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The Valley of Amazement - Amy Tan
The Valley of Amazement
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A new novel from the internationally bestselling author of ‘The Joy Luck Club’.In fin de siècle Shanghai, Violet Minturn grows up at Hidden Jade Path, the city’s most exclusive courtesan house. But when revolution comes, she is separated from her mother and forced to become a “virgin courtesan.”... show more
A new novel from the internationally bestselling author of ‘The Joy Luck Club’.In fin de siècle Shanghai, Violet Minturn grows up at Hidden Jade Path, the city’s most exclusive courtesan house. But when revolution comes, she is separated from her mother and forced to become a “virgin courtesan.” Both Chinese and American, Violet moves between these cultural worlds, becoming a shrewd businesswoman who deals in seduction and illusion. But her successes belie her private turmoil. Violet’s need for answers propels her on a quest of discovery: a journey to make sense of her life, to right the wrongs of the past – to find love requited.Spanning fifty years and two continents, ‘The Valley of Amazement’ dramatises the collapse of China’s imperial dynasty and the secret life of the courtesan house. Unfolding old family secrets, this novel returns readers to the compelling territory of ‘The Joy Luck Club’. With her characteristic wisdom, grace and humour, she conjures a story of the inheritance of love, its mysteries and betrayals, and its illusions and truths.
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Format: kindle
ISBN: 9780007467242
Publisher: Fourth Estate
Pages no: 608
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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