Rules for Virgins [NOOK Book]

Overview

This sensual jewel of a tale is an extract from ‘Valley of Amazement’ – the first book in six years from the beloved and bestselling Amy Tan.Shanghai, 1912: beautiful courtesans compete for the patronage of wealthy gentlemen. The contest is deadly serious; if played well, it can set a young woman up for life as mistress to a rich and prominent man. However, erotic power is hard to achieve, especially in the loftiest social circles.Enter veteran temptress, Magic Gourd. Once one of the most beautiful women in ...
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Rules for Virgins

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Overview

This sensual jewel of a tale is an extract from ‘Valley of Amazement’ – the first book in six years from the beloved and bestselling Amy Tan.Shanghai, 1912: beautiful courtesans compete for the patronage of wealthy gentlemen. The contest is deadly serious; if played well, it can set a young woman up for life as mistress to a rich and prominent man. However, erotic power is hard to achieve, especially in the loftiest social circles.Enter veteran temptress, Magic Gourd. Once one of the most beautiful women in Shanghai, now the attendant of Violet, an aspiring but inexperienced courtesan. Violet has youth, but Magic Gourd has the cunning without which Violet is sure to fail. These tricks of the trade are not in books; to pass them on, Magic Gourd must recall her own professional past, bringing her lessons alive with stories from a career spent charming and manipulating men.Amy Tan’s ‘Rules for Virgins’ is a painstaking recreation of this strict yet sexualised society. Shocking and intriguing, it reveals the vanity and folly, calculation and desire, that define the mysterious human heart.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780007519767
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/4/2013
  • Sold by: Harper Collins UK
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: ePub edition
  • Pages: 43
  • Sales rank: 25,638
  • File size: 620 KB

Meet the Author

Born in the US to immigrant Chinese parents, Amy Tan failed her mother's expectations that she become a doctor and concert pianist. She settled on writing fiction. Her novels are The Joy Luck Club, The Kitchen God's Wife, The Hundred Secret Senses, The Bonesetter's Daughter, Saving Fish from Drowning, and The Valley of Amazement, all New York Times bestsellers. She is also the author of a memoir, The Opposite of Fate, and two children's books. Her work has been translated into 35 languages.


Biography

Amy Tan is the author of The Joy Luck Club, The Kitchen God's Wife, The Hundred Secret Senses, and two children's books, The Moon Lady and The Chinese Siamese Cat, which has been adapted as Sagwa, a PBS series for children. Tan was also the co-producer and co-screenwriter of the film version of The Joy Luck Club, and her essays and stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. Her work has been translated into more than twenty-five languages. Tan, who has a master's degree in linguistics from San Jose University, has worked as a language specialist to programs serving children with developmental disabilities. She lives with her husband in San Francisco and New York.

Author biography courtesy of Random House, Inc.

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    1. Also Known As:
      En-Mai Tan
    2. Hometown:
      San Francisco, California and New York, New York
    1. Date of Birth:
      February 19, 1952
    2. Place of Birth:
      Oakland, California
    1. Education:
      B.A., San Jose State University, 1973; M.A., 1974

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2011

    Misleading adverstising!

    This was listed as Amy Tan's latest book. It is only 36 pages long and is not the quality I have come to expect from Ms. Tan. It is so far, essentially a monologue giving instructions to a virgin courtesan about how to lose her virginity at the most appropriate time and under the best circumstances to achieve the most gain.

    I was extremely disappointed!!!

    24 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2011

    BEWARE THIS IS ONLY A SHORT STORY

    The info given about this book is about as long as the story.

    24 out of 27 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    loved it

    Enjoyed this short story. It had such an interesting premise that I couldn't put it down.

    19 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 10, 2011

    do not recommend

    I was expecting a full length book, not a short story. Very disappointing selection by a favorite (or was) author. If I had known how short this was I would not have wasted my money.

    17 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 12, 2011

    Short Story Compared to Novel

    I haven't read the book but I think BN should start putting the number of pages like they do with their non-ereader books. I think it will eliminate a lot of the disappointment when a full novel is expected and a short story is produced.

    13 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 11, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Novella not novel

    Described as taking reader "deep inside" which misleads as reader has only 36 pages to delve! Waste of money, should have novella in description

    13 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2011

    Dont buy as a novel

    Sad to see this was not a full book but 36 pages =[

    8 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2011

    Boring

    This short story which i thought would be a novel is very similar to memoirs of a geisha and therefor left me wanting something more

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2011

    Total Rip Off

    36 pages of drivel....thought it was a novel, instead, got a poorly written magazine article.

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 13, 2011

    disappointed!!!

    This book left me hanging!!! 36 pages and the last line is "I'll be there to return your common sense." What am I missing? I need the rest of the story! Where is the rest of the story?

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 17, 2011

    Can't believe I bought a 36 age short story!

    Misleading advert - will be watching from now on.....

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 14, 2011

    didnt realize this was a short story

    when i read the review for Rules for Virgins, I didnt know it was a short story and not a novel. Dont think i wouldve paid for 36 pages if I had known

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 11, 2011

    disappointing

    Just as I thought I could get into this book it was over. I got it as an ebook and was not aware it wasn't worth it. It should be called a short story by Amy Tan. Don't waste your money.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2011

    Not worth it...

    30 page version of memoirs of a geisha.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2011

    A sham

    This is not a novel. 36 pages

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2012

    I feel cheated. BN should be ashamed of treating customers this

    I feel cheated. BN should be ashamed of treating customers this way. W
    What a waste of time and money. This is not even a completed short story. It is best described as a
    fragment, and not a very interesting one. Another description might be "porn." Do yourself a favor;
    don't be suckered in the way I was.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2012

    Interesting

    Warning, this is not a full book, it is only a short story. I read it in store and i would suggest the same for anyone who wants to read this. Its only 36 pages so dont spend the 3 dollars. I think this would make a great book if she expanded it into a full story and had more than one character!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2011

    Don't buy

    I love Amy Tan, but what they don't tell youis that this is only 36pages long - not a book -more like a short chapter

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2011

    Waste of money

    This is NOT a novel it is 36 pages!!!!!! What a waste of money. BN should be embarrassed that they charged people for this

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2011

    Bad read

    This was not listed as a short story,since when is a 32 page letter a novel? Very confused . This does not even earn 1 star.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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