The Joy Luck Club

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The Joy Luck Club was formed of four Chinese women recently moved to San Francisco who meet to eat dim sum, play mah-jong and to share stories. Forty years on they and their daughters tell wise and witty tales of hope, loss, family and history. Spanning pre-Revolutionary China to 1980s San Francisco, the women talk as secrets are spilled, mothers boast and despair and daughters struggle with tangled truths.

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dean w

Aug 17, 2013

Excellent Book with a lot of good insight

This book is great for insights of 4 different pairs of mother-daughter combinations. The author uses wonderful way to describe how culture and generation gap builk and torn through life time experience. Great book and highly recommended.

CARLOS V

Jul 14, 2012

sweet, charming, light

i appreciate the work that went into crafting this book. i wouldn't quite call it a novel, nor is it a collection of stories. it's a fictionalization or an irrealistic rendering of survival narratives particular to "chinese american" women. more than that, it seems to be a working out of the mother-daughter relationships, the differences that arise and conflicts that shape the generations of women. in the end, the story is charming, but maybe a little reductive about some of the other important issues like race relations and lacks some depth of relationship. you'll feel good. ginger chicken soup for the soul.

Mary Jo G

Oct 27, 2011

Not a favorite

This book was difficult to understand. Even the second half which was the 'American' version didn't make much sense. I only bought it because my Asian friend said the movie was wonderful. I prefer books rather than movies but in this case it might just be the opposite.

Jennifer H

Aug 5, 2010

Joy Luck Classic

A classic read. I will read and read again for years to come. Wonderful piece of art.

Ellyb

Apr 13, 2008

Exquisite

"The Joy Luck Club" is beautiful, moving, and keeps a strong sense of integrity in its portrayals of all the women contained in its pages. This is some seriously exquisite writing, for even though it is a novel which eschews "aboutness," I found myself unable to put it down. When I was reading it, my dad looked over my shoulder and remarked, "Isn't that a great book?" This book may be focused on Chinese women, but the truths it posits about generational differences are universal, crossing race and gender lines. I look forward to forgetting everything about this book so that I can rediscover it one day.

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