Just a short(ish) review for the Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan because I didn't love this one like I hoped I would I really liked it! But I didn't love it, the narration just didn't click for me unfortunately!
The story of 4 sets of Chinese-American mothers and daughters is told through 16 vignettes, exploring the sometimes rocky mother/daughter relationships, the experiences of raising a daughter in America, and the stories of the mother's childhoods in China.
By far the most compelling chapters for me were those of the mothers' experienced and difficulties in China, followed by the daughters as children. I could have read a book twice the size solely on those stories! I found the daughters' adulthood stories just a teensy bit dull Overall though I really enjoyed the peek into the immigration scene in America of Chinese people, and how the parents try to bring up their daughters 'in American circumstances but with Chinese character'.
The narrative was just too choppy for me, it felt like a mash of short stories and I normally don't get on well with shorts. Still some captivating storytelling within this book though! I'll definitely read more of Amy Tan.
. #abreadsreviews - 3.5
Amy Tan felt like an outsider growing up Chinese-American and was often embarrassed by her family's customs, something many of us with immigrant parents may relate to. Tan studied linguistics against her mother's wishes for her to be a doctor, and did business writing before diving into fiction. A 1987 trip to China with her mother provided her a new understanding on their often difficult relationship, strengthened ties to her family, and sparked a drive to share these feelings and her life experiences through storytelling.
Tan is known for The Joy Luck Club, a collection of stories about four Chinese immigrant mothers and their American daughters. She uses both Chinese culture and her own maternal relationships as backbones of her stories. Major themes include family, fate, death, the impact of past generations on the present, as well as sexism and racism. Since most of her characters are Chinese-American, her book also explore how balancing two cultures (or choosing one over the other) can affect one's identity.
The book has been translated into several languages and is required reading in many high schools. I remember feeling weird reading The Joy Luck Club then since I had pushed away the Asian part of my Asian American identity. The book is on my list to re-read as I didn't appreciate Tan's powerful voice for Asian-Americans at the time and know I likely relate to more of the stories than I thought.
Okay okay we take a break in our regular (themed) programming to bring you this pretty outdoor shot inspired by @thegeekyyogi and a few of you other beauties that have been killing it with the outdoor shots.
Also, I was talking about Amy Tan with @anovelescape yesterday and this is the other Tan book I own! I really enjoyed The Joy Luck Club so when I saw this one in my local used bookstore (a long time ago I haven't broken my ban) I bought it. Has anyone read it? Any Amy Tan fans out there?
Anyways, these blossoms are on the wee plum tree in my back yard and they make me so happy. I love spring!
Happy Easter also! I have two family dinners to attend in the next two days. Turkey dinner is my favourite and my family is wonderful so... yah. Other than report card writing life is good