"I smile. I use my American face. That's the face Americans think is Chinese, the one they cannot understand. But inside I am becoming ashamed. I am ashamed she is ashamed. Because she is my daughter and I am proud of her, and I am her mother but she is not proud of me." - Amy Tan, The Joy Luck Club
This is my first re-read in years. When I was younger, I loved re-reading books. I would pore over the same pages, live the same story, over and over again. I would probably still love re-reading now, but at the same time, there is nothing quite like reading a book for the first time. When I started working, and being able to afford buying all the books that interested me (hence, the never-ending TBR), there just seemed like there were more and more books new to me, that I wanted to read. It didn't leave much room for re-reads!
Hopefully this year I'll be able to squeeze some re-reads in (and thank you GR, for the new ability to be able to track this!). I haven't read The Joy Luck Club since I was in high school. I'm one of those readers who get book amnesia, and unless the book was infinitely memorable, chances are I won't remember a lot of detail, other than whether I enjoyed it or not at the time lol. I even remember staying up late with my sister, watching a TV movie adapted from the book, but couldn't remember the details of that either So it was like starting with a fresh novel, re-reading this one. And I guess it is, because the beauty of re-reading something you haven't read in years, is that you are not the same person as you were at the time you first read a book. I certainly am not the same person as that girl fresh in high school with big dreams. I have grown up, and lived through more experiences, and reading with these eyes, I feel I appreciated this book more this time around. Maybe if I re-read it when I'm a lot older, I'll have a different perspective yet again!
Do you have any books you could re-read over and over again? This year, I look forward to hopefully fitting in a few re-reads of books I've enjoyed over the years. In the meantime, excuse me while I work on getting my heartstrings back to normal after all that tugging
Look no further for a glimpse into the 80s: a wild time of chess tournaments, secret boyfriends named Rich, and strenuous copywriting jobs at ad agencies. My review of The Joy Luck Club is up on my blog.
This is now my favorite chapter of the Joy Luck Club
An-Mei Hsu MAGPIES. "Now you see, said the turtle, drifting back into the pond, why it is useless to cry. Your tears do not wash away your sorrows. They feed someone else's joy. And that is why you must learn to swallow your own tears ". #thejoyluckclub#magpies#fav#book#literature
"I smile. I use my American face. That's the face Americans think is Chinese, the one they cannot understand. But inside I am becoming ashamed. I am ashamed she is ashamed. Because she is my daughter and I am proud of her, and I am her mother but she is not proud of me ... I think about [both of] our two faces. I think about my intentions. Which one is American? Which one is Chinese? Which one is better? If you show one, you must always sacrifice the other."
Which is your favourite bookcollection? Comment below!
I couldn't possibly choose between all those gorgeous collections! but I do have to say that I love how colourful the Penguin Drop Caps are.
So far I just have this one, but I cherish it with all my heart!