid, #1) by Anchee Min