logo
Wrong email address or username
Wrong email address or username
Incorrect verification code
The Joy Luck Club - Amy Tan
The Joy Luck Club
by: (author)
3.80 1930
Four mothers, four daughters, four families whose histories shift with the four winds depending on who's "saying" the stories. In 1949 four Chinese women, recent immigrants to San Francisco, begin meeting to eat dim sum, play mahjong, and talk. United in shared unspeakable loss and hope, they... show more
Four mothers, four daughters, four families whose histories shift with the four winds depending on who's "saying" the stories. In 1949 four Chinese women, recent immigrants to San Francisco, begin meeting to eat dim sum, play mahjong, and talk. United in shared unspeakable loss and hope, they call themselves the Joy Luck Club. Rather than sink into tragedy, they choose to gather to raise their spirits and money. "To despair was to wish back for something already lost. Or to prolong what was already unbearable." Forty years later the stories and history continue. With wit and sensitivity, Amy Tan examines the sometimes painful, often tender, and always deep connection between mothers and daughters. As each woman reveals her secrets, trying to unravel the truth about her life, the strings become more tangled, more entwined. Mothers boast or despair over daughters, and daughters roll their eyes even as they feel the inextricable tightening of their matriarchal ties. Tan is an astute storyteller, enticing readers to immerse themselves into these lives of complexity and mystery.
show less
Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780143038092 (0143038095)
ASIN: 143038095
Publisher: Penguin
Pages no: 288
Edition language: English
Bookstores:
Community Reviews
Bookish Blerd
Bookish Blerd rated it
5.0 Review: The Joy Luck Club
So, I hate when I keep books on my 'TBR' list for so long that I regret waiting so long to read them. I loved the movie, so I knew the book would be even better. After having read the book, it is better (of course), but doesn't take away from the movie. This is a book about mothers and daughters...
Reading Slothfully
Reading Slothfully rated it
4.0 The Joy Luck Club
A story about four Chinese women and their daughters. The women were all born in China and grew up there. Their daughters were all born in America. How were they different, how the same? How did they intrinsically understand each other and how not? Along the way, we learn something about the culture...
Books Read, Not Necessarily Well
Books Read, Not Necessarily Well rated it
5.0 The Joy Luck Club
This is a story of mothers and daughters, immigration and what being and becoming American means. Its a novel about China. It shouldn't be tucked away in those niches. The Joy Luck Club moved me and opened my eyes to a set of experiences I hadn't given much thought to. I have a tendency to read in a...
rameau's ramblings
rameau's ramblings rated it
4.0 The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
There's only one fatal flaw in this wonderfully written novel about eight Chinese-American women and that flaw is its seven first person voice narrators. Let me repeat that: Seven narrators who all sound the same. The three living mothers and four daughters tell stories of their childhood, stories o...
KizunaYueMichaelis
KizunaYueMichaelis rated it
Sometimes the story dragged a little bit, and in fact, the main problem was the difficulty to differentiate a mother from the other, a daughter from the other. There were some good stories, other were kind of MEH. It is not hard to identify oneself with each daughter and how they feel about their mo...
Other editions (43)
Books by Amy Tan
On shelves
Share this Book
Need help?