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The Joy Luck Club | [Amy Tan]

The Joy Luck Club

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Publisher's Summary

Four Chinese women, drawn together by the shadow of their past, meet in San Francisco to play mah jong, invest in stocks, eat dim sum, and to "say" stories to each other. Nearly 40 years later, one of the women has died, and her daughter arrives to take her place. However, the daughter never expected to learn of her mother's secret lifelong wish - and the tragic way in which it has come true. The revelation creates among the women an urgent need to remember the past. What is lost between generations and among friends - and what is salvaged - resonates throughout this novel of friendship among women and the relations between mothers and daughters.

Jacket Illustration ©1989 Gretchen Shields; Copyright ©1989

What the Critics Say

"Amy Tan effortlessly mixes tenderness and bitter irony, sorrow and slicing wit. The Joy Luck Club is a fabulous concoction." (Louise Erdrich)

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    Leslie Teicholz 03-16-04 Member Since 2009
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    "Joy Luck - abridged"

    This is a fabulous story - extremely well written but should not be abridged. I would have given it five stars had I listened to the entire book. It needed the extra flesh.

    26 of 28 people found this review helpful
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    Meagan vR Ohio 06-14-15
    Meagan vR Ohio 06-14-15 Member Since 2013

    I collect spores, molds, and fungus.

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    "Rare circumstance"

    This is a rare circumstance where the movie is better than the book. I was bored as all get out while listening to this.

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    Alyssa 05-08-15
    Alyssa 05-08-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Good but confusing"

    This book bounces around perspectives and stories from several people, so if you don't understand that a new chapter title identifying the new character is being read, it is easy to be momentarily confused about what is going on. I much prefer the Bonesetter's Daughter to this but I still liked it.

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    maesyn strite los angeles 03-09-15
    maesyn strite los angeles 03-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic"

    Just brilliant. Great accents, fascinating plot strands woven together! I loved it and couldn't stop listening to it, going in for a second round!

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    David A. Heckman 02-27-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent story"

    Love this book and remember seeing the movie of this book. Loved the narrator and what she brought as far as characters and engaging me as the reader. Great story of strength and honor within the family. You will enjoy this story as well

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    Anna Hickman 01-31-15
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    "Wonderful!"

    I loved the book and the audio was good as well. This was my first book on tape, so I have to say I'm not 100% used to heading someone else's voice while listening to a story but generally she did a good job. She pronounced Chinese words (which I could never have done) and had at times a believable Chinese accent that wasn't too much to take away from the story, but she changed her voice to pretend to have a mans voice and this was very strange. That's why I knocked off a star because her "man's voice" was very distracting and unnecessary. But over all it was good.

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    Kashari Seattle WA 09-21-10
    Kashari Seattle WA 09-21-10 Member Since 2010
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    "GREAT BOOK"

    I could listen to this book over and over again. Its one of the best mother and daughter books. Amy Tran is a great writer and its great that she reads it too.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    K. Lundeen Broomfield, CO United States 03-13-15
    K. Lundeen Broomfield, CO United States 03-13-15 Member Since 2013

    Kindle lover

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    "What is the point?"

    This was boring and pointless.
    I am not sure how it became such a popular book and movie. I did not enjoy this at all.

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    Michelle 07-07-12
    Michelle 07-07-12 Member Since 2011

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    "It was hard not to think about the movie."

    It was nice to have a set of faces to go with the characters since I had already see the movie countless time. The book wasn't a disappointment by far. In fact I quite enjoyed it except for some dragged out moments the were the stories could have become confusing. The narrator was truly wonderful. Gwendoline Yeo made a sad tale into a bit more up beat I will certainly be look for more of Ms.Yeo's narrations in the near future.

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