The Valley of AmazementTitle : The Valley of Amazement

Author : Amy Tan

ISBN-10 :  0062107321

ISBN-13 : 978-0062107329

Paperback : 608 pages

The Plot :

Violet Minturn grows up in Shanghai’s most exclusive courtesan house, the striking and wilful daughter of its American mistress. In 1912, when the Emperor is deposed and celebrations rock the city, a cruel act of deception separates Violet from her mother.

Forced to become a virgin courtesan, Violet determines to master the arts that will make her one of the most desired women in Shanghai. In this new way of life, romance is an illusion and seduction nothing more than a transaction; but she can never relinquish her hope of finding truth in love.

Violet’s need to understand her past fires her quest to uncover the truth about her mother and the men – father figures and lovers – who have shaped her journey. Spanning fifty years and two continents, The Valley of Amazement is a deeply evocative narrative of a fateful family history. With her characteristic wisdom, grace and humour, Amy Tan conjures a story of the inheritance of love, its mysteries and betrayals, its power and truth.

Review :

To me a good book is one that keeps you so engrossed in the story that when you are reading it you are blissfully unaware of things around you. Personally I could have read The Valley of Amazement in the middle of a parade route and not looked up from the book for a second. The one word I can think of to describe the story has to be ‘mesmerising’.

The characters are so likable that you are so invested in their lives from the very first chapter. The 600 plus pages is like living a lifetime with Violet and I enjoyed every minute of it. Amy Tan has a beautiful way of looking at even the most mundane things and making them sound exotic and her lyrical style is very engaging. If you liked Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden you will love this book. In my opinion this is a definite must read.

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