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The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

The Joy Luck Club (original 1989; edition 2006)

by Amy Tan

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Title:The Joy Luck Club
Authors:Amy Tan
Info:Penguin Books (2006), Paperback, 288 pages
Collections:Read but unowned
Tags:china, historical fiction, united states

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The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan (Author) (1989)

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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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I seriously find all of Amy Tan's work amazing. The old Chinese way of thinking, seeing the world and interacting with their children and everyone around them in a place so different from their home, so "advanced", is extremely interesting. Read read read read, I wish I had better words to convince you. ( )
  arpentec | Nov 27, 2015 |
I wasn't crazy about this story. The daughters seemed whiney and the mothers harsh, though I sympathized with the mothers more. Just okay. ( )
  lucybrown | Sep 27, 2015 |
I wasn't crazy about this story. The daughters seemed whiney and the mothers harsh, though I sympathized with the mothers more. Just okay. ( )
  lucybrown | Sep 27, 2015 |
I wasn't crazy about this story. The daughters seemed whiney and the mothers harsh, though I sympathized with the mothers more. Just okay. ( )
  lucybrown | Sep 27, 2015 |
What an amazing, and heartbreaking story. I remember seeing Ms Tan give a reading at the old Martin Luther King Library in downtown San Jose. It was interesting when she discussed how her life influenced her story telling. Classic themes of mother/daughter relationships, sacrifices, secrets. They made a pretty good movie out of it, too. ( )
  joeydag | Jul 23, 2015 |
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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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