Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Review: Joy Luck Club

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan was a very slow read and I had a very difficult time getting into the story.  What was interesting to me was that the women were so rude to one another although there were glimpses of kindness.  These women lived in difficult times, indured injustice and yet they didn't support one another with graciousness. Amy Tan reveals the Chinese culture and the difficult transition from China to America.  This story begs the question "How well do you really know your mother?"

SYNOPSIS by Barnes & Noble
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, eat dim sum, and "say" stories. They call their gathering the Joy Luck Club. Nearly forty years later, one of the members has died, and her daughter has come to take her place, only to learn of her mother's lifelong wish-and the tragic way in which it has come true. The revelation of this secret unleashes an urgent need among the women to reach back and remember... In this extraordinary first work of fiction, Amy Tan writes about what is lost-over the years, between generations, among friends-and what is saved.


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