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The Valley Of Amazement

by Amy Tan

HarperCollins Publishers Ltd | March 4, 2015 | Hardcover

The Valley Of Amazement is rated 3.83333333333333 out of 5 by 18.

From the lavish parlours of Shanghai courtesans to the fog-shrouded mountains of a remote Chinese village—a sweeping, evocative epic of two women’s intertwined fates and their search for identity

Violet is one of the most celebrated courtesans in Shanghai, a beautiful and intelligent woman who has honed her ability to become any man’s fantasy since her start as a “Virgin Courtesan” at the age of twelve. Half-Chinese and half-American, she moves effortlessly between the east and the west. But her talents belie her private struggle to understand who she really is and her search for a home in the world. Abandoned by her mother, Lucia, and uncertain of her father’s identity, Violet’s quest to truly love and be loved will set her on a path fraught with danger and complexity—and the loss of her own daughter. Lucia, a willful and wild American woman who was once herself the proprietress of Shanghai’s most exclusive courtesan house, nurses her own secret wounds, which she first sustained when, as a teenager, she fell in love with a Chinese painter and followed him from San Francisco to Shanghai. Her search for penance and redemption will bring her to a startling reunion with Flora, Violet’s daughter, and will undo all that Violet believed she knew about her mother.

Spanning fifty years and two continents, The Valley of Amazement sweeps the reader along a deeply moving narrative of family secrets, the legacies of traumas, and the profound connections between mothers and daughters, returning readers to the compelling territory Tan so expertly mapped in The Joy Luck Club. With her characteristic wisdom,grace and humour, Tan conjures up a story of the inheritance of love, its mysteries and senses, its illusions and truths.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 448 pages, 9.5 × 6.5 × 1.52 in

Published: March 4, 2015

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1443410225

ISBN - 13: 9781443410229

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Valley of Amazement A wonderful book! The story and characters are so real and amazing. This book is a thrill to read and a fine education on China and human nature in general. Thank you, Amy Tan!
Date published: 2015-10-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Valley of Amazment I found this book to be quite dark. There could have been more general cultural content. It is not what I was expecting. The ending is predictable.
Date published: 2015-09-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another Winner by Amy Tan When I pick up an Amy Tan book I expect a well written, interesting and enjoyable read. The Valley of Amazement did not disappoint me. As always the characters are filled with mystery, the plot is well thought through and the dialogue is believable. Another great book from one of my favourite authors. Well worth the read.
Date published: 2015-08-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good title Tedious read first 1-3 ---reader wondered where storyline was headed. Last part of book was much better written. Almost gave up reading 1-2 way through but previous Amy Tam's books were captivating so 'hung' in.
Date published: 2015-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect title Excellent, I enjoyed it very much. So interesting and well writen. As good as the Joy Luck Club.Three generations represented and in Chinese life which was so revealing and educatonal,Loved this book, thanks Amy Tan,
Date published: 2015-05-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I recommend this novel Delightful and expressive prose. A multi and cross generational dynamic. A page tuner bravo Amy Tan!
Date published: 2015-03-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not that amazing! I was disappointed by this book. Characters were not very interesting. Plot is a mess really. Depiction of China in a historical time frame was the most interesting part of this novel.
Date published: 2015-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Another great book by Amy Tan. Such descriptive narrative, was like being there. Could feel the pain the characters experienced.
Date published: 2014-12-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Valley of Amazement Loved it, had to keep reading to know what happened next. cried in the end .
Date published: 2014-09-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from A disappointment Although I adore all of Amy Tan's books, I was disappointed to buy this book and find it is just an excerpt of Valley of Amazement, which I have already read. It represents a waste of money to have both.
Date published: 2014-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from valley of Amazement Amy Tan alway s delivers.
Date published: 2014-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from No words I'm not an eloquent reviewer of books, all I know is that I loved this book and I recommend it whole-heartedly. If you read it, you will know why. Let the writers be the eloquent, I am an appreciator.
Date published: 2014-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stellar !! A top notch story teller, and as usual an excellent novel filled with beautiful descriptions toward understanding of a different type of mother daughter relationship. There's something to be learned from this novel and recommend it for anyone over the age of 18.
Date published: 2014-04-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from No words I was excited to read Tan's newest book as her last books had been about "beautiful and intelligent" women, indeed! Violet, the protagonist of The Valley of Amazement, was beautiful but certainly not portrayed as intelligent. As the book wore on and Violet made more and more ridiculous mistakes, I became more frustrated with her and her adventures. Finally, by the time she was on her way to the Valley of Amazement, I was so irritated by the whole book that I just skipped to the last chapter. Tan's writing was as good as ever, but the characters and premise of The Valley of Amazement really let me down!
Date published: 2014-01-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Dreadful Honestly, I don't really know what to say about this book. I thought something would stand out, but all that it left me with is that I really miss one of my favorite authors - Amy Tan. What she portrays in this novel is tawdry and distasteful. Perhaps that is the point of the story. However the story is so contrived and weak that the only surprise to the reader in the end is that it took over 600 pages to reach it's tacked on happy ending.
Date published: 2014-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book! I loved this book. I couldn't put it down!
Date published: 2013-12-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another solid read from Tan. If you like her other books, you'll enjoy this.
Date published: 2013-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! The Valley of Amazement was truly an amazing book! An epic tale of the most magnificent proportions. Amy Tan has written her best book yet. I couldn’t put it down and at a hefty 589 pages I still read it in just over a day. The book spanned fifty years and two contintents – China and America. Two women, Violet and Lucia lost to each other through no fault of their own once again meet and try to flesh out what happened to them. This book made me laugh, made me cry and left me feeling hugely satisfied. For as long as the book was, I still wanted the story to continue on even further. This is a book not to be missed and should be read by everyone. I will be keeping this as part of my permanent collection.
Date published: 2013-11-14

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The Valley Of Amazement

The Valley Of Amazement

by Amy Tan

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 448 pages, 9.5 × 6.5 × 1.52 in

Published: March 4, 2015

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1443410225

ISBN - 13: 9781443410229

From the Publisher

From the lavish parlours of Shanghai courtesans to the fog-shrouded mountains of a remote Chinese village—a sweeping, evocative epic of two women’s intertwined fates and their search for identity

Violet is one of the most celebrated courtesans in Shanghai, a beautiful and intelligent woman who has honed her ability to become any man’s fantasy since her start as a “Virgin Courtesan” at the age of twelve. Half-Chinese and half-American, she moves effortlessly between the east and the west. But her talents belie her private struggle to understand who she really is and her search for a home in the world. Abandoned by her mother, Lucia, and uncertain of her father’s identity, Violet’s quest to truly love and be loved will set her on a path fraught with danger and complexity—and the loss of her own daughter. Lucia, a willful and wild American woman who was once herself the proprietress of Shanghai’s most exclusive courtesan house, nurses her own secret wounds, which she first sustained when, as a teenager, she fell in love with a Chinese painter and followed him from San Francisco to Shanghai. Her search for penance and redemption will bring her to a startling reunion with Flora, Violet’s daughter, and will undo all that Violet believed she knew about her mother.

Spanning fifty years and two continents, The Valley of Amazement sweeps the reader along a deeply moving narrative of family secrets, the legacies of traumas, and the profound connections between mothers and daughters, returning readers to the compelling territory Tan so expertly mapped in The Joy Luck Club. With her characteristic wisdom,grace and humour, Tan conjures up a story of the inheritance of love, its mysteries and senses, its illusions and truths.

About the Author

AMY TAN is the author ofThe Joy Luck Club,The Kitchen God’s Wife,The Hundred Secret Senses,The Bonesetter’s Daughter,The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Lifeand two children’s books,The Moon LadyandSagwa, which has been adapted as a PBS production. Tan was also a co-producer and co-screenwriter of the film version ofThe Joy Luck Club. She lives with her husband in San Francisco and New York.

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