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The Hundred Secret Senses
The Hundred Secret Senses
Author: Amy Tan
"THE WISEST AND MOST CAPTIVATING NOVEL TAN HAS WRITTEN."--The Boston Sunday Globe — "TRULY MAGICAL . . . UNFORGETTABLE . . . The first-person narrator is Olivia Laguni, and her unrelenting nemesis from childhood on is her half-sister, Kwan Li. . . . It is Kwan's haunting predictions, her implementation of the secret senses, and...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780399141140
ISBN-10: 0399141146
Publication Date: 10/17/1995
Pages: 358
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  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 125 ratings
Publisher: Putnam Pub Group (T)
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 4
Tan's customary, illustrious writing fills this book with vivid characters that jump to life from the beginning. A sister, Kwan, arrives to the family and changes the life of the protagonist, Olivia, in profound ways, connecting her to a culture-rich history.

I read this ten years ago, yet Kwan remains one of my favorite literary characters to this day, residing with Catherine and Heathcliff.
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Helpful Score: 3
Although I really gave this book every chance I could, I found the lengthy descriptions distracting and realized I didn't really much care for the characters.
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Helpful Score: 3
I was not at all captivated by this book, which is unusual for an Amy Tan book. I've read her other works and I was sadly disappointed with this one. I thought the main character was self absorbed and not at all likable. I didn't sympathize with her or her "true Love". It was a bit confusing jumping into past lives and back again. I kept reading thinking that it would get better, but the ending was horrible. Yes, the main character reaches some sort redemption, however only through her sister Kwans sacrifices. I didn't care for this book, although others did.
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Helpful Score: 1
Amy Tan sensitively draws the two main characters in this book, with all their vulnerabilities and blind spots. The reader is pulled into Kwan's "Yin World" so convincingly that in many ways it seems more "real" than the "real" world of her sister, Olivia ("Libby-ah"). This book truly enchants, and the story resolves elegantly. Beautifully written, compelling storytelling.
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Helpful Score: 1
I love the way Amy Tan weaves so many stories together. I found this book fascinating.
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Not my favorite Amy Tan book, that's still "Kitchen God's Wife", but interesting nonetheless in learning cross cultural beliefs. Tan always keeps the chracters interesting and, as usual, pokes fun at them.
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Very good book. Gives you a new perspective about certain aspects of life. The main character, Kwan would take you on a journey that will sometimes amaze you and others leave you confused. At the end you will realize all her stories have a lesson about life, about death, and what is really important for her, what you take in or learn from each of them.
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I was not a big fan of this book. I did not think that it was written very well and it was not an exciting read. Usually I pass books onto my mom when I am done with them but I am not going to waste her time with this one. It was not horrible but it was not great either.


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