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The Valley of Amazement

The Valley of Amazement

  • Title: The Valley of Amazement
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  • ISBN : 9780062107312
  • Format : Hardcover
  • Language : English
  • Page : 589 pages


A sweeping, evocative epic of two women s intertwined fates and their search for identity, that moves from the lavish parlors of Shanghai courtesans to the fog shrouded mountains of a remote Chinese village.Spanning than forty years and two continents, The Valley of Amazement resurrects pivotal episodes in history from the collapse of China s last imperial dynasty, t A sweeping, evocative epic of two women s intertwined fates and their search for identity, that moves from the lavish parlors of Shanghai courtesans to the fog shrouded mountains of a remote Chinese village.Spanning than forty years and two continents, The Valley of Amazement resurrects pivotal episodes in history from the collapse of China s last imperial dynasty, to the rise of the Republic, the explosive growth of lucrative foreign trade and anti foreign sentiment, to the inner workings of courtesan houses and the lives of the foreign Shanghailanders living in the International Settlement, both erased by World War II A deeply evocative narrative about the profound connections between mothers and daughters, The Valley of Amazement returns readers to the compelling territory of Amy Tan s The Joy Luck Club With her characteristic insight and humor, she conjures a story of inherited trauma, desire and deception, and the power and stubbornness of love


Author Amy Tan

Amy Tan Chinese pinyin T n nm i born February 19, 1952 is an American writer whose works explore mother daughter relationships and what it means to grow up as a first generation Asian American In 1993, Tan s adaptation of her most popular fiction work, The Joy Luck Club, became a commercially successful film.She has written several other books, including The Kitchen God s Wife, The Hun




The Valley of Amazement Reviews (31)

  • I am always astounded by reviewers who compare, always unfavorably, the book they have to some book that they feel should have been written Many of the reader reviews I read here fall into that category Taken on its own, The Valley of Amazement is a marvelous, nutritious and fulfilling novel, a ripp [..]

  • Okay, no thank you Ms Tan I really don t want to know the intimate clinical details of what it was to be a prostitute in turn of the century Shanghai I don t want characters whose nearest and dearest are CONSTANTLY dying or disappearing Tragedy upon tragedy equals yawn, in the end You could see what [..]

  • The Story behind the Story Amy Tan s inspiration for The Valley of Amazement originated at a visit to The Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, where she stumbled upon an academic book with a BW photo of courtesans a class of women who were influential in introducing Western popular culture to S [..]

  • There is so much to like about this novel but ultimately it is let down by too many unlikely character motivations The characters that Amy Tan draws for us strong, savvy and resilient women would simply NOT turn into nitwits overnight and make the poor decisions she depicts.If a child of yours was k [..]

  • Don t call them prostitutes.That s the first rule of the Shanghai courtesans in Amy Tan s exhausting new novel, The Valley of Amazement Just because these women provide sex in exchange for money, they re not prostitutes, so don t even think that.Deception and misperception are the stock in trade of [..]

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