Jacket Illustration ©1989 Gretchen Shields; Copyright ©1989
"Amy Tan effortlessly mixes tenderness and bitter irony, sorrow and slicing wit. The Joy Luck Club is a fabulous concoction." (Louise Erdrich)
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.
I had to read this novel for school but somehow ended up really loving it and I've fallen for the plot that was developed in this amazing story that Ms. Amy Tan had written. I believe the most memorable parts of this novel was the dinner that they had in Waverly was calling out people for their mistakes that they had in life and everyone sat around the table eating crab. I would definitely recommend this book to people because it has an excellent story to tell of an amazing woman even though it's fictional.
I have read and enjoyed all of Amy Tan's novels. Since this is an early one, it isn't always easy to keep track of individual characters. The story and the emotion are well worth reading.
On the other hand, I did not care for the narrator. I liked the voice of the main character, but some of the others were very abrasive-- maybe how an American voice sounds to an Asian. Also, several words were mispronounced. An example: lapel rhymed with label. I fault the producer/editor for missing those words.
Overall, I recommend this book.
I collect spores, molds, and fungus.
This is a rare circumstance where the movie is better than the book. I was bored as all get out while listening to this.
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.
Avid audio book gobbler, hungry for stories, words strung together into strands
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!
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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