Joy Luck Club

Joy Luck Club

Large Print - 1989
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A New York Times Bestseller 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. When her daughter comes to take her place, she learns of her mother's lifelong wish, and the tragic way in which it has come true.
Publisher: Waterville, ME : Wheeler : 1989
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 9781587248832
Branch Call Number: LGP FIC Tan
Characteristics: 443p


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Groszerita May 16, 2019

Reread this book recently and loved it all over again. Mother daughter relationships, generational relationships, cultural differences.

May 08, 2019

Tried to put Joy Luck Club on Hold at Cody Now I don't see how to confirm.
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Kristen MERKE
Mar 05, 2019

Nothing like I expected, but enjoyable and powerful. Stories about love, family, history and the values of Chinese/American societies. Each character so unique and different, yet their similarities are what join them together to ultimately tell a story about loss.

Feb 04, 2019

Very interesting how all the stories weave together and the lessons they share.

Jan 30, 2019

Some of the stories were boring. One of the girls hated her mother. the others tried.

Nov 03, 2018

Did not care for this book-only read 20%

Nov 16, 2017

This is 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.

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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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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?"

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Mar 05, 2019

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