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read Impératrice mobi ↠ Paperback Ä shan sa ¸ Now available with PS Empress is the hugely popular historical novel of one of China’s most controversial historical figures its first female emperor Empress Wu who emerged in the Tang Dynasty and ushered in a golden age Writing with epic assurance poetry and vivid historic Now available with PS Empress is the hugely popular historical novel of one of China’s most controversial historical figures its first female empero This book was lushly written with a meticulous eye for detail but it was little impersonal and distant for me Although the twisted politics were interesting I wasn't engaged at all with any of the characters It was a bit like being underwater hearing a conversation from another roomThere was actually far too much detail about certain ceremonies I started thinking about the paraodic detail in The Princess Bride while I was reading and not enough information on the people involved I didn't really have a sense of personality about anyoneThere is also the fact that I have serious issues with the idea that one person can have what amounts to divine power that a ruler could order anyone in her kingdom to commit suicide and her subjects would do it I found myself reacting very badly to the depictions of the court ranking system and how those of low rank were treated as if they existed only to serveI understand it's a period piece and that those depictions were uite likely accurate but it's one of those things that makes me very grateful I didn't live in that time and place

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F Alexander and Alestria plumbs the psychological and philosophical depths of what it means to be a striving mortal in a tumultuous power hungry world There's a story behind my reading this book I am by habit a reader of 'genre fiction' which means stories about Spaceman Gort and the Flying Death Pygmies of Planet Bimbotron and things like that At the Barnes and Noble I typically shop for books at the Spaceman Gort section is crammed far into the back covered in cobwebs and filled with a droning voice that tells you how ashamed you should be for reading this drivel Perhaps I exaggerateOn the way to Spaceman Gort and the lovely ladies of Planet Bimbotron you have to cross a gauntlet of pretentiousness known as the Literature Section filled with proper works of Lih trah chuh On one trip through this minefield of horrors I happened to notice a book by Anne Rice I think it was Interview with a Vampire In the Literature section So apparently if you want to read Heinlein books you have to trudge to the Genre Ghetto but if you want to read about bisexual mulatto vampires sucking each other blood you perv on Bourbon Street the Literature section is for you So I was naturally perturbed and I started wondering what was so gosh darn special about these silly lihtrahchuh books anyway How could they compete with Heinlein Norton Clarke Lee Asimov So I decided I would try for once to actually read Literature But I wasn't willing to actually move or look around too much so I was limited to whatever was in arm's reach of Anne Rice The snazzy cover immediately drew me towards Empress Cute asian girl on cover check Written by a woman from communist china check who emmigrated to France big check to make paintings check of weird indistinct monochrome blobs check The book was original written in French humongous check and was historical fiction about the first female Empress of China Huh That actually sounded interesting So I grabbed the book tucked it under my meaty arm and headed off After finishing a genre book or two I finally turned to Empress with a little trepidation This was no ordinary reading No this was a serious meeting from the ambassador of Planet Literary Snob The book definitely has poetic prose but it doesn't gush as much as say a Stephen King book where it takes ten pages to describe someone opening a door The writing style even translated from another language is uite beautiful which I suppose is an important part of literature Now the narrative and characterization the parts that matter most in Spaceman Gort Land I personally found the characters uite emotive while some people found them dry I liked it The plot moved along at a good pace and focused on courtly intrigue in the Gynaceum of the Chinese Emperor Very sumptious lots of focus on gowns and decoration and the pageantry of it all and scheming schemersOne thing I found sort of dare I say precious Is it sexist of me to call a female writer from ChinaFrance precious It probably is Oh well The Empress described is the ONLY female empress China has ever had An AMAZING amount of people around her vanish and die in ways that are very convenient to her pursuit of power and the author does a tremendous tapdancing act to try to pretend she had little if nothing to do with it All the good things she did all the bad things George Bush did apparently I find this um highly doubtful You don't wind up as the only female Empress of China by a weird twist of fate you get there over the dead bodies of the men and women less ambitious and careful than youSo I'm not sure how realistic it was but I very much enjoyed the book even if it was a bit naive at times Even though there were no robots flying death pygmies demon sorcerers alien invaders or bimbotronians I dare I say it Enjoyed the book Enough that I keep an eye out for other books by this author So I would say the Ambassador from Planet Literature did a good job of representing for her people TLDR If you like courtly intrigue enjoy Chinese culture and don't mind books without robots or demons this is something you would enjoy

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ImpératriceR Empress Wu who emerged in the Tang Dynasty and ushered in a golden age Writing with epic assurance poetry and vivid historic detail Shan Sa author o “My carriage was already traveling through eternity I was tiny alone and naked I was moving toward a god and an empire”There’s something deeply compelling about someone’s rise from obscurity to power be they evil or good especially if the obscurity is great and the power is immense When that rise to power involves a woman who raises herself to a position no woman was ever meant to hold well count me inThis is a fictionalized account of a piece of apparently often neglected Chinese history; Empress Wu It’s a beautiful novel told in lush and evocative prose – a prose that is at times a little too poetic and removed from the people it talks about although very fitting for the type of story it tells It’s a truly grand and compelling look at Empress Wu or Heavenlight’s journey inside the walls of the Forbidden City as lover to concubines and emperors as mother of a nation as an Empress destined to lead her people to prosperity and glory Shan Sa tells the story with conviction and power easily portraying the intricate and delicate web the court of any Emperor or Empress is made of how one false step or moment of distraction can mean your downfall and humiliation To place oneself on such a seat of power to rule a nation means to adopt a style of swift brutality whether it be just or not Empress Wu’s life her real life is of course obscured by the passing of time as well as attempts at covering up her reign and obviously the misogyny of historians past or present It’s not something I know a lot about however so I’ll talk about this specific book instead But a lot of the things we do know about her life are shrouded in mystery or ambiguity And the style the way it was told added to the sense that you we’re all merely riding on the wings of history that this life is but a moment of eternity as well as a moment that will last eternally And Sa’s constant juxtaposition of death and immortality of private and public is necessary and wonderfully done Nonetheless any historical figure with this much power commanding such a nation and ruling it with such an iron fist deserves a book such as this My one wish and the reason I could never uite get it to 5 stars is that the prose despite being beautiful and perfectly fitting often obscured the character of Empress Wu I never at any point felt I knew what sort of person she was what she believed in what toll it took on her to do the things she had to do to protect herself her nation and her family I understand this might have been a conscious choice As we know very little of Empress Wu or what she was really like designing her character based on what scraps we have might have felt dishonest – or maybe it’s to signal that she defies characterization That she slipped into and out of roles depending on the situation Or maybe it’s a style and something was lost in translation Sadly it made me feel detached from her and her story I felt as if I was looking at it from afar and less like I was in the middle of it because so often the emotions were subdued Empress Wu felt very little like a real person to me with real emotions and dreams and that I regret but perhaps it was necessary It’s entirely a uestion of personal taste I think And it did add to the sweeping consuming feeling of it as if you were inside a poem an ancient poem telling the story of things ling forgotten It was beautiful but in a detached way The somewhat shallow – or rather ambiguous – characterization of Empress Wu and most other characters too was as I’ve said a perfect fit for the grandeur the massive scale of her reign and the superficiality of the court how everyone hides behind fake pleasantries and masks while they plot your downfall that this novel had to portray And Empress is majestic splendid lush relentless and beautiful in all the ways you’d expect it to be An excellent fictional look at a neglected but fantastic piece of history and a wonderful way to get swept away by the winds of history It’s a stunning work You should read it