10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Dreary and too long.,
This review is from: The Valley of Amazement (Hardcover)
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I was really looking forward to this book arriving. I have read The. Kitchen Gods Wife, The Joy Luck Club and The Hundred Secret Senses and loved them all. However this book is becoming a chore to read...I am on page 256 of 589 and on the point of abandoning it. The characters aren't warm or real enough and the life of a courtesan was really pretty dreary...just tea parties, sex and receiving gifts over and over until you grew too old to be attractive. The setting is very narrow with not much mention of happenings outside the courtesan house at what was a very exciting period in Chinese history. The story could have been condensed a whole lot more and moved along a bit faster. Not my cup of tea.... Disappointing.
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Initial post: 1 Mar 2014 11:38:41 GMT
adam makowski says:
I totally agree with your review.
In reply to an earlier post on 12 Mar 2014 08:41:57 GMT
M. H. Ferrieux says:
Me too! I love Amy Tan's work, but this was a real disappointment: repetetive, 50 ways to have sex, clothes, jewels....and start again.
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