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Forbidden passion and treachery in imperial China.

Empress Orchid's unique feature is its captivating portrayal of imperial China, as well as its dynamic heroine who rises from poverty to power in the Forbidden City. It is a great read for lovers of historical fiction and those interested in Chinese history. The book has been praised for its vivid descriptions and the author's skillful blend of fact and fiction. Readers have also commended its portrayal of female empowerment.

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ISBN: 9780747568339
Authors: Anchee Min
Date of Publication: 2005-01-01
Format: Paperback
Goodreads rating: 3.89
(rated by 24466 readers)

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The story of the infamous last empress of China, by the author of the best-selling Becoming Madame Mao It is the final days of the Chinese empire. Trade in opium with Europe is slowly corroding the power of the Ch'ing Dynasty. Orchid, a beautiful seventeen-year-old from an aristocratic but impoverished family, is pushed into the maelstrom when she finds herself unexpectedly chosen to become a low-ranking concubine of the emperor. "The Empress Orchid is the story of a fascinating, strong-willed woman who for generations has been vilified as a grand seductress and murder. Anchee Min draws a vivid portrait of a flawed yet utterly compelling woman and, through her life, of the world of the Chinese court and the sexual and political lives of the royal concubines. Richly detailed and completely gripping, this is a novel of high drama and lyricism.
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Forbidden passion and treachery in imperial China.

Empress Orchid's unique feature is its captivating portrayal of imperial China, as well as its dynamic heroine who rises from poverty to power in the Forbidden City. It is a great read for lovers of historical fiction and those interested in Chinese history. The book has been praised for its vivid descriptions and the author's skillful blend of fact and fiction. Readers have also commended its portrayal of female empowerment.