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text 2017-03-24 02:01
The Joy Luck Club By Amy Tan $1.99
The Joy Luck Club - Amy Tan

From the Publisher

The Joy Luck Club is the story of four Chinese women born and raised in China before 1949 and their four American-born daughters. This mother-daughter story achieves more than just a glimpse into Chinese culture and heritage. It is an outline of a number of challenges for women, including social rules, expectations, marriage, food dishes, clothing choices, and raising children. It continues to sell in the education market for courses in literature, writing, women's and cultural studies. I'd recommend it as a way to celebrate women as mothers and daughters as well as survivors.
 

From the Inside Flap

This widely acclaimed bestseller spans two countries and two generations, following a group of Chinese women who meet to play mah jong, invest money and tell the secret stories of their lives. They call their gathering the Joy Luck Club.
 

From the Back Cover

In 1949 four Chinese women-drawn together by the shadow of their past-begin meeting in San Francisco to play mah jong, invest in stocks, eat dim sum, and 'say' stories. They call their gathering the Joy Luck Club.
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text 2016-09-29 01:36
Halloween Bingo 2016 - Book 10 (Diverse Authors Can be Spooky Fun)
The Hundred Secret Senses - Amy Tan

Diverse Authors can be Spooky Fun : The Hundred Secret Senses, Amy Tan

 

"The family, that dear octopus from whose tentacles we never quite escape, nor in our innermost hearts never quite wish to." - Dodie Smith

 

I can see where the comparisons with The Ghost Bride came from; 19th Century China, ghosts, reincarnation. But in my opinion this is by far the better book of the two. Tan's writing is deeper, more nuanced, and heartfelt, and her observations about relationships (particularly between the sisters, Kwan and Olivia) are spot on. 

 

I will definitely be reading more Amy Tan. 

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text 2016-09-27 22:21
Reading progress update: I've read 200 out of 358 pages.
The Hundred Secret Senses - Amy Tan

"I imagine a hundred Chinese Icaruses, molding wings out of earwax. You can't stop people from wishing. They can't help trying. As long as they can see sky, they'll always want to go as high as they can."

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review 2016-09-26 03:34
The Kitchen God's Wife, by Amy Tan
The Kitchen God's Wife - Amy Tan

Originally published in 1991, Amy Tan’s The Kitchen God’s Wife gives us (well, at least me) more of what we loved from The Joy Luck Club: a story in which a mother reveals a hidden life of hardship in China to her daughter. While the book opens on Winnie Louie’s daughter and the misunderstandings that are souring the mother-daughter relationship, the majority of the book is Winnie’s story...

 

Read the rest of my review at A Bookish Type.

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text 2016-09-25 19:47
Reading progress update: I've read 133 out of 358 pages.
The Hundred Secret Senses - Amy Tan

I'm reading this one for the 'Diverse Authors' square, and so far I'm enjoying it. Amy Tan is one of those authors who has been on my radar forever, but for one reason or another, I just haven't got around to reading.

 

I love how Tan describes the family dynamics between Kwan, and Olivia, the wildly opposite half-sisters. Olivia, is sensible, pragmatic and conventional, while Kwan has 'yin eyes' and can see and talk to ghosts. 

 

Siblings. They can be the biggest pain in the arse, embarrass the life out of you, but when push comes to shove, you will defend them against anyone. 

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