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The Valley of Amazement por Amy Tan
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The Valley of Amazement (original 2013; edição 2013)

por Amy Tan

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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.
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Título:The Valley of Amazement
Autores:Amy Tan
Informação:Ecco (2013), Edition: 0, Hardcover, 608 pages
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This book was...terrible. Awfully so. It's a cheesy, poorly plotted B-movie wrapped in literary special effects, and I read it much the same way I watch "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes". ( )
  EQReader | Dec 1, 2020 |
This is one of those novels that I stayed up late to read, two nights in a row. It is worth losing a little sleep! As intricate in its details as a beautiful piece of embroidery, with a plot that is gripping and heartbreaking and uplifting all at the same time. As with other Amy Tan novels, the relationships of mothers and daughters are central and explored in depth. Gorgeous language, unforgettable characters. ( )
  AnaraGuard | Nov 1, 2020 |
Gave up after 50 pages -- a little onerous and very long book. Really like Amy Tan, so may try again when time and mindset allow. Anxious to hear what others think and if I should give it another go-round. ( )
  CarrieWuj | Oct 24, 2020 |
A few years back I read Ms. Tan's "Rule for Virgins" and loved Magic Gourd's lessons to Violet the courtesan. Now we move to the full length novel titled "The Valley of Amazement".

The Valley of Amazement begins with the tale of Violet, a half American and Chinese girl living in Shanghai with her mother who runs a house for courtesans. The story flips more than halfway through to Violet's mother Lucia who provides details on her characters background and what brought her to China.

I have to say that I really really loved "Rules for Virgins". I loved the character of Magic Gourd and "Rules for Virgin" appears in "The Valley of Amazement". I thought Magic Gourd's tales of her upbringing were more fascinating to me than the tale of Violet or Lucia.

Moving on to the character of Violet. At times I find her selfish, pitiable, and strong. I felt for her and the circumstances she ended up in.

The only reason why I gave this novel 3.5 stars is that I think unlike with previous Amy Tan novels I honestly didn't get a feel for food or smells. I remember reading "The Bonesetter's Daughter" and feeling as if I could taste the food described and the smell of some of the people and could picture their faces.

Also I think trying to introduce Lucia's story into the novel at such a late point ended up taking me out of Violet's story. I wanted to get back to Violet and her life.

I remember reading "Memoirs of a Geisha" and being fascinated by how women were trained up to be geishas. I thought this novel would be similar to that in providing readers with details on how courtesans were brought up and trained. Besides "The Rules for Virgins" I really didn't get a feel for how courtesans were really trained and how Violet used those lessons by Magic Gourd to capture suitors.

I still thought this was a very good read and would recommend to fans of Amy Tan. ( )
  ObsidianBlue | Jul 1, 2020 |
The first half of this book had my interest but I was never riveted. And then I just got tired of reading. Not sure why but the main character interested me at first and by the middle of the book I just didn't care about her anymore. Honestly I didn't finish the book. Made it to page 589 and then gave up. ( )
  CynthiaMackey | Jun 11, 2020 |
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In her first novel since 2005’s Saving Fish from Drowning, Tan again explores the complex relationships between mothers and daughters, control and submission, tradition and new beginnings. Jumping from bustling Shanghai to an isolated village in rural China to San Francisco at the turn of the 19th century, the epic story follows three generations of women pulled apart by outside forces. The main focus is Violet, once a virgin courtesan in one of the most reputable houses in Shanghai, who faces a series of crippling setbacks: the death of her first husband from Spanish influenza, a second marriage to an abusive scam artist, and the abduction of her infant daughter, Flora. In a series of flashbacks toward the book’s end, Violet’s American mother, Lulu, is revealed to have suffered a similar and equally disturbing fate two decades earlier. The choice to cram the truth behind Lulu’s sexually promiscuous adolescence in San Francisco, her life as a madam in Shanghai, and Violet’s reunion with a grown Flora into the last 150 pages makes the story unnecessarily confusing. Nonetheless, Tan’s mastery of the lavish world of courtesans and Chinese customs continues to transport.
 
In her first novel in eight years, Amy Tan (Saving Fish From Drowning; The Joy Luck Club) spins a tale that propels us into the lives of three generations of women on both sides of the Pacific. At its vortex is half-Chinese and half-American Violet, an infinitely charismatic Shanghai courtesan who despite her material prosperity and professional success struggles with her identity, her past, and the possibility of real love. Tan's portrait of Violet's dominant, yet emotionally wounded mother Lucia possesses a poignancy that threads the novel together into a piece
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Quicksand years that whirl me I know not whither,
Your schemes, politics, fail, lines give away, substances mock and elude me,
Only the theme I sing, the great and strong-possess'd soul, eludes not,
One's-self, must never give way - that is the final substance - that out of all is sure,
Out of politics, triumphs, battles, life, what at last finally remains?
When shows break up what but One's-Self is sure?
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When I was seven, I knew exactly who I was: a thoroughly American girl in race, mannerism and speech, whose mother, Lulu Minturn, was the only white woman who owned a first-class courtesan house in Shanghai.
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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.

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