Joy Luck Club Mass Market Paperback – Apr 30 1990
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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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Through out the novel, the mothers tell their stories of horrible tragedies and inner triumphs as they each envy the lives of their daughters and teach them about their past. Tan does a great job in describing the depth of misery that brought these women to find strength that they would have never known they had if it hadn't been for the circumstances given. Tan makes me feel that I am right there feeling the characters pain and then rejoicing in their glory of freedom of spirit!
It is sometimes easy to become confused on which story connects with the other. Despite that, each story is interesting. The book deals with all types of real life struggles mothers and daughters face now and have faced in the past. Although many of the stories deal with Chinese customs, many of the other stories are universally experienced by all women at one time or another. The characters deal with issues such as rape, divorce, failure and abandonment. The mothers and daughters experience love and hate, happiness and despair. Amy Tan introduces all of the characters in the present, but then takes them back to their childhood through their memories. Each woman eventually becomes related to the other women as the stories become more complex.Read more ›
Jing-mei has to take her mothers 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 mothers 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.
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Beautiful book to as to my collection! Love Amy Tan, she's such a great writer! This is one of her best!Published 20 months ago by Kate
second time reading this book - liked it more the second timePublished on Oct. 24 2014 by Deanna Beatson
This book inspired the creation of a similar club for me and my friends in the past. It is a great story that is well worth reading. Read morePublished on Sept. 14 2014 by AliKira
Wonderful, instructive history from beginning to end - and to be followed with the movie!
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I chose this book because of the edited movie I watched years before. It's quite different from the movie with a more vivid descriptions of each character and every story. Read morePublished on June 17 2014 by Christina
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"Americanized" daughters living in California. The difference between their generations and cultures creates conflict between the mother and daughters. Read morePublished on Feb. 11 2005 by J.Jones