I don't know why I never read this before, it's been widely available for sometime and yet I ignored it. After a recommendation from a co-worker, I sourced a copy to read. It's a beautiful story - there's something magical about Amy Tan's writing that just sucked me into this story about four mothers and daughters. While the the mothers are Chinese and their daughters are first generation Chinese-American, I think some of the relationships are indicative of many mother-daughter relationships. At times I found it confusing trying to remember which character was speaking, but when I just gave up and read the stories for what they were, it was much easier going. An excellent read - one I wish I had read ages ago. I will definitely be on the lookout for more of Amy Tan's work.
A wonderful 'intergenerational' novel about Chinese women who have met for forty years (The Joy Luck Club) to share their hearts with one another over a game of mah jong.
This book is a classic. Even though the characters are Chinese, everyone can relate to the different relationships between the mothers and daughters.
classic novel about women and their mothers
One of my favorite books. Amy Tan brings the characters to life so that everyone can relate to them. Wonderful book!
Sometimes I buy books someone says I should read to be considered literate. Frequently I shelve them because they feel like homework. This was on my bedside bookshelf from March 2007 until Labor Day Weekend 2011. When I finally cracked it I found I identified with it but not in the obvious way. Instead of gaining insight into mother-daughter relationships, I got more out of the storylines of young women who were struggling with other relationships. And like one of the moms, I too feel like I have a sense that something is going to happen and I do nothing to change it. Regardless of the self-analysis this book might evoke, everyone -- parent, child, man, woman -- should read it for the masterful storytelling. There are weighty subjects and sometimes a little bit of humor. Many of the images will stick with you -- I dare say haunt -- and you'll ask yourself how much the author draws on Chinese myths she heard growing up and how much of this is her pure imagination. You have your assignment; get started.
I enjoyed it. I caught the tail end of the movie and was intrigued so I decided I'd finally read this. As is often the case, whatever you encounter first seems better so I guess I preferred the movie but the book was quite good too.
I had read only a few excerts rom this book. It was really enjoyable