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Empress

Empress

Empress

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“McCune has recreated the splendor and intrigue of the imperial court in the Tang dynasty…giving us entertaining and informative access to a brilliant time and a complex woman.”
JEFFREY RIEGEL
Chair, Department of East Asian Languages
University of California, Berkeley
Sweeping through exotic, turbulent seventh-century China, EMPRESS is the captivating epic of one extraordinary woman who would become the only female emperor in all of China’s history. The story of Wu Jao, set agains

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3 comments on “Empress

  1. 4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Please don’t judge the book by its cover., December 3, 2004
    By 
    belle (nyc) –

    This review is from: Empress (Paperback)

    While the cover may be a thousand years off, we would do well to attribute this mistake to the publisher not the author. As a scholar currently researching the Empress Wu Zetian I can tell you that coming up with historical information on her can be tricky and difficult. Yet, Evelyn McCune does a masterful job of filling in the historical outlines of Wu’s life into a believable and somewhat plausible (although a bit romantic) account. If the job of historical fiction is to make historical sympathetic, then McCune certainly achieves this end- a laudable feat given that the historical figure in question was one of the most violent and ruthless despots in Chinese history. McCune not only humanizes Wu Zetian, but justifies many of her actions (even if some of the less noble moments are glossed over.) The book should not to be taken as the gospel truth, but it is a very enjoyable novel. Then again, that’s why they call it historical *fiction* isn’t it?

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  2. 3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Empress, December 15, 1999
    By 
    Summer

    This review is from: Empress (Paperback)

    The novel, Empress, by Evelyn McCune, is an extraordinary epic of one woman’s journey through life to become a powerful ruler of China. This story begins with the young Wu Jao, an insignificant child, who is summoned to the palace to become one of Emperor Taitsung’s new concubines. Because of Wu Jao’s honesty, intelligence and logic, combined with her innocence and beauty, she earns the friendship and love of the great emporer. Upon his death though, she finds herself banished to a convent.

    The new emperor, Emperor Kaotsung, remembers Wu Jao from his childhood, how fond of her he was, and sends for her to return to the palace. When she returns, she finds herself in a place of horror. She fights for justice in this land that has changed for the worse since Emperor Taitsung’s death. Evelyn McCune writes wonderful descriptions of seventh-century China, both the land and customs, and the character of Wu Jao is bold, strong and inspiring, though she doesn’t go into much depth on other characters. Some parts were long while reading, but this is a novel rich in content and enchantment. She combines sophistication with treachery and creates the perfect atmosphere for her story. This was a wonderful reading experience.

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  3. 2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    book cover, May 13, 2005
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    Lynn (portland or) –

    This review is from: Empress (Paperback)

    A cover illustration that is off by a thousand years creates a credibility problem. Imagine the reaction if an author in China wrote a biography about George Washington, but the cover illustration had him wearing Abe Lincoln’s outfit. The artist and publisher would be scorned for not doing research. Accuracy in visual and costume detail is every bit as important as accuracy in content.

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