Sunday, February 1, 2009

The Joy Luck Club

just devoured this book, literally. I don't recall having read a book so effortlessly or seamlessly before. Amy Tan wrote this story about four mothers and four daughters, and each chapters are told from the first person perspective, switching from daughter and mother and back again.

All of the mothers have immigrated to the United States from China, and live in or near San Francisco. Their daughters are Chinese-American.

The story deals with the difficult situations the mothers had escaped from, which prompted their moving to the US, and also their daughters inability to understand their own mothers. Since their mother's speak in broken English; Cantonese or Mandarin are their native languages; their daughters, fluent in English, think that their mother's thoughts are broken as well.

I just finished writing a novella that dealt with the relationship between daughters and mothers, which is perhaps why I took such a keen interest in this book.

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