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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.
ISBN: 0062107313
9780062107312
Branch Call Number: FIC TAN 2013
Statement of Responsibility: Amy Tan
Subject Headings: Identity (Psychology) Fiction Family secrets Fiction Courtesans Fiction Art Fiction Americans China Fiction San Francisco (Calif.) Fiction Shanghai (China) Fiction Mothers and daughters Fiction Kidnapping Fiction
Genre/Form: Historical fiction
Topical Term: Identity (Psychology)
Family secrets
Courtesans
Art
Americans
Mothers and daughters
Kidnapping
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Jun 01, 2014
  • bixby rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

3 generations of courtesans in Shanghai... started out quite interesting but I felt it was too long and the story was drawn out.

May 12, 2014
  • brit4321 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This book needed some serious editing. Way too rambling. A lot could have been cut...and that would have improved the story. ! did finish it, but that's more a reflection on me than the book. Disappointing.

May 09, 2014
  • jcavenaugh rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I loved this book, while I agree it as less amusing as Saving Fish From Drowning and as thought full as others, being a mother I felt eager and compelled to finish this book. The hopes and dreams of these women during this historical era really felt true to me in what these poor women went through. Some of the sections may be to graphic for some but her choice of words was truly gifted in toning down some of the uncomfortable erotic sections. What these women persevered through was truly incredible.

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.

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

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.

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

I really enjoyed it

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.

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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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