The Joy Luck Club

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The Joy Luck Club

PostPosted by hippie_mama » Thu Mar 19, 2009 12:42 pm

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The Joy Luck Club
Amy Tan

The Joy Luck Club is sixteen short stories, told by eight unique women, from two very different generations, which interweave to reveal a common basic theme. Some reviewers have described this book as hard to follow, but i was immediately drawn in by the characters, and couldn't wait for more to be revealed. Some have suggested taking notes to keep the stories straight, but i think a little blending between them was the author's intention--this isn't so much the stories of 8 women, as it is one story about two generations sharing two cultures between them.

The writing style is very fluid when the mothers speak; you feel like you're listening to an elderly Chinese woman who has seen it all and wants you to visualize the past with her. When the daughters speak, there are hard facts, lists of joys and disappointments, names and locations and how each person is related to another. Each viewpoint fills in the gaps of the others; events are laid out, and old customs and attitudes are explained.

The main characters may be women, but it is not a "chick book" at all. It's for anyone who thinks about life as part of something bigger, and anyone who enjoys wisdom, humor, action, and emotion all in one read.
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Re: The Joy Luck Club

PostPosted by NulSyn » Thu Mar 19, 2009 12:44 pm

When I worked at the bookstore this book sold like hot cakes. I have never read it myself though.
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Re: The Joy Luck Club

PostPosted by hippie_mama » Thu Mar 19, 2009 12:45 pm

It took me a day and a half. Read it! And then give it to your mom. :s_tongue
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Re: The Joy Luck Club

PostPosted by Rayven » Thu Mar 19, 2009 12:48 pm

Meh. I'll stick to M. John Harrison for short fiction for the time being
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FROM WHICH YOU WILL NEVER WAKE
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Re: The Joy Luck Club

PostPosted by hippie_mama » Thu Mar 19, 2009 12:50 pm

There's about a trillion copies; peek at one in a library before you decide for sure. :s_dunno
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Re: The Joy Luck Club

PostPosted by Chick » Thu Mar 19, 2009 12:57 pm

I've got to be careful where I peek. And what I peek at
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Re: The Joy Luck Club

PostPosted by Rayven » Thu Mar 19, 2009 1:02 pm

hippie_mama wrote:There's about a trillion copies; peek at one in a library before you decide for sure. :s_dunno

Only if you try to track down a copy of Viriconium as a fair trade for me reading Joy Luck Club.
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FROM WHICH YOU WILL NEVER WAKE
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Re: The Joy Luck Club

PostPosted by hippie_mama » Thu Mar 19, 2009 6:42 pm

Sounds fair to me. It's now on my wish list; i'll let you know when i get one. :s_thumbsup
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