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The Valley of Amazement

Tan, Amy

(Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 3.5 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.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2013]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 0062107313
9780062107312
Branch Call Number: FIC TAN 2013
Characteristics: xiv, 589 pages ; 24 cm

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Aug 30, 2014
  • kkelly00 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Story of 3 generations of Chinese/American women in China who disconnect from their mothers in various ways and make their own lives. Central parts of their lives are a high-class brothel and wealthy men who befriend them.

Aug 17, 2014
  • DorisWaggoner rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The bare outline of the story has great promise. But it's way too long. And while the characters might well have talked or thought about sex in that much detail, I didn't want to read about that much detail. A Shanghai prostitute, sure. A 14 yr old strictly-raised San Francisco girl--I don't think so! Some of it's funny, yes. The section on the sister-wives learning to enjoy each other's company and trust each other enough to escape together was a highlight. I only finished it, though, because I wanted to know what on earth any of this had to do with the Hudson River Valley, mentioned on the fly leaf! It was a long way from "The Joy Luck Club," which I go back to over and over. In other words, I don't think this book shows growth in a writer.

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.

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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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