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Have a read you want to share? Pick up a form at a Vic­to­ria County li­brary or fol­low the for­mat here and email your an­swers to: read@vic­to­ri­a­s­tan­dard.ca

Em­press Dowa­ger Cixi: The Con­cu­bine Who Launched Modern China

by Judy Chang pub­lished by Ran­dom House Canada, 2013

Read by Judy King, Big Bad­deck

Where did you find the book? Li­brary

What is the book about? Em­press Dowa­ger Cixi (18351908) ruled China for over forty years. His­tory books have much ma­ligned her. This book sets the record straight about her great achieve­ments and pos­i­tive legacy for modern China.

What com­pelled you to pick it up? Dis­played on the ta­ble at the li­brary in hon­our of In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day. Like to read bi­og­ra­phy, his­tory about all coun­tries of the world. Liked the cover, too.

What did you en­joy about the book? I found it so in­ter­est­ing that this women so far un­known to me was re­spon­si­ble for bring­ing China into the modern age, through per­sua­sion, not vi­o­lence – in the face of what hap­pened later with com­mu­nism, etc. which is more known to me.

What didn’t live up to ex­pec­ta­tions? Noth­ing. Over­all grade? A+

What will you be read­ing next? Mar­garet Lau­rence’s “A Dance on the Earth: A Mem­oir”

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