The Joy Luck ClubBook - 1989
" The Joy Luck Club is one of my favorite books. From the moment I first started reading it, I knew it was going to be incredible. For me, it was one of those once-in-a-lifetime reading experiences that you cherish forever. It inspired me as a writer and still remains hugely inspirational."--Kevin Kwan, author of Crazy Rich Asians
In 1949 four Chinese women-drawn together by the shadow of their past-begin meeting in San Francisco to play mah jong, invest in stocks, eat dim sum, and "say" stories. They call their gathering the Joy Luck Club.
Nearly forty years later, one of the members has died, and her daughter has come to take her place, only to learn of her mother's lifelong wish--and the tragic way in which it has come true. The revelation of this secret unleashes an urgent need among the women to reach back and remember...
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CCCL_EDI May 13, 2020
Where were you when you first read The Joy Luck Club? Treat yourself to one of the books that put Asian American writing on the American radar, and inspired one of the tear-jerking-ist movies, ever.
Lexile 930 | 6th grade +. This book is 352 pages, making it more of a challenge for learning readers. A wonderful story about Chinese immigrants to San Francisco, family, the game of mahjong, and food.
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The Joy Luck Club book by Amy Tan talks about Chinese American women and her daughter. The short story called Two Kinds from the book holds the main part of the book. The woman always wants her daughter to become a child prodigy. She starts by quizzing her multiple questions in order to discover her hidden genius. However, she pushes her daughter to play the piano which comes from watching a Chinese girl playing piano on television and the woman would hope that her daughter could also be the one. Her daughter keeps practicing piano without having any interest in it. Every teenage person would find the book educational for every decision they make whether in school or extracurricular activity. I highly recommend the book for teenagers because teenagers are always under the control of their parents and the parents are included in every decision they make. I enjoyed reading the book since it is related to my age which also taught me to make reasonable decisions.
This is the story of four Chinese women and their daughters. The mothers suffered great losses in the war, both financial and personal. To bolster themselves and each other, they formed the "Joy Luck" club, in which they shared friendship and happiness that was theirs for at least just that moment. Eventually, they emigrated to San Francisco. Their daughters grew up as Americans, but their Chinese nature was permanently and inescapably in their blood and bones and souls. I very much enjoyed the way the Chinese viewpoint inserted itself into the most mundane situations, especially as the mothers tried to teach their daughters the difficult lessons of life.
Encompassing two generations and a rich blend of Chinese and American history, the story of four struggling, strong women also reveals their daughters' memories and feelings.
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"I seemed to hear less than what was said, while my mother heard more. "
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