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5.0 von 5 Sternen Heart-warming story of four mothers and their daughters
Amy Tan writes about four mothers struggling through the hard times in life in order to live a better one in the future. The Joy Luck Club formed by four women in China allowed them to share their stories and forget their worries. These four mothers hoped that raising their daughters in America and raising them the American way will give them a more successful life...
Am 19. Oktober 1999 veröffentlicht

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1.0 von 5 Sternen A misleading book
I'm a graduate student from mainland China, living in New Jersey right now. I saw the movie on TV two years ago then I borrowed the book from my friends. Frankly, I think this book is pretty boring. As many American people like Chinese food here, but that's quite different from genuine Chinese style. Joy Luck Club is just like the modified Chinese food, many people...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Heart-warming story of four mothers and their daughters, 19. Oktober 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Joy Luck Club (Roman) (Taschenbuch)
Amy Tan writes about four mothers struggling through the hard times in life in order to live a better one in the future. The Joy Luck Club formed by four women in China allowed them to share their stories and forget their worries. These four mothers hoped that raising their daughters in America and raising them the American way will give them a more successful life. They hoped that their daughters will learn to take better steps in life, than to take the wrong ones that their mothers have taken in the past. But the relationship between a mother and a daughter is so deep that they learn that a piece of their mother's personality traits will always be with them. And no matter how Americanized a child may be raised, she will still see a Chinese part of herself inside. Amy Tan really has her own style of writing. She includes Mandarin lines which makes it interesting and her book is so detailed that it seems believable and very realistic. Each page is so touching that it makes me want to go onto the next to read what happens after. I would say that this is one of the best books I have read.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An Incredible Story of Mother-Daughter Relationships, 14. Mai 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Joy Luck Club (Roman) (Taschenbuch)
There is an indescribable dimension of powerful stories, lessons. and morals that can be learned and greatly appreciated from The Joy Luck Club. This story is about women's struggles and triumphs, their saddness and joy, and their regrets and hopes. It is a story of achieving success and the American Dream. It is about the powerful relationship existing between mothers and their daughters. This book has many valuable lessons to offer those who read it. It is filled with everyday issues that the youth of today deals with. The generation gaps between parent and child and the history and culture of two different countries make this book very powerful to its readers. This book is full of wisdom embedded into every page, unraveling a beautifully written story. So much is passed down from generation to generation, and each daughter in the story becomes a stronger person through her mothers' past. This book stresses the importance of learning from others' pasts. I enjoyed this book. I applied it to my life and it made me realize how much I have to learn from my mother and from my grandmother. This book teaches life lessons and shows the reader the big picture life. It does this by showing both sides to the same story. The stories in this book are very thought provoking. This was an incredible book.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A book that revolutionizes the story of Asians, 30. August 1998
Von Ein Kunde
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Joy Luck Club (Roman) (Taschenbuch)
The first time I read it, I fell in love with it. I've read it many many more times since and each time was as rich as the last. Please don't give up on this book, if you hate it the first time--try try again. It's worth it! I was really disappointed by the bad reception that some people gave this wonderful novel. This is probably the first book in a long while to let the mainstream see a glance into Asian culture. The novel may not reflect everyone's life EXACTLY but maybe a few elements one will find in their own life. Being a second generation Taiwanese, I related really well to this novel.However; it isn't a novel just for Asians, like the Bluest Eye isn't just for Africa-Americans, it is a story for everyone. I hope it opens up people eye's to see that in truth everyone shares the same gripes, tragedies, joys, and flawed relationships. Many of the stories of generational gaps are right on the mark; my sister and mother both agree that this is an exceptional novel. The film is very good on it's own, but there are a few scenes that are definitly not historically coreect. But for both the remarkable book and film, I cried because it was as familiar as the life I've grown up with.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen A misleading book, 25. August 1998
Von Ein Kunde
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Joy Luck Club (Roman) (Taschenbuch)
I'm a graduate student from mainland China, living in New Jersey right now. I saw the movie on TV two years ago then I borrowed the book from my friends. Frankly, I think this book is pretty boring. As many American people like Chinese food here, but that's quite different from genuine Chinese style. Joy Luck Club is just like the modified Chinese food, many people love it, but you think that is really what's happening in China and you can learn something about Chinese culture from this book, you are absolutely mislead by it. Wild Swans - Three Daughters of China is a much better book, I sincerely recommended it, believe me.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen The Joy Luck Club:book review, 28. März 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Joy Luck Club (Roman) (Taschenbuch)
"In America I will have a daughter just like me. But over there nobody will say her worth is measured by the loudness of her husband's belch. Over there nobody will look down on her, because I will make her speak only perfect American English. And over there she will always be too full to swallow any sorrow." This was one of the many thoughts that four Chinese women had when coming to America. They all came looking for a better life and a better future.
This book takes place in San Francisco around the 1970's. The four women from China, Suyuan Woo, An-mei Hsu, Lindo Jong, and Ying-ying St. Clair, form the Joy Luck Club. The Joy Luck Club is a gathering of four women, and each week, one of them hosts a party to raise money and they eat special foods that bring good luck. Then they would play mah jong and whoever won got the money. This was their way of keeping their spirits up through their hardships. This was also what brought Jing-mei "June" Woo, Rose Hsu Jordan, Waverly Jong, and Lena St. Clair, together.
A problem that they all share is that since the mothers were born in China and the daughters were born in America, there is more of an inability for them to communicate with each other. The mothers have the tragedies of their childhoods in China in their memories, and the daughters have lived safe and comfortable lives when they were children. This difference in background also helped in the lack of understanding between them. Throughout the novel, all of them recall events in their lives and the lessons they learned from those events or from the people around them. They recall big turning points in their lives that changed them and helped to make them the people they are today. In recalling these events and the lessons they learned, they deal with similar problems in their present day lives and grow as individuals.
This book was very well written and it is a good example of how people can learn from the past. No one should dismiss this book because they think that it's a book for Asian people to read. The relationship between the mother and the daughter and the lessons they learn can be applied to any culture. The book was a little hard to follow at first because it jumps around to different people a few times and it's easy to get the people and the stories confused. Something that might help is stopping before each chapter and looking back at the previous stories as a reminder of what else has happened to the person in their life and to help keep the individual's stories separated. Also, look at their mother's/daughter's story to help tie that family's history together.
The author did a great job of tying the different stories together. Each person's story was different enough to keep the reader interested and allow them to discover new things, but they were also similar enough to make sure that the stories related to each other and helped to achieve the same purpose. From reading this book, a person could take the things that the characters learned and apply it to their own life. A person could also gain a little more understanding of another culture and also the differences between two generations.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Chinese reception to this book seems poor, 12. Januar 1998
Von Ein Kunde
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Joy Luck Club (Gebundene Ausgabe)
Being a Chinese American, I was elated by this book's success in the market, and bought a hardcover copy immediately after it first came out. But I was disappointed. I couldn't finish reading it despite several attempts. The story was just boring to me. Later I read some negative reviews in a Taiwanese newspaper on this book. Some of the top writers in the Chinese literary community felt this book was a prime example of what they termed "antique selling". They criticized that many novels by Chinese American writers sell ancient ills of China, such as bound feet, horrors of old-fashioned families, to the American public which takes to this well. According to this review, the problem with these literature is they don't really teach the Americans to look at China or the Chinese in a modern context. Instead, they encourage stereotyping. For example, the women characters in Joy Luck Club were victims, a la traditional Chinese sterotype. The male characters were abusers, none of them likeable. As usual there was a lack of positive Chinese male characters. The review made me think. I myself simply couldn't get into this story because it was boring to me. But my uncle, a Chinese man educated both in China and in America, walked out of the movie version of Joy Luck Club after he had gone to see it with high hopes of a Chinese triumph. Reading all the glowing reviews here, with but one exception of a pan by a Chinese reader, I feel even more alert at the different receptions this book is receiving from the Americans and the Chinese. Very interesting, indeed. I do remember how, when The Godfather first came out, some Italian Americans were upset at the book. In the end, I think many books do offer sickening archetypes. The Americans are of course interested in getting to know some Chinese archetypes; and the Chinese tend to become upset at what they call the "ill caricatures". I myself hold understaing for both views. I simply find the story boring. I still have it on my shelf, but still can't finish it. I have a hard time understanding why this is such a higly regarded book. On the other hand, a friend of mine wrote a novel which had a character many of her Chinese friends identified with. We felt it was at last a "normal Chinese person". But when she sent it to a publisher, it was rejected on account of "the character is totally Americanized." Very funny. Bottom line is: while this book may seem impressive to the Americans, many Chinese feel it's boring, and/or has too many negative stereotypes. I've come to realize that some of the most stereotype cowboy movies had appealed to me while I was growing up in China and knew nothing about America. Without those movies, I would not have been enticed into the American culture. I'm glad Joy Luck Club has generated so much interest in the American audience. I hope also that this interest will not die at this point, but will lead to more in-depth interest in the real, modern Chinese culture. Please don't stop here, Amy Tan, go forward with more modern stories.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An amazing, heart-felt story that was hard to put down., 18. Mai 1999
Von Ein Kunde
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Joy Luck Club (Roman) (Taschenbuch)
Amy Tan truly is a prodigy! Her style of writing is captivating. One of her books, The Joy Luck Club, was unforgettable. It told of four Chinese women who left China during war-time in hopes for their future American-born children. Each mother and daughter had their own significance along with their own triumphant stories. Tan told the different stories in such a staggering way that, at times, it was difficult to differentiate the few characters. I realized that each mother struggled with associating with their daughter during atleast one point of the book. One daughter, who's mother had died, was on a mission to find her long-lost older sisters while fumbling with remembering her mother. Another daughter, who's mother was unemotional and very demanding, struggled with pleasing her mother. The third mother-daughter relationship was with Ying-Ying and Lena. Ying-Ying had always kept a distance from her daughter Lena and became completely secluded at times. Lena found it extremely difficult to understand her mother and they incessantly dealt with their undeniable separtation. The last bond was between An-mei and Rose. They were always surrounded by unanswered questions about eachother's past experiences. Each mother along with their daughter were examples of worldly, venacular relationships while also showing Chinese customs and culture. I recommend this book to anyone, man or woman, with great certainty.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An Immigrant Story, 7. März 1998
Von Ein Kunde
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Joy Luck Club (Roman) (Taschenbuch)
I was very suprised to see the review describing this book as supporting stereotypes. I am not asian and therefore cannot argue with you. I know that when I read the book I see it as a story of two worlds...the immigrant's story. I was only three when my family moved to this country from the mid-east and constantly feel my two worlds pulling me in different directions. I thought The Joy Luck Club portrayed this conflict very well. It is about the tradition and supertition of the homeland colliding with american values. I was fortunate to at twelve years old visit the country my parents grew up in. It is too bad that all immigrant children cannot do this. I now take less of what I have for granted, but I will never completely understand my mother's world. This book is not about Chinese women to me but rather immigrant women. Women who come to this country to escape their horrors and have daughters who cannot relate to them. When my mother and I talk about Amy Tan (we both have read all her books) we focus on the feelings we share with her characters. I would recommend this book to anyone especially immigrant women and their daughters.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A good read, a little slow in places, but fascinating., 25. Oktober 1998
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Joy Luck Club (Roman) (Taschenbuch)
After looking at the number of other reviews, I doubt anyone will get this far. Also, I'll make brief comments separated by a return to save reader's eyes.Amy Tan is a good story-teller, but the language usage and style isn't as eloquent as it could be.All men, and as a matter of fact, all characters are portrayed as having weaknesses. The caucasian male who marries one of the older Chinese women and does the speaking for her is an example. Is this any better than physically binding a woman?The Joy Luck Club compliments Tienanmen Square, Iron and Silk, the Rape of Nanking, and Wild Swans for those trying to get a picture of contemporary China.It should be described as Chinese-American literature rather than Chinese literature.As a student of Asian studies with knowledge of Asian thought, this book hits the nail on the head in its portrayal of China as dynastic country where everything "old" is periodically destroyed for a "new and better" way and the victims manage to survive anyway.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The only thing I regret ..., 15. Juni 2000
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is not being able to read it for the first time again.
I picked this book up on a whim. It was on my freshman summer reading list and I figured 'what the heck, I don't know that much about Chinese culture'. And I was suprised.
The book is basically a bunch of linked stories about four woman and their daughters. These seven women (one of the mothers has recently died) tell two stories from their past, and for some of the daughters their present, that weave together to make one big Chinese modern fairy tale. My favorites had to be 'The Red Candle', 'Two Kinds', 'Rice Husband', and 'Magpies', but all were very good.
And even if you aren't Chinese, and don't know anything about them, Amy Tan's poetic language will basically float you through this book like a calm river. She writes with wonderful talent and I will definately be reading one of her books again, that will hopefully be just as good as this one.
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