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Dragon of Heaven [Hardcover]

David Bouchard , Zhong-Yang Huang
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Nov. 15 2002
Here is the fictionalized story of Tz-u-his, better known as the Empress Dowager, the controversial woman who ruled China for almost half a century. This sumptuous book combines 25 majestic oil paintings of the Empress by renowned artist Zhong-Yang Huang with engaging, anecdote-studded text by celebrated storyteller David Bouchard. Tz-u-his (1833-1908) began life as a concubine but managed to rule China while a series of lovers and finally her son actually sat on the throne. In a series of extraordinary, luminous paintings, Zhong-Yang Huang takes us inside the Forbidden Palace as statesmen, courtesans and eunuchs play out the final years of the doomed Ch'ing Dynasty.

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Zhong-Yang Huang was born in China and moved to Canada in 1984. He has exhibited his paintings widely across the globe. His published work includes Buddha in the Garden and the three titles in the Chinese legends series, all collaborations with David Bouchard. David Bouchard is a sought-after speaker and writer who has written more than 20 illustrated books with total sales of 500,000 copies. They include the classics If You're Not from the Prairie and The Elders Are Watching.

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5.0 out of 5 stars An artful marriage of image and text March 26 2004
Format:Hardcover
This is a wide-eyed irreverant look (literally!!) at one of the most enigmatic figures in Chinese 'herstory', and while fictionalized, whets your appetite for a longer, more involved recounting of Cixi's life (for example, like that found in Pearl S. Buck's "Imperial Woman")
The playfulness of the incredibly detailed paintings draws you in and the story does as well. It's sort of like a kid's picture book for adults of a world that is almost within living memory, yet seems centuries removed even from the experience of the Chinese!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An artful marriage of image and text March 26 2004
By F. J. Powell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is a wide-eyed irreverant look (literally!!) at one of the most enigmatic figures in Chinese 'herstory', and while fictionalized, whets your appetite for a longer, more involved recounting of Cixi's life (for example, like that found in Pearl S. Buck's "Imperial Woman")
The playfulness of the incredibly detailed paintings draws you in and the story does as well. It's sort of like a kid's picture book for adults of a world that is almost within living memory, yet seems centuries removed even from the experience of the Chinese!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Was Cixi the last empress? Jan. 26 2009
By Sitthiphon Kruarattikan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I am sorry to say that Cixi was not the last empress/empress dowager/female ruler of China.

The only female ruler of China was Wu Zetian, who became Emperor in 690.

The last empress dowager was Empress Xiao Ding Jing (Longyu), the Guangxu Emperor's consort who became Empress Dowager after Puyi's accession to the throne in 1908.

The last empress was Wanrong, Puyi's consort who got married with him in the early 1920s, a decade after the fall of the dynasty.
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Interpretive Artwork Nov. 19 2008
By Bear One - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I bought this book after reading Catherine Carl's true account of her work as a portrait painter for the last Dowager Empress of China and Pearl Buck's fictionalized-historical novel about the Empress. I was most interested in the illustrators work in this book rather than the text. The book is full of imaginative and absolutely beautiful artistic intrepretations of an idealized Empress and her world. I really love the artists style. The paintings are a supposed look into a hidden and privileged life. The text consists of the very brief poetical-like imaginings of the author as to what the Empress may have thought or said...and who can really know something like that? I'd refer everyone to Catherine Carl's book for an accurate account. I have this book on my shelf with the two books mentioned above. It adds beauty and refreshment and takes off the dull day-to-day edges of a real life story.
5.0 out of 5 stars Such an interesting story! Dec 22 2013
By Luanne Heggs - Published on Amazon.com
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And a beautifully illustrated book.... which is why I purchased it in the first place. But the story is true and everyone in my family loves it!
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