The Joy Luck Club

The Joy Luck Club

Book - 1989
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Master storyteller Amy Tan examines the sometimes painful, often tender, and always deep connection between mothers and daughters in this New York Times bestseller.

" The Joy Luck Club is one of my favorite books. From the moment I first started reading it, I knew it was going to be incredible. For me, it was one of those once-in-a-lifetime reading experiences that you cherish forever. It inspired me as a writer and still remains hugely inspirational."--Kevin Kwan, author of Crazy Rich Asians

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...
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c1989.
ISBN: 9780399134203
Branch Call Number: FIC Tan af 33164004325200 f 38.00 fic 283894 cpy 1 aurora
FIC Tan af 33164004325218 f 38.00 fic 283893 cpy 1 aurora
Characteristics: 288 p.


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Nov 03, 2018

Did not care for this book-only read 20%

Nov 16, 2017

This a great book for helping Westerners understand and appreciate Chinese culture. I learned a lot about the Japanese occupation of China I did not know and gained some understanding of what refugees go threw and the incredibly hard choices they often have to make to survive.
There is a lot of hilarious humor in this book; but it does nothing to diminish the terrible heartrending tragedy you will read in it.
In fact the reason I have not read any other Amy Tan books is because I found some of the stories in this one so painful to read.

Nov 14, 2017

This made me realize that our mothers go to great lengths to give us the lives that they hoped to live.

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Oct 24, 2017

I feel that if you don't like this book then you will absolutely hate it. I could be wrong, but if you do not like it in the beginning i recommend you read a couple more chapters and if you still don't like it you probably wont like the rest. I personally liked this book. I enjoyed all the different stories and liked how they connected and show you why one character made a past decision that you didn't understand before, but now realize it is because of this. A little drawn out, like most books, but still good.

May 09, 2017

Important when it came out in 1989; less so, now. Parts of this second-generation Chinese mother-daughter tale are poignant. The myths and stories from the Chinese who fled to San Francisco, and their "American" daughters, are resonant. Front and center is the relationship between June and her mom... the other three families sort of fall by the wayside, making this text less coherent than it could have been.

Still, immigrant experiences-- what they leave behind, what they bring to the new country, what get passed on to daughters-- will always be worth reading about.

Mar 14, 2017

Mothers and daughters.
Joy and sorrow.
East meets West.
Old and New.
Tan is a master storyteller!

Jul 30, 2016

Love it! Charming flavor of old and modern. Parents and kids never the same point of view... applied to every culture

CRRL_VirginiaJ Jul 21, 2015

A lovely, lyrical book that interweaves stories from immigrant Chinese mothers and their sometimes rebellious daughters. Though in the same household, mothers and daughters live in different worlds and sometimes love shows itself as anger and sadness with such distances between them.

Jul 08, 2015

A raw and precise interpretation of cultural differences and relationships between mother and daughter. The author told beautiful stories about the Eastern culture with a hint of Western charm.

Jan 09, 2015

This is a really great book about mothers and daughters, different cultures, and family in general. I was intrigued the entire time. The timing is not chronological but it is written very well and is not too hard to follow. I loved being able to read from the perspective of all the characters. Some of it made me tear up and some parts made me laugh. I recommend this book for older teens and adults.

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Mar 18, 2017

This is the story of four Chinese women and their daughters. The mothers suffered great losses in the war, both financial and personal. To bolster themselves and each other, they formed the "Joy Luck" club, in which they shared friendship and happiness that was theirs for at least just that moment. Eventually, they emigrated to San Francisco. Their daughters grew up as Americans, but their Chinese nature was permanently and inescapably in their blood and bones and souls. I very much enjoyed the way the Chinese viewpoint inserted itself into the most mundane situations, especially as the mothers tried to teach their daughters the difficult lessons of life.

EPLPicks_Teen Apr 07, 2010

Encompassing two generations and a rich blend of Chinese and American history, the story of four struggling, strong women also reveals their daughters' memories and feelings.


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Aug 31, 2015

"I seemed to hear less than what was said, while my mother heard more. "

Feb 08, 2015

"What was worse, we asked among ourselves, to sit and wait for our own deaths with proper somber faces? Or to choose our own happiness?"

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