The Joy Luck ClubBook - 1989
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Amy Tan's sweeping multigenerational epic tells the stories of four sets of mothers and daughters, each grappling with the same divide between immigrant and first-generation. The mothers all came from China; the daughters all grew up in California. Tan describes their unique stories and their uni... Read More »
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The Joy Luck Club book by Amy Tan talks about Chinese American women and her daughter. The short story called Two Kinds from the book holds the main part of the book. The woman always wants her daughter to become a child prodigy. She starts by quizzing her multiple questions in order to discover her hidden genius. However, she pushes her daughter to play the piano which comes from watching a Chinese girl playing piano on television and the woman would hope that her daughter could also be the one. Her daughter keeps practicing piano without having any interest in it. Every teenage person would find the book educational for every decision they make whether in school or extracurricular activity. I highly recommend the book for teenagers because teenagers are always under the control of their parents and the parents are included in every decision they make. I enjoyed reading the book since it is related to my age which also taught me to make reasonable decisions.
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.
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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"I seemed to hear less than what was said, while my mother heard more. "
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