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Extended Audio Sample Rules for Virgins: Wherein Magic Gourd Advises Young Violet on How to Become a Popular Courtesan While Avoiding Cheapskates, False Love, and Suicide (Unabridged), by Amy Tan
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,019 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Amy Tan Narrator: Nancy Wu Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In her startlingly sensual story Rules for Virgins, beloved best-selling author Amy Tan (The Joy Luck Club, The Bonesetter's Daughter) takes us deep into the illicit world of 1912 Shanghai, where beautiful courtesans mercilessly compete for the patronage of wealthy gentlemen. For the women, the contest is deadly serious, a perilous game of economic survival that, if played well, can set them up for life as mistresses of the rich and prominent. There is no room for error, however: Erotic power is hard to achieve and harder to maintain, especially in the loftiest social circles.

Enter veteran seducer, Magic Gourd, formerly one of Shanghai's Top Ten Beauties and now the advisor and attendant of Violet, an aspiring but inexperienced courtesan. Violet may have the youth and the allure, but Magic Gourd has the cunning and the knowledge without which the younger woman is sure to fail. These ancient tricks of the trade aren't written down, though; to pass them on to her student, Magic Gourd must reach back into her own professional past, bringing her lessons alive with stories and anecdotes from a career spent charming and manipulating men who should have known better but rarely did.

The world of sexual intrigue that Tan reveals in Rules for Virgins actually existed once, and she spares no detail in recreating it. But this story is more than intriguing (and sometimes shocking) historical literary fiction. Besides inviting us inside a life that few writers but Tan could conjure up, the intimate confessions of Magic Gourd add up to a kind of military manual for the War of the Sexes female combatants. The wisdom conveyed is ancient, specific, and timeless, exposing the workings of vanity and folly, calculation and desire that define the mysterious human heart.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Irina | 2/18/2014

    " I was a little leery of this topic. I thought it was going to be something that was overly sensationalized. It's not. It's wonderfully written and quite an interesting look into the life of the courtesan. I would definitely recommend this story for the over 18 crowd. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Hannah | 2/15/2014

    " I have to say I was not impressed and almost disappointed in this book. It was very short and needed more editing. The memoir/teaching way of story-telling was neat though. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Tina | 2/12/2014

    " Not what I expected. Kind of boring. Just one woman telling another what to do as a courtesan. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Cario Lam | 2/11/2014

    " Amy Tan has still got it. After not writing any fiction for six years, she composes a story about an aging courtesan instructing her young protege. The story is told as a monologue. Ms. Tan is writes as she always has with poetic imagery. "

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