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The Valley of Amazement [Kindle Edition]

Amy Tan
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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The 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.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1028 KB
  • Print Length: 931 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0062223380
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate (5 November 2013)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers (AU)
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #32,169 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A worthy read 20 November 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I was really enthused by the pitch and Amy Tan carried on marvelously into the first chapter and subsequent ones. The book involves some research, which gave the story authenticity. However, the story bogged down in some places, interrupting what could have been a great flow. Overall, it is a deep story and the characterization came out right. In fact, snippets of it reminded me of Tatiana in the story Splendid Comets. Anyway, the book is a worthy read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING BOOK 19 February 2014
By Marilyn TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
Amy Tan has captivated me with her intelligent writing for years. This story was magic (just like the name of one of characters in book. Terrific. Wanted it to go on and on. Only a captivating author can get me so involved in story. Please keep writing Amy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very interesting 1 June 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I enjoy sagas of familys so this was really to my liking. Intersting as I do not know much about this era and country, I was absolutely fascinated by the story line and will look for more by this author. Excellent read and thoroughly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another gem 18 October 2014
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Whenever I have read one of her books, have always been left with; Why does it have to finish here? This one continues this feeling when the last page has been turned. An epic with no dull moments.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Too much of everything. 20 January 2015
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book was too long and predictable in places and lacked credibility. At times the graphic descriptions of sexual activities bordered on soft porn. Have read better from Amy Tan
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