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The Bonesetter's Daughter by Amy Tan
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This book - about a mother and a daughter; her mother and her daughter was hard for me to listen to. (And yes, I am aware that it is almost like cheating to listen to a book on CD. Almost) I fear the idea of my family getting to the point of dementia and Alzheimer's b/c my great grandmother had dementia and it is an all too real possibility. And the fact that LuLing was slowly slipping into it kinda bothered me. I cannot say that I was too fond of Art. There was something about him that didn't click for me and I wanted Ruth to leave him honestly. But it worked out well enough in the end, I guess.

There was also the moments in LuLing's POV during the letter. It was fascinating, though sad. War-time China. I had never thought about any wars in China outside of those in ancient China until I started to read these books. LuLing's life was incredibly hard. As it seems that most of them were that grew up in that era of China. And when I think of the contrast between her life and Ruth's it is unbelievable. It seems that nothing any of the daughters can go through is as bad as what the mothers dealt with.

LuLing's mother, Precious Auntie, had an easier happier life than her daughter until the death of her guy and her father. Then it all seems to have sunken away. But I suppose that there was nothing to be done about it, really. That was China, I guess.
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Toni I wanted Ruth to leave him too. But at least in the end he was honest enough and loved her enough to admit he was wrong.

The way Amy Tan writes about war-time China is one of the reasons I love her books so much. And you're right. Nothing the daughters go through could ever match what their mothers have experienced.

THANK YOU FOR READING THIS! I hope it wasn't a chore for you to read. *huggles*


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