The Last Manchu: The Autobiography of Henry Pu Yi, Last Emperor of China

The Last Manchu: The Autobiography of Henry Pu Yi, Last Emperor of China❰Epub❯ ❤ The Last Manchu: The Autobiography of Henry Pu Yi, Last Emperor of China Author Pu Yi – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk The Last Manchu is the extraordinarily fascinating account of imperial life by Henry Pu Yi, the last Emperor of China who ascended to the throne at the age of two Ties in with the blockbuster movie di Manchu: The PDF/EPUB ä The Last Manchu is the extraordinarily fascinating account of imperial life by Henry Pu Yi, the last Emperor of China who ascended to the throne at the age of two Ties in with the blockbuster movie directed by Bernardo Bertolucci Last Tango in Paris. Ever since watching The Last Emperor, I ve kind of been obsessed with court life in imperial China, so I decided to read about it straight from the horse s mouth in this autobiography by China s last emperor, PuYi Sure, the ridiculously opulent palace lifestyle was fascinating, and his descriptions of empress tyrant Tzi Chi entertainingly creepy, but PuYi s fall from absolute power was evengripping This was a man who had complete control over millions of people, lost it during the revo Ever since watching The Last Emperor, I ve kind of been obsessed with court life in imperial China, so I decided to read about it straight from the horse s mouth in this autobiography by China s last emperor, PuYi Sure, the ridiculously opulent palace lifestyle was fascinating, and his descriptions of empress tyrant Tzi Chi entertainingly creepy, but PuYi s fall from absolute power was evengripping This was a man who had complete control over millions of people, lost it during the revolution of 1911, and foolishly tried to gain it back in vain It s impressive how someone with such entitlement could eventually write with such honesty and humility In one chapter, for instance, he admits, Although I had many court mothers, I never knew a mother s love I really felt for him for someone so powerful, he never received the most basic form of human care This is a pretty fascinating journey through China s sometimes brutal transition into modernity From the machinations of the dying Qing court, to the prison like royal palace of the Japanese puppet state of Manchukuo, to a communist brain washing center, the reader gets to live vicariously through quite a bit I m sure there are even weirder parts of his story that couldn t be told, and his wholehearted enthusiasm for Marxism toward the end of the book cannot be separated from his survival inst This is a pretty fascinating journey through China s sometimes brutal transition into modernity From the machinations of the dying Qing court, to the prison like royal palace of the Japanese puppet state of Manchukuo, to a communist brain washing center, the reader gets to live vicariously through quite a bit I m sure there are even weirder parts of his story that couldn t be told, and his wholehearted enthusiasm for Marxism toward the end of the book cannot be separated from his survival instinct and the needs of the communist party at the time But this obsequiousness also fits him completely Pu Yi was a survivor because of his chameleon like ability to ingratiate himself with any faction Warlords, monarchists, the Russians, the Japanese and the CCP all saw him asvaluable alive than dead so long as he played the part Though he was always told he was all powerful and all important, he really seems to have been a prisoner in a gilded cage even from childhood Perhaps living out his last years as an ordinary man actually was a blessing Amazing book Managed to suck me in from the beginning to the end, I wasn t bored for one moment It was what started a deep fascination with the Qing Dynasty for me My favorite book ever Read it, you won t be disappointed. You could almost feel the party official standing over his shoulder as he wrote it. view spoiler Bettie s Books hide spoiler view spoiler Bettie s Books hide spoiler A study of what happens when an ordinary human is thrust into a tempestuous life Pu Yi is a colorless, ambition free, mediocre non entity who happens to be endowed with the position of importance As such, he is the poster child for the inadvisability of hereditary power I struggled to finish the book, even had to take a Robert Crais break in the middle to regain my interest Pu s story takes place during times of great change in China the rottenness of dying empire, Japanese occupation and A study of what happens when an ordinary human is thrust into a tempestuous life Pu Yi is a colorless, ambition free, mediocre non entity who happens to be endowed with the position of importance As such, he is the poster child for the inadvisability of hereditary power I struggled to finish the book, even had to take a Robert Crais break in the middle to regain my interest Pu s story takes place during times of great change in China the rottenness of dying empire, Japanese occupation and Sino Soviet bickering, the Second World War, and the rise of Chinese Communism In his limp wristed prose, Pu describes the dissolution of empire, his time as a puppet emperor, and his surprisingly gentle remolding and reeducation at the hands of the Chinese communists I cannot recommend the book, even though it yields some insight into a common thread in our popular culture the human tragedy of a mismatch between talent and character Provided a historical background and anecdotes from the Emperor himself Sadly, the book, in many ways, turned out to be a CCP propaganda. After reading this book, I can t help but feeling sorry for Pu Yi Suddenly thrust into power in the twilight of Qing Empire, I can see that he was ill prepared for the inevitable end of the Empire Throughout his childhood, he did not received proper education about what is right and what is wrong as an ordinary men learn , and his opulent lifestyle also caught him unprepared when he was separated from any privileges he used to have For example, I don t know whether to laugh or feel sorry whe After reading this book, I can t help but feeling sorry for Pu Yi Suddenly thrust into power in the twilight of Qing Empire, I can see that he was ill prepared for the inevitable end of the Empire Throughout his childhood, he did not received proper education about what is right and what is wrong as an ordinary men learn , and his opulent lifestyle also caught him unprepared when he was separated from any privileges he used to have For example, I don t know whether to laugh or feel sorry when he explained that he wasn t used to wash his own clothes, can t button shirts by himself, and was unable to keep himself tidy without help from others Swayed by the promises of the Japanese, he could not escape the fate of being used as a puppet for Japan s imperial ambitions In the end, when he lived on as an ordinary, regular citizen of People s Republic of China, he was so disoriented, like when he lost his pocket watch, helped people sweeping streets and ended up forgetting where his house was, and left behind by a public bus for not entering it quick enough After all, this book is an interesting one, for I get insights about life in the Forbidden City told by the one who actually used to own it, and how an Emperor lived his life Further the effectiveness of Chinese Communists brainwashing methods also shown, with people who were used to be loyal to Pu Yi gradually one by one turned their back on him So sad indeed, to have one life such as Pu Yi s I ve read this book before visiting Pu Yi s Manchukuo palace museum in Changchun, China With the help from the book s contents, it s a lot of easier to understand the exhibitions in the old Manchukuo palace and its turmoil history After the book reading and museum visiting, my feeling to Pu Yi is sympathy As the last emperor of China history, he was stuck in that position forever with Ci Xi Empress s choice As the man who couldn t choose his own fate at the very beginning, Pu Yi was just a f I ve read this book before visiting Pu Yi s Manchukuo palace museum in Changchun, China With the help from the book s contents, it s a lot of easier to understand the exhibitions in the old Manchukuo palace and its turmoil history After the book reading and museum visiting, my feeling to Pu Yi is sympathy As the last emperor of China history, he was stuck in that position forever with Ci Xi Empress s choice As the man who couldn t choose his own fate at the very beginning, Pu Yi was just a frighten toddler to take over Ching Dynasty s throne After that, he was the puppet of the powerful Ci Xi Empress, war lords, Imperial Japanese army, Soviet Red Army and Chinese Communist propaganda I am doubted that Pu Yi had been for himself, even for one dayPu Yi s tragedies were the results of modern China history and his illusion He has my deep sympathy I found the book quite comforting in the long run than watching the movie Unfortunately, I m not a fan of Chinese history, so that actually affected my rating Still, it is fun to discover the life of the last emperor I hope all societies will learn from Pu Yi s life.

The Last Manchu: The Autobiography of Henry Pu Yi, Last
  • Paperback
  • 310 pages
  • The Last Manchu: The Autobiography of Henry Pu Yi, Last Emperor of China
  • Pu Yi
  • English
  • 05 April 2018
  • 0671651889