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Saturday, 17 July 2010

Empress Orchid & The Last Empress by Anchee Min

Do you remember Mamarazzi's post on buying The Last Empress book from Bookalicious last month?

Quite some time ago, Mamarazzi bought the book Empress Orchid from BookXcess at RM14-90. Then the other days she saw part two of the book at Bookalicious. She grabbed it. Rather expensive at RM35-50, despite the buy 2 free 1 offer.

Mamarazzi love the book Empress Orchid very much. It tells the tale of Orchid, a girl who went to become the Empress of China. Her family become poor after the death of her father. She was being forced to marry her cousin. Her only escape and to help her family was to go into the Forbidden City to become the Emperor's Concubine.

Mamarazzi said those who were selected to enter the Forbidden City are very beautiful and have tiny feet which they call Lotus Feet. Not like my big foot.See! Nearly the same size as Mamarazzi's foot already.

Pity Orchid. She was bullied a lot. A lot of stress and tension living in the Forbidden City. But she was a tough cookie. She managed to attract the Emperor's affection and after a lot of ding dong, she become the Empress.

She was a target of envy and jealousy. Those who hated her portray her as the evil Dragon Lady.

At the ending she lost her husband and her lover to unavoidable circumstances.

In the second book, The Last Empress, Orchid was like this tub of Asam Pedas Fish. Though coloring is light but cukup pedas. Thank you, Mommy Yen.

A lot of politics scene. Everything she did, she was criticised. Even for things that was not her doing. Like there was no way out. But Orchid was tough. She managed the situation the best she can.

Mamarazzi didn't like this book as it made her feel depressed. Too much politics.

Hm....I wonder what book will Mamarazzi read next


  1. I watched The Last Empress from the movie many years ago. Yes, agree, many politics involved.
    Btw, May I know any relation of this bowl of curry fish with the story in this blog. :)

  2. hrm...sounds like a good book. AngeLBeaR will fly to KL again next week...will try to find some time to visit Bookxcess again. =)

  3. i remember i liked reading 'empress orchid'. looking forward to read anchee min's other books. her latest is about pearl s. buck, author of 'the good earth' (another depressing chinese book but very nice if you like those kind lol).

  4. I also wonder whats next! :D

  5. Ooo...nice assam fish! Last Empress? Last Emperor, I know lah... Got movie! LOL!!!

  6. She didn't bind her feet in this story. Strange thing...

  7. Shenny's Mommy

    The Asam fish is like the Empress lo. Looks mild but can be very pedas

  8. Manglish

    Now it's with Cleff, Guess by the time you come back she can finish gua

  9. Angel Bear

    I like Empress Orchid better than The Last Empress. Orchid was about her early years while Empress is aout her later year and too much politic

  10. uLi

    Many more coming soon kekeke

  11. SuLyn

    I dont like much of Empress coz too much politic

  12. STP

    Got Last Empress..the Chi Hei Thai Hao

  13. i also have that "The Last Empress" book with me, it's a nice read.. and i got it at only RM19.90 from MPH, very very worth it~~

  14. SK

    Mamarazzi preferred Empress Orchid rather than The Last Empress. Coz too much politic. Pity the Empress. Kena boom-bang from every corner.

  15. I think i have watched too much of this movie talking about the politics and relations in the forbidden city...

  16. Mommy Ling

    Ya lo but this one is fiction la

  17. I loved Empress Orchid and The Last Empress! :D Great historical read! I recommend The White Queen and The Red Queen from Cousin's War series by Philippa Gregory! Very good! The White Queen is my favorite all time read! :)

    1. I heard about that too. Will be looking out for the books at BBWS


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