The Joy Luck Club

The Joy Luck Club

Book - 2014
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From A to Z, the Penguin Drop Caps series collects 26 unique hardcovers - featuring cover art by Jessica Hische. It all begins with a letter. Fall in love with Penguin Drop Caps, a new series of twenty-six collectible and hardcover editions, each with a type cover showcasing a gorgeously illustrated letter of the alphabet. In a design collaboration between Jessica Hische and Penguin Art Director Paul Buckley, the series features unique cover art by Hische, a superstar in the world of type design and illustration, whose work has appeared everywhere from Tiffany & Co. to Wes Anderson's recent film Moonrise Kingdom to Penguin's own bestsellers Committed and Rules of Civility . With exclusive designs that have never before appeared on Hische's hugely popular Daily Drop Cap blog, the Penguin Drop Caps series debuted with an 'A' for Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice , a 'B' for Charlotte Br#65533;nte's Jane Eyre , and a 'C' for Willa Cather's My #65533;ntonia . It continues with more perennial classics, perfect to give as elegant gifts or to showcase on your own shelves. In 1949 four Chinese women, recent immigrants to San Francisco, gather to play mah jong, remember the past, and gossip into the night. United in unspeakable loss and new hope, they call themselves the Joy Luck Club. With wit and sensitivity, Amy Tan examines the sometimes painful, often tender, memories that reveal these women's strength, worries, and determination, which their American-born daughters reject as irrelevant. The daughters, in turn, recall pivotal moments of their own past. They believe their mother's expectations have stymied their ability to face the uncertainties of the future. We see how the inheritance of pain and unsaid secrets have led to misunderstanding and yet how love can still undo the damage and provide reconciliation.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2014.
ISBN: 9780143124849
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 329 pages ; 20 cm


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“I was not too fond of crab, ever since I saw my birthday crab boiled alive, but I knew I could not refuse. That's the way Chinese mothers show they love their children, not through hugs and kisses but with stern offerings of steamed dumplings, duck's gizzards, and crab.”

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Nov 16, 2017

This a great book for helping Westerners understand and appreciate Chinese culture. I learned a lot about the Japanese occupation of China I did not know and gained some understanding of what refugees go threw and the incredibly hard choices they often have to make to survive.
There is a lot of hilarious humor in this book; but it does nothing to diminish the terrible heartrending tragedy you will read in it.
In fact the reason I have not read any other Amy Tan books is because I found some of the stories in this one so painful to read.

Nov 14, 2017

This made me realize that our mothers go to great lengths to give us the lives that they hoped to live.

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Oct 24, 2017

I feel that if you don't like this book then you will absolutely hate it. I could be wrong, but if you do not like it in the beginning i recommend you read a couple more chapters and if you still don't like it you probably wont like the rest. I personally liked this book. I enjoyed all the different stories and liked how they connected and show you why one character made a past decision that you didn't understand before, but now realize it is because of this. A little drawn out, like most books, but still good.

May 09, 2017

Important when it came out in 1989; less so, now. Parts of this second-generation Chinese mother-daughter tale are poignant. The myths and stories from the Chinese who fled to San Francisco, and their "American" daughters, are resonant. Front and center is the relationship between June and her mom... the other three families sort of fall by the wayside, making this text less coherent than it could have been.

Still, immigrant experiences-- what they leave behind, what they bring to the new country, what get passed on to daughters-- will always be worth reading about.

Mar 14, 2017

Mothers and daughters.
Joy and sorrow.
East meets West.
Old and New.
Tan is a master storyteller!

Jul 30, 2016

Love it! Charming flavor of old and modern. Parents and kids never the same point of view... applied to every culture

CRRL_VirginiaJohnson Jul 21, 2015

A lovely, lyrical book that interweaves stories from immigrant Chinese mothers and their sometimes rebellious daughters. Though in the same household, mothers and daughters live in different worlds and sometimes love shows itself as anger and sadness with such distances between them.

Jul 08, 2015

A raw and precise interpretation of cultural differences and relationships between mother and daughter. The author told beautiful stories about the Eastern culture with a hint of Western charm.

Jan 09, 2015

This is a really great book about mothers and daughters, different cultures, and family in general. I was intrigued the entire time. The timing is not chronological but it is written very well and is not too hard to follow. I loved being able to read from the perspective of all the characters. Some of it made me tear up and some parts made me laugh. I recommend this book for older teens and adults.

Jun 12, 2014

I loved this book. Amy Tan managed to immerse me in both the modern story and the back stories. The family dynamics were wonderfully portrayed and the characters were fantastic.

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Aug 31, 2015

"I seemed to hear less than what was said, while my mother heard more. "

Feb 08, 2015

"What was worse, we asked among ourselves, to sit and wait for our own deaths with proper somber faces? Or to choose our own happiness?"

Jun 22, 2012

"This feather may look worthless, but it comes from afar and carries with it all my good intentions."


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Mar 18, 2017

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.

EPLPicks_Teen Apr 07, 2010

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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