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The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
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May 31, 11

bookshelves: highschool
Read in January, 1993

I like the shifting narratives, I like the layers of distance between the characters and the content that is unknown. I thought the stories were rather interesting in part because of all the cultural turmoil and the historical details; these dovetailed nicely with one of my favorite books from my shorter days: In the year of the boar and Jackie Robinson.

What pushed this book into five stars was, for me, the way the book is bigger than its contents and provokes so many questions that invite further investigations. Is Amy Tan a race traitor, or a cultural diplomat? Is she feminist or anti-feminist? Can Amy Tan and Maxine Hong Kingston co-exist, or is it necessary to take sides? Can something be both deep and mundane, or is it an either/or proposition?
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