The Hundred Secret Senses
"The wisest and most captivating novel tan has written." -The Boston Globe Set in San Francisco and in a remote village of Southwestern China, Amy Tan's The Hundred Secret Senses is a tale of American assumptions shaken by Chinese ghosts and broadened with hope. In 1962, five-year-old Olivia... show more
"The wisest and most captivating novel tan has written." -The Boston Globe Set in San Francisco and in a remote village of Southwestern China, Amy Tan's The Hundred Secret Senses is a tale of American assumptions shaken by Chinese ghosts and broadened with hope. In 1962, five-year-old Olivia meets the half-sister she never knew existed, eighteen-year-old Kwan from China, who sees ghosts with her "yin eyes." Decades later, Olivia describes her complicated relationship with her sister and her failing marriage, as Kwan reveals her story, sweeping the reader into the splendor and violence of mid-nineteenth century China. With her characteristic wisdom, grace, and humor, Tan conjures up a story of the inheritance of love, its secrets and senses, its illusions and truths.
Publish date: December 28th 2010
Pages no: 368
Edition language: English
, Book Club
, Adult Fiction
, Historical Fiction
, Asian Literature
It’s been so long since I read Amy Tan’s vThe Hundred Secret Senses that all I could remember about it was that a) I really liked it, b) there was reincarnation, and c) hundred-year-old duck eggs somehow played a role in the plot. I needed a good book to read today, since the last two books I read w...
Usually I'm a big Amy Tan fan but this book was a huge miss with me. While the stylist writing was occasionally a reason, it was more so due to the relationship(or lack thereof) between Olivia and Kwan. Olivia treated Kwan horribly. While I understand that accepting the fact that your father has ...
I liked this book and waffled over giving it three or a four stars. I definitely liked it enough to get through it quickly. The characters are interesting as well -- Kwan is a hoot -- but I found the narrative a bit long-winded at times and a bit hard to follow on occasion, most often when Kwan wa...
I couldn't get into this one...I read the first quarter of the book and decided to stop.
I didn't like this as much as The Joy Luck Club or The Kitchen God's Wife, both of which I loved. I don't know why.