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The Valley of Amazement by [Tan, Amy]
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A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

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.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2158 KB
  • Print Length: 931 pages
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate (5 November 2013)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers (AU)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CKDYWYA
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #67,351 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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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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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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Amy Tan's latest offering is both similar to her previous books, and yet startlingly different. While it possesses the richness of description and the multi-generational depth and breadth we've come to associate with Tan, prudish readers may be shocked by the sexual details of the main character's experiences, and the tone is somehow different from Tan's previous books, as if her decision to speak from the voice of a mixed-race character has caused her to write in a slightly different language. Nonetheless, it is a tour de force of characterization and setting, as well as Tan's forte, exploring the complex inner lives of women struggling to comprehend their ambiguous relationships with their mothers and daughters.

Violet Minturn Danner is the illegitimate daughter of a Chinese man and a white American woman who came to Shanghai at the turn of the 20th century to chase after love, and remained in order to chase after money. Raised as her mother's ignored pet in the only bi-cultural courtesan house in Shanghai, Violet is convinced that her mother loves everyone else more than her. When her mother abandons her, forcing her to become a courtesan in another house, her worst fears seem justified. What follows is an often-harrowing account of Violet's rise and fall as a sought-after courtesan, before the truth between mother and daughter finally comes out many years later.

The book begins slowly, setting up the inevitable tragedy of its plot: that both women will, in their insatiability for a love they believe their families and lovers have denied them, drive away those who do love them while falling for the lies of those who don't.
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If I could give this book a rating of 3.5 I would. I won’t recap what TVOA is about – you can read the blurb. Chapter four: “Etiquette for Beauties of the Boudoir” was downright fascinating. My main critique is the fact that ***mild spoiler alert*** the story line around the son was never resolved. Does the author plan to continue the family saga in another book?
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I appreciated the depth of sadness of this book and the limited opportunities for women in this country at that time. Opportunities
are now changing so much for these women who are highly educated and successful and who will guide their children away from past traditions. Shocking male dominated traditions are gradually being overcome.
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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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Amy Tan does not disappoint with her characterisation and insight into the life of Chinese women and the complexities of relationships. I love the many sides of Chinese culture she shares in her writing and she always takes me on a journey.
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