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The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

The Joy Luck Club (1989)

by Amy Tan (Author)

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    Jennie_103: Another story of generations of chinese women.
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    Fifth Chinese Daughter by Jade Snow Wong (Imprinted)
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    Sweet Mandarin: The Courageous True Story of Three Generations of Chinese Women and Their Journey from East to West by Helen Tse (elbakerone)
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    Krik? Krak! by Edwidge Danticat (Othemts)
    Othemts: In a superficial way this book reminds me of the stories of Amy Tan in that they show the strains of relationships between mothers and daughters, immigrants and American-born.

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The story takes you through the lives of four Chinese women and their American born daughters. The author shows how Chinese customs have affected these women, their daughters and their relationships. Each chapter is a section told by a particular lady or her daughter. It was very eye opening. ( )
  Kathryn_Brown | Dec 1, 2014 |
What a find, while travelling this was an exchange book at a hotel in Rapanui (Easter Island), I read it and exchanged it at a hotel (Cafe Cultura) in Ecuador. This book made me laugh, cry, feel angry as well as encouraged me to look deeply into my own relationships and ask questions. The story is told from the viewpoints of four Chinese mothers and their four American-Chinese daughters, examines the nature of the mother-daughter relationship, and the problems of cultural identity the characters face within their various relationships of family and marriage. It was a great book to read as it was set out and then re-read by selecting the characters stories in each section and reading these as individual stories. I will now check out the movie and see if it is avaiable on video. ( )
  rata | Nov 9, 2014 |
More of a memoir than a novel. I would have enjoyed the past remembrances more if they had been juxtaposed with a more compelling present. In other words, not much happens in the book. Aside from the trip to China to find long-lost relatives at the end of the book, most of the plot took place in retrospect. It just didn't keep my interest. ( )
  AliceAnna | Oct 21, 2014 |
Actually a series of entangled short stories. I liked it. Heartbreaking and heartwarming all at the same time. Proves that your mother is wiser than you; you just know listen hard enough. ( )
  cmlasky | Oct 20, 2014 |
Somehow, I've gone all my life without dipping into Amy Tan's novels. Now I've got another author to explore.
JOY LUCK CLUB is a jewel of a book. I guess it's a novel, but it feels more like a series of interconnected short stories involving subsets of the same cast of characters. The Club itself consists of four women who were all born in China but have long lived in the US. They gather monthly for rotating dinners, bringing their husbands and children.
The stories focus on not just the mothers but their American born daughters. The daughters feel torn between two cultures, frustrated with their mothers' refusal to adapt to American culture. Little by little, we get to know the mothers and the daughters.
Very good read. ( )
  dickmanikowski | Jul 11, 2014 |
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In Tan's hands, these linked stories - diverse as they are - fit almost magically into a powerfully coherent novel, whose winning combination of ingredients - immigrant experience, mother-daughter ties, Pacific Rim culture - make it a book with the ``good luck'' to be in the right place at the right time.
In the hands of a less talented writer such thematic material might easily have become overly didactic, and the characters might have seemed like cutouts from a Chinese-American knockoff of ''Roots.'' But in the hands of Amy Tan, who has a wonderful eye for what is telling, a fine ear for dialogue, a deep empathy for her subject matter and a guilelessly straightforward way of writing, they sing with a rare fidelity and beauty. She has written a jewel of a book.

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Alfsen, MereteTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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 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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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 and "say" stories. They call their gathering the Joy Luck Club--and forge a relationship that binds them for more than three decades.… (more)

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