My Mother first introduced me to Amy Tan by lending me "Joy Luck Club." This book far surpassed that book in describing the complex relationship of mothers and daughters. What made this story all the more touching is that my own mother is now facing some of the challenges that Ruth's mother faces.
So, mirrored in the story of a grandmother, mother and daughter, experiencing life and passing on a personal history that twists and turns from one generation to the other, is the story of my own mother and me, facing similar disagreements and reconcilliations. I don't believe it is much different for other women, regardless of cultural background.
I found the book heartwarming and sympathetic to the "previous generation," a guide and subtle warning to the "current generation," and a bittersweet victory for the indomitable human spirit.
Great story for a cold winter night. A story about people, their flaws, their great characters, their troubles. Delightful characters; you will just enjoy this story.
I have listened to this a couple times now and it always creates a smile and a chuckle. In fact, I wanted to hear another chapter. In the words of Oliver Twist, then, "More, Please!"
I enjoyed the first chapter of this book and was intrigued by the premise of being alone in the world. "What would I do?" But as I progressed through the book, I felt as if I were walking through mud. Some sections were repetitous and very slow. The characters introduced later in the story became flat. I had a hard time accepting some of the author's conclusions about how the surviving generation would relate the former culture to succeeding generations. The droning voice of the reader made the life of the characters seem joyless. I finally lost interest in the story and simply wanted to hear those famous last words: THE END!
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