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The Bonesetter's Daughter
The Bonesetter's Daughter
Author: Amy Tan
PBS Market Price: $8.09 or $4.19+1 credit
ISBN-13: 9780804114981
ISBN-10: 0804114986
Publication Date: 1/29/2002
Pages: 416
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 438 ratings
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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Helpful Score: 8
This book is an excellent story about an AmeriAsian woman who has to find out about her mother's past and her history, before she truly knows who she is and can find true love and happiness. It is as good as The Joy Luck Club also written by Amy Tan.
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Helpful Score: 6
The Bonesetter's Daughter is a wonderful example of Amy Tan's considerable skill as a master storyteller. Here she exposes to us, layer by layer, the deeply complex relationship between Ruth Young, a ghostwriter of self-help books, and her mother, LuLing.
Realizing she is having problems with her memory long before Ruth suspects it, Luling painstakingly writes the facts of her life as best she remembers it, so that her story doesn't die with her failing memory.

The start and finish of this novel, which chronicles Ruth's struggle in coming to terms with her mother througout her life and Ruth's stumbling upon LuLing's memoirs, frame the middle section of the book, which consist of the memoirs themselves.
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Helpful Score: 4
I got this book as a gift and initially doubted it and didn't want to read it but I'm so glad I did. It's an amazing story. It's so real that you can't help but feel whatever the characters are feeling. I really recommend it! It definetaly made me think twice about Tan's work.
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Amy Tan finds the common thread in human relationships, across time and cultures..she always makes me cry
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There is not a reader out there who will not identify with at least one character in this book. It's one of those books that is hard to put down...EXCELLENT!
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Tan does it again with the Bonesetter's Daughter. She takes us through the lives of 3 generations of women, the oldest entirely in China, the youngest in the USA and the middle bridging both.

The story opens in the United States. The protagonist, Ruth, is a ghost writer unable to commit to her divorced-with-children boyfriend. She and her aged mother, LuLing, aren't as close as either might wish, but when Ruth's mother gives her a manuscript (written in Chinese) detailing LuLing's personal history, Ruth comes to a clearer understanding of just what makes mom tick.

The history of Ruth's mother and grandmother is revealed in the setting of 1920s China in the rural area where the bones of the Peking Man were discovered. As with The Joy Luck Club, the stories told are not all pleasant. There is a gritty realism to the histories that demands we respect and honor the trials gone through by the Chinese peasant women in their quests for love and a better life. American-born Ruth comes to see her mother in a new light even as Alzheimer disease dims LuLing's memories.

Another great read from Tan with fascinating characters in both eras.
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I loved this book. The rich description and well spun story kept me intrigued. I was more interested in the mothers story, or flashbacks, rather than the modern thread. All together it made me really think about and cherish my relationships after this read.
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I love amy tan and this was my second favorite book. Joy luck club and this run very close as my favorites of hers. I could not put this one down.
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Tan once again explores the prickly, dificult love between a China-born mother and her American-born daughter, complete with secrets buried decades past. I was halfway through this book when I realized I'd already read it. Is that a good sign or bad? ;-)
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Amy Tan is one of my favorite authors, and her books among my favorites that I've read over and over. This was my least favorite of them all, one that I wouldn't read again. But still, a good book.
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I love Amy Tan and this is one of her best works, in my opinion. This book chronicles the tortured, devoted relationship between LuLing Young and her daughter Ruth. A great glimpse into the relationsip between mothers and daughters.
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I loved it! Learned a lot about China before the great leap forward.
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Excellent. I've not read much of Tan's work, but this was a "read until it's finished" type of book.
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A beautiful story, just what you'd expect from Tan. Mother and daughter's trials of aging and independence.
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Amy Tan has the inside scoop on what it's like emotionally to come from that land called "FAMILY"! Very good read.
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One of her best. She is a wonderful storyteller.
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It was a little hard to get through the first part, but it picked up during the second and third parts. I really enjoyed this book - and am a big fan of Amy Tann
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Amy Tan tells the story of the intense relationship between LuLing Young and her daughter Ruth.
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Great book!
This is a story of a Chinese American daugther who struggles to come to terms with her mother's onset of Alzheimer's disease. In the mother's house, the daugther finds papers writtin in Chinese. After having them interpreted, the daugther learns it is the story of her mother's life before coming to America. The story helps the daughter understand why her mother has the quirks and beliefs that she does. Suddenly all the "odd" things her mother had done in the past makes sense. This knowledge helps her to better understand and take care of her mother. Very heartwarming.
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Mother/Daughter Relationship and Parent ageing.
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"In the year 1929, my fourteenth year, I became an evil person."
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I enjoyed the writing style, but the story just didn't do it for me. I couldn't bring myself to care about any of the characters! Section 2 was the best.
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A story of a first generation Chinese American woman coming to terms with her mother and heredity. I didn't like it as much as
the Joy Luck Club.
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A Chinese-American writer tries to merge her cultural past with her present life in San Francisco. I couldn't put it down.
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Amy Tan's best novel yet. She weaves a careful thread tying mother and daughter across time and culture. The themes of secrets and ambiguity ring true to every one born of a mother's love.
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A wonderful Amy Tan book: almost epic. A current-day couple struggle to balance their own relationship with the pressures of step-children, and an aging parent. This connects with the parent's newly-revealed amazing true-life story in China, decades earlier. History and relationships
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Good book, well written, same author as Joy Luck Club
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Another great novel by Amy Tan. I collect her books. In this case, I had two copies of the same book! In The Bonsetter's Daughter, the main character Ruth is faced with the onset of Alzheimer's Disease in her mother. She begins to translate a chronicle of her mother's life in order to better understand her. It's an amazing story.
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Excellent - like all of Amy Tan's books!
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Classic Amy Tan; set partially in United States, partially in China. Mysticism, love, life, what more could you ask for?
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It's another good Amy Tan mother-daughter story. I enjoyed it very much
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I have read other Tan books and have thought that her "stories" were more truth than fiction. This book rambled. I read the entire book because I had faith that Tan could pull something out of nothing, but unfortunetly was let down. I found it a disjointed mess.
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This is an excellent novel. Very well written and one of Amy Tan's best. I really liked the character's and there were many positive elements to the book.
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Amy Tan has such a unique way of writing and because of it, the story just seems to flow. This si the story of a young girl and her nanny in China. Some great surprises and some sad revelations for the reader. Enjoy!
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From Publishers Weekly
Tan's empathetic insight into the complex relationship of Chinese mothers and their American-born daughters is again displayed in her latest extraordinary, multi-layered tale. Now suffering from Alzheimer's, Lu Ling's references to the past are confusing and contradictory particularly her desperate attempts to communicate with her deceased Precious Auntie, who was her nursemaid and Ruth worries about her mother's health. But when Ruth translates Lu Ling's lengthy journal, she learns that her mother was once a strong-willed, courageous girl who overcame a background of family secrets and lies, persevered despite romantic heartbreak and survived tremendous hardships and suffering in war-torn China. Tan deftly handles narrative duties as Ruth, the exasperated but loving daughter, while Chen is perfect as the quick-speaking, accented Lu Ling. Lu Ling's first-person diary is particularly suited to audio: we hear the young girl directly reveal her secret hopes and dreams, and watch her grow from a naive innocent to a sharp-eyed survivor.
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Good book, about mothers and daughters and the difficulty they have communicating.
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A beautifully written book, about the complexity of mother daughter relationships.Amy Tan is an incredible storyteller! I highly recommend!
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extremely interesting illustrative of Chinese life and customs
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great story!!
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Secrets, complex relationships and identy in the relationship between a mother and daughter, by the author of Joy Luck Club.
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Awesome! Amy Tan at her best.
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A good read but a bit dragged out.
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I really liked this book...if you like other books by Amy Tan you should give this one a try. -Mirah W.
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GREAT BOOK
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#1 national bestseller
#1 new york times besteller
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All of Amy Tan's books are good. It's interesting to learn about the way other people have lived.
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****(brand new book)