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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


Shenny's mommy July 17, 2010 at 12:19 AM  

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. :)

AngeL BeaR July 17, 2010 at 1:53 AM  

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

manglish July 17, 2010 at 7:29 AM  

pinjam pinjam AHAHAHHAHAHA

nylusmilk July 17, 2010 at 8:58 AM  

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).

uLi.佑莉 July 17, 2010 at 12:47 PM  

I also wonder whats next! :D

Anonymous July 17, 2010 at 8:10 PM  

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

cleffairy July 18, 2010 at 5:46 AM  

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

smallkucing July 18, 2010 at 9:29 AM  

Shenny's Mommy

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

smallkucing July 18, 2010 at 9:31 AM  

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

smallkucing July 18, 2010 at 9:32 AM  


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

smallkucing July 18, 2010 at 9:33 AM  


I dont like much of Empress coz too much politic

smallkucing July 18, 2010 at 9:33 AM  


Many more coming soon kekeke

smallkucing July 18, 2010 at 9:34 AM  


Got Last Empress..the Chi Hei Thai Hao

smallkucing July 18, 2010 at 9:34 AM  


Fiction mah...not bio

[SK] July 18, 2010 at 11:21 PM  

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~~

smallkucing July 19, 2010 at 9:05 AM  


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

Mommy Ling July 20, 2010 at 8:52 AM  

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

smallkucing July 20, 2010 at 10:24 PM  

Mommy Ling

Ya lo but this one is fiction la

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Inherited the title "Smallkucing" from Mamarazzi who initially started this blog without any aim and direction till I came along. Now I am Small Kucing who loves to go gai-gai be it for warehouse sale chasing, makan-ing or sight seeing. Caution : You might come across occasional mad ranting by Mamarazzi. Any food/restaurant or book reviews in this blog is OUR OWN PERSONAL COMMENTS AND MAY NOT REPRESENT THE TRUTH.

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