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The Joy Luck Club - Amy Tan
The Joy Luck Club
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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.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780143038092 (0143038095)
ASIN: 143038095
Publisher: Penguin
Pages no: 288
Edition language: English
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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...
Bloodorange
Bloodorange rated it
3.0 The Joy Luck Club
I read this book some 15 years ago, and had no memory of reading it, which I found unusual, and was actually quite glad when I found I would have to reread it for a student's project. And how hard that was!I know, I KNOW I should have liked this book more. I know it was - and is - important, and it ...
Crash My Book Party
Crash My Book Party rated it
3.5 Still not really sure what 'joy luck' is
The Joy Luck Club is another one of those books I've been meaning to read for ages, but without really knowing anything about it, and have finally gotten around to it after buying a slightly battered copy from an op shop (for $1!). The Joy Luck Club is a beautiful and tragic and interesting collecti...
Reading with cats
Reading with cats rated it
1.0
Whiney, petulant characters; no plot; characters indistinguishable from each other.
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