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The Opposite of Fate | [Amy Tan]

The Opposite of Fate

Amy Tan was born into a family that believed in fate. In The Opposite of Fate: A Book of Musings, she explores this legacy, as well as American circumstances, and finds ways to honor the past while creating her own brand of destiny. She discovers answers in everyday actions and attitudes - from writing stories and decorating her house with charms, to dealing with three members of her family afflicted with brain disease and shaking off both family curses and the expectations that she should become a doctor and a concert pianist.
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Amy Tan was born into a family that believed in fate. In The Opposite of Fate: A Book of Musings, she explores this legacy, as well as American circumstances, and finds ways to honor the past while creating her own brand of destiny. She discovers answers in everyday actions and attitudes - from writing stories and decorating her house with charms, to dealing with three members of her family afflicted with brain disease and shaking off both family curses and the expectations that she should become a doctor and a concert pianist.

With the same spirit, humor, and magic that characterize her beloved novels, Amy Tan presents a refreshing antidote to the world-weariness and uncertainties we face today, contemplating how things happen - in her own life and beyond - but always returning to the question of fate and its opposites: the choices, charms, influences, attitudes, and lucky accidents that shape us all.

©2011 Amy Tan (P)2004 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Martyna CHICAGO, IL, United States 07-09-12
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    "A Book that Every Aspiring Writer Should Read"
    What made the experience of listening to The Opposite of Fate the most enjoyable?

    I really enjoyed the fact that it was read by the author. It gave the book very personal feeling. In addition, since it was read by the author, we were able to take a pick into her life and the world she lived in. When she was taking about her family and the language barrier we were able to hear it as is she had instead of only imaging what that would be like. This added a huge realism to the story.


    What other book might you compare The Opposite of Fate to and why?

    I can’t think of any except maybe for “On Writing” by Stephen King. This book, in a way, is also an autobiography mixed with the stories about writing and pointers to aspiring writers.


    What about Amy Tan’s performance did you like?

    I absolutely adore her voice that was very calming. I did not feel as if I was listening to a book. In fact, throughout the listening experience, I felt as if I was with her in the room, and over a cup of tea, I listened to her life story.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    You never know where your life would take you.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book., Must read. Loved it!!! I only wish it was not abridged.

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