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The Joy Luck Club


The Joy Luck Club was formed of four Chinese women recently moved to San Francisco who meet to eat dim sum, play mah-jong and to share stories. Forty ... Show synopsis

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  • Excellent Book with a lot of good insight Aug 17, 2013
    by dean w

    This book is great for insights of 4 different pairs of mother-daughter combinations. The author uses wonderful way to describe how culture and generation gap builk and torn through life time experience. Great book and highly recommended.

  • sweet, charming, light Jul 14, 2012
    by CARLOS V

    i appreciate the work that went into crafting this book. i wouldn't quite call it a novel, nor is it a collection of stories. it's a fictionalization or an irrealistic rendering of survival narratives particular to "chinese american" women. more than that, it seems to be a working out of the mother-daughter relationships, the differences that arise and conflicts that shape the generations of women. in the end, the story is charming, but maybe a little reductive about some of the other important issues like race relations and lacks some depth of relationship. you'll feel good. ginger chicken soup for the soul.

  • Not a favorite Oct 27, 2011
    by Mary Jo G

    This book was difficult to understand. Even the second half which was the 'American' version didn't make much sense. I only bought it because my Asian friend said the movie was wonderful. I prefer books rather than movies but in this case it might just be the opposite.

  • Joy Luck Classic Aug 5, 2010
    by Jennifer H

    A classic read. I will read and read again for years to come. Wonderful piece of art.

  • Exquisite Apr 13, 2008
    by Ellyb

    "The Joy Luck Club" is beautiful, moving, and keeps a strong sense of integrity in its portrayals of all the women contained in its pages. This is some seriously exquisite writing, for even though it is a novel which eschews "aboutness," I found myself unable to put it down. When I was reading it, my dad looked over my shoulder and remarked, "Isn't that a great book?" This book may be focused on Chinese women, but the truths it posits about generational differences are universal, crossing race and gender lines. I look forward to forgetting everything about this book so that I can rediscover it one day.

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