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The Valley of Amazement

Tan, Amy (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
The Valley of Amazement


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Violet Minturn, a half-Chinese/half-American courtesan who deals in seduction and illusion in Shanghai, struggles to find her place in the world, while her mother, Lucia, tries to make sense of the choices she has made and the men who have shaped her.
Authors: Tan, Amy
Title: The Valley of Amazement
Publisher: New York, NY :, Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2013]
Edition: First edition.
Characteristics: xiv, 589 pages ;,24 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Summary: Violet Minturn, a half-Chinese/half-American courtesan who deals in seduction and illusion in Shanghai, struggles to find her place in the world, while her mother, Lucia, tries to make sense of the choices she has made and the men who have shaped her.
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ISBN: 9780062107312
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Report This Apr 05, 2014
  • trgoethe rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Way too long! Was she writing a screen play? It could make an interesting erotic movie.

Report This Apr 05, 2014
  • sdauerbach rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Amy Tan has written excellent novels, but unfortunatly this one is not worth bothering with.

I love Amy Tan but I couldn't finish this book. Huge disappointment!

hard to believe that she wrote this book - terrible - very disappointing - she should - UN -publish this one. I never leave reviews, but was compelled to save other readers not to suffer through this one

Report This Feb 11, 2014
  • gnpcjs rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

didn't enjoy it as much as i did her other books. a bit too pornographic that wasn't necessary.

Report This Feb 10, 2014
  • ljv2511 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed it

Report This Feb 09, 2014
  • colleendkelly rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

This book was truly a disappointment and so much of it could have been edited out. The novel is almost 600 pages long and a better story could've been told in 300. A very predictable, contrived story.

Report This Feb 04, 2014
  • pokano rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

The story of a half-Chinese, half-white girl whose American mother runs a high-class courtesan's house in Shanghai. Engrossing story-telling but without the emotional connect of Tan's early works.

Report This Jan 22, 2014
  • photogrrlkp rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Sometimes when I read previous comments, I wonder if we read the same book. I thought this was an excellent novel about three generations of women who had some really bad luck and did their best to not only to survive horrible circumstances, but to ingeniously change their fate in a time when most women had very little opportunity to do so. It's a longish book, but I really only noticed that because I was dragging it around on the bus.

Report This Jan 15, 2014
  • JanetReinh rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Disgusting book with no definitive plot. If you want to read about how to become a prostitute read this book. If you want to get a sense of history and the tribulations about mothers and daughters read the Joy Luck Club or Memoirs of a Geisha. This was more pornographic then historical about stupid women making stupid choices. What a disgrace that a female author would write such a Harlequin type book. Total waste of time. Not uplifting at all.

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"I was chasing after happiness, that false salvation, all the way to a desolate place. I might not find it. And if I did, it might simply be the illusion I had created in my mind, and if I held onto it as real, I would exist only as part of that illusion."

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