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The Hundred Secret Senses
The Hundred Secret Senses
Author: Amy Tan
The Hundred Secret Senses is an exultant novel about China and America, love and loyalty, the identities we invent and the true selves we discover along the way. Olivia Laguni is half-Chinese, but typically American in her uneasiness with her patchwork family. And no one in Olivia's family is more embarrassing to her than her half-sister, Kwan L...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780375701528
ISBN-10: 0375701524
Publication Date: 6/30/1998
Pages: 368
Rating:
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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4.1 stars, based on 152 ratings
Publisher: Vintage
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Leigh avatar reviewed The Hundred Secret Senses on + 377 more book reviews
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.
Silvercat avatar reviewed The Hundred Secret Senses on + 102 more book reviews
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.
reviewed The Hundred Secret Senses on + 6 more book reviews
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.
reviewed The Hundred Secret Senses on + 5 more book reviews
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.
Azulita avatar reviewed The Hundred Secret Senses on + 6 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
I love the way Amy Tan weaves so many stories together. I found this book fascinating.
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