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The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
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Mar 27, 12

bookshelves: physical-books, 2012, reviewed, favorites, contemporary
Read from March 12 to 18, 2012

This is a beautifully written novel that describes the lives of four Chinese mothers, who left China for America, and their Chinese-American daughters. All the characters are well developed and the personalities of each one come through very strongly. The stories of the mothers' lives in China are sensitively and delicately combined with the perceptions of the daughters, making the novel eloquently poignant tale. The author captures the complexities of the relationships between the mothers and daughters extremely well. It was fascinating to read about the history of the Chinese mothers', and how their experiences affected their relationships with her American-born daughters, who couldn't really begin to understand what their mothers went through before leaving China for a better life.

Although it is a captivating and enticing novel, at times it is often easy to become confused about what mother goes with which daughter. A small gripe about an otherwise superb novel. Five stars!
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Penny Wasn't that a great book?! It was one of my favorites too!


Xavier Guillaume If you watch the movie it helps a lot in putting together which mother with which daughter. I admit, I was a little confused at first too from reading the book, but seeing the movie, it makes it easier because you can visualize their faces more. The only exception is they didn't make Lena look white in the movie, which was really confusing.


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