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Joy Luck Club Mass Market Paperback – Apr 30 1990

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Ivy Books (April 30 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804106304
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804106306
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.3 x 17.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 68 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 363 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #388,773 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Intensely poetic, startlingly imaginative and moving, this remarkable book will speak to many women, mothers and grown daughters, about the persistent tensions and powerful bonds between generations and cultures," praised PW . Author tour.
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WOW, I picked this up at an airport to pass the time during a flight - and couldn't put it down! Amy Tan is a terrific author who deals with cultural and family relationships in a sensitive and insightful way. I recommend this book to all mothers and daughters!
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"Americanized" daughters living in California. The difference between their generations and cultures creates conflict between the mother and daughters. Each chapter in the novel is a separate narrative told by one of the eight main characters. This allows the reader to see all the conflicts from both sides and understand why there are conflicts. The title of the novel comes from one of the mothers, Suyaun. She started a club in China during the war to keep the women's minds off the war and preoccupied with something fun. She called it the "Joy Luck Club". All four women would gather together to play Mahjong and tell stories. The story mainly focuses on the character of Jing-mei. Her mother has just died and the three other mothers from "The Joy Luck Club" try to encourage Jing-mei to travel to China and tell her half sisters about their mother whom they never knew and her life. Since Jing-mei does not believe that she will be able to tell her mother's life story to her sisters, the other mothers become concerned. They wonder what their own daughters would be able to say of them and if they would do there lives justice. They then begin telling each other stories in hopes that Jing-mei will go to China. Finally Jing-mei decides to visit her two sisters and takes her father along for support and so that he can visit his relatives in China. The trip to China is filled with anxiety and deep wondering thoughts by Jing-mei. When they arrive in China Jing-mei's father's aunt and cousins greeted them. After staying with them for a day they take a train to find the two girls. Picturing them as young girls, Jing-mei is awe struck when she sees them for the first time and they are grown. All three of them act as if they have always known each other and feel a sense of completeness when they meet.Read more ›
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I read this book in my sophomore year of high school when I was sixteen. I was truly amazed by the great word usage that Amy Tan was able to achieve. Being an asian-american myself, I found it very easy to relate to the four Chinese mothers and the four american daughters. But I do believe that regardless of race, color, or creed, anyone can enjoy this book and be able to appreciate the stylized story telling.
Another thing I love about this book is its format. There are four different lessons that are subdivided into four stories that are all narrated by either the American daughters or the Chinese Mothers. (If you look at the book, it's make more sense than I'm making right now.)
One of the main themes in the book is communication between generations. All the mothers really want for their daughters is for them not to lose "face" and remember where they came from. And all the daughters want is for their mothers to accept them for who they really are. This book shows how great a mother's wisdom can be even when a daughter doesn't want to hear it.
This is my favorite book of all time and I advise everyone to read it regardless of age. It's a classic and a good one for a reason. I'll end this with my favortie quotes from The Joy Luck Club: A girl is like a young tree, you must stand tall and listen to your mother standing next to you. That is the only way to grow strong and straight. But if you bend to listen to other people, you will grow crooked and weak. You will fall to the ground with the first strong wind. And then you will be like a weed, growing wild in any direction running along the ground until someone pulls you out and throws you away."
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An audiobook abridged on two tapes, I absolutely adored listening to this story, even though it spends a very long time in a darker place, with kind of silent anguish that seems unable to get past the lips of the women telling their tales.

Put more simplistically, the tale is told by four mothers and four daughters, the mothers born Chinese, the daughters born American in San Francisco. The story weaves from character to character, beginning with the death of one of the mothers, and the unfolding of a story that reaches backwards into her past, and ahead to the futures of all the children, and underlines the huge gap between generations that can so easily occur between countries, ages, and cultures.

Touching, and read by the author (always my favourite), the tape kept my interest throughout, with that sort of aching soft sadness that grows - ever so slowly - into a superb sense of saved triumph.

Definitely worthwhile as a reading and/or listening experience, I'm certainly going to hunt down more Amy Tan for my own listening pleasure.

'Nathan
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By A Customer on June 2 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Joy Luck Club, by Amy Tan was one of the most thought-provoking books I have ever read. The story is about four women who came from China to America and how their experiences affected the lives of their daughters. The women are reminders to their daughters of their heritage in America. I could relate to many of the issues the daughters go through with their mothers and reading this book also shows the perspective of the mothers. The Joy Luck Club brings up very realistic issues between the relationship of a mother and daughter.
Jing-mei has to take her mother's place playing mahjong since she has passed away. Her mother had organized this gathering in China and had started it again in San Francisco as the Joy Luck Club. The purpose of the Joy Luck Club is to reward oneself and spend time with family and friends and enjoy food. Jing-mei is told of something she needs to do in order to carry on her mother's last wishes. The aunties guide her into memories and stories that she must remember her mother by and to carry out her duties as a daughter.
This book has a lot to do with remembering your heritage while living in America and to appreciate your parents. After reading this book I had realized the importance of my own family, especially the women, and what the sacrifices they had made for their children.
Finding yourself within your heritage and going back to your history is something so powerful that it never leaves you and it becomes a part of you, your values and your life. Although I may not understand everything my mother tells me because of the language and culture barrier we have between each other, after reading this book I had realized that there is more importance in making the effort to do so. Would also like to recommend THE BARK OF THE DOGWOOD---another very good read.
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