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The Valley of Amazement - Amy Tan
The Valley of Amazement
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Moving between the dazzling world of courtesans in turn of the century Shanghai, a remote Chinese mountain village, and the rough-hewn streets of nineteenth-century San Francisco, Amy Tan's sweeping new novel maps the lives of three generations of women connected by blood and history - and the... show more
Moving between the dazzling world of courtesans in turn of the century Shanghai, a remote Chinese mountain village, and the rough-hewn streets of nineteenth-century San Francisco, Amy Tan's sweeping new novel maps the lives of three generations of women connected by blood and history - and the mystery of an evocative painting known as "The Valley of Amazement." Violet is one of the most celebrated courtesans in Shanghai, a beautiful and intelligent woman who has honed her ability to become any man's fantasy since her start as a "Virgin Courtesan" at the age of twelve. Half-Chinese and half-American, she moves effortlessly between the East and the West. But her talents belie her private struggle to understand who she really is and her search for a home in the world. Abandoned by her mother, Lucia, and uncertain of her father's identity, Violet's quest to truly love and be loved will set her on a path fraught with danger and complexity - and the loss of her own daughter. Lucia, a willful and wild American woman who was once herself the proprietress of Shanghai's most exclusive courtesan house, nurses her own secret wounds, which she first sustained when, as a teenager, she fell in love with a Chinese painter and followed him from San Francisco to Shanghai. Her search for penance and redemption will bring her to a startling reunion with Flora, Violet's daughter, and will shatter all that Violet believed she knew about her mother. Spanning fifty years and two continents, The Valley of Amazement is a deeply moving narrative of family secrets, the legacy of trauma, and the profound connections between mothers and daughters, that returns listeners to the compelling territory Amy Tan so expertly mapped in The Joy Luck Club. With her characteristic wisdom, grace, and humor, she conjures a story of the inheritance of love, its mysteries and senses, its illusions and truths.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780062107312 (0062107313)
Publisher: Ecco
Pages no: 587
Edition language: English
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Linda78
Linda78 rated it
4.0 The Valley of Amazement
I did something while reading this book that I have never done before: I flipped to the last page to see if it had a happy ending. Because good lord does Violet get put through the ringer. This is often a difficult read, so I'll say upfront: if sexual exploitation makes you squeamish, you may want...
Reading Slothfully
Reading Slothfully rated it
1.0 The Valley of Amazement
I might have finished slogging through this had I not had several other library books which were becoming due. Then again, this isn't really my cup of tea, my being an elderly, repressed Calvinist and all. I made it through 36% of the book, or 336 pp. So, we have a young American girl in China (Shan...
A Scottish-Canadian Blethering On About Books
A Scottish-Canadian Blethering On About Books rated it
3.0 The Valley of Amazement
This is a novel which provides a double cultural distance for most readers, arising from both place (most of it is set in China) and time (there is a long, intergenerational span of time covered, but the major events of the plot take place in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century). Nonethe...
Meh
Meh rated it
5.0 The Valley of Amazement
I liked this book a lot. Not enough to re-read often, if at all, but I was glad I read it. I myself never got over Edward's death. Why couldn't she be with him? Of course, I know why, but the tragedy! Anyway, this book was satisfying to read, and I'd recommend it.
Lagniappe Literature
Lagniappe Literature rated it
5.0 The Valley of Amazement
AMAZING!!LOVED this well written book by Amy Tan!! Wouldn't have expected anything but a great story from this incredible writer. I will always remember this book with fondness. I can't recall a boring moment. I was engulfed by The Valley of Amazement and could not put book down. Bravo!!
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