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The Opposite of Fate by Amy Tan
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Nov 24, 2010

really liked it

It has been a number of years since I read The Joy Luck Club. I wish I had reread it before reading The Opposite of Fate: A Book of Musings. This book allows the reader to see how some of Amy Tan's real-life experiences have influenced her tales of fiction. Amy Tan takes the reader on a voyage into the mind of a writer. In writing and giving speeches, instructors advise you to select topics of which you have knowledge. Amy Tan achieves a flawless blend of knowledge, research, and imagination.

A favorite quote was "People think it's a terrible tragedy when someone has Alzheimer's. But in my mother's case; it's different. My mother had been unhappy all her life... For the first time in her life, she is happy."

I also liked it when Amy Tan described how she sometimes felt as though she were going to implode when verbally trying to express herself. Writing is a release for that frustration. It allows us the find the "right" words to express our perceptions of life.

This book is suited for and adult audience.


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