The Joy Luck Club

The Joy Luck Club

Book - 1989
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In 1949, four Chinese women--drawn together by the shadow of their past--begin meeting in San Francisco to play mah jong, invest in stocks and "say" stories. They call their gathering the Joy Luck Club--and forge a relationship that binds them for more than three decades. A celebrated novel in the tradition of Alice Adams and Margaret Atwood from the bestselling author of The Kitchen God's Wife.
Publisher: New York : Putnam's, c1989
ISBN: 9780143124849
Branch Call Number: FIC Tan A
Characteristics: 288 p. ; 24 cm


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Online Book Club pick for April 2021. This book explores the relationship between four Chinese immigrants and their American-born daughters.

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Jun 20, 2020

it's a very educational book and I highly recommend it.

Apr 27, 2020

I found this book somewhat bland and inconsistent. Some chapters, I found myself tearing up, while for other chapters, I found the characters struggles uninteresting and I simply did not enjoy reading their stories. The way the story is organized has much potential, however, I found it hard to follow the stories of each mother and daughter and I had to continually remind myself who each person I was reading about was and how their stories tied to the other stories. In addition, I really wished there could have been more in regards to the Joy Luck Club itself, as the book felt more like a series of short stories. I certainly really enjoyed some of these stories and would give them 5 stars as independent works because they masterfully evoked the feelings of the characters, time periods, and environment with subtle nuanced details, however, as a whole work, 'The Joy Luck Club' is lacking in consistency and completion.

I would definitely recommend reading the first chapter, Jing-Mei Woo: The Joy Luck Club, as it does a fantastic job of illustrating the struggles of Suyuan Woo during the Japanese occupation of China.

Aug 21, 2019

Well I read this book almost two decades ago when I was still in Southeast Asia- and the plot, the characters, the conflict, the feelings, the bright colours of the story- they are still vivid in my memory! What a beautiful and honest and realistic novel! This is my most favourite book of Amy Tan!

Groszerita May 16, 2019

Reread this book recently and loved it all over again. Mother daughter relationships, generational relationships, cultural differences.

May 08, 2019

Tried to put Joy Luck Club on Hold at Cody Now I don't see how to confirm.
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Kristen MERKE
Mar 05, 2019

Nothing like I expected, but enjoyable and powerful. Stories about love, family, history and the values of Chinese/American societies. Each character so unique and different, yet their similarities are what join them together to ultimately tell a story about loss.

Feb 04, 2019

Very interesting how all the stories weave together and the lessons they share.

Jan 30, 2019

Some of the stories were boring. One of the girls hated her mother. the others tried.

Nov 03, 2018

Did not care for this book-only read 20%

Nov 16, 2017

This is a great book for helping Westerners understand and appreciate Chinese culture. I learned a lot about the Japanese occupation of China I did not know and gained some understanding of what refugees go threw and the incredibly hard choices they often have to make to survive.
There is a lot of hilarious humor in this book; but it does nothing to diminish the terrible heartrending tragedy you will read in it.
In fact the reason I have not read any other Amy Tan books is because I found some of the stories in this one so painful to read.

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Jun 20, 2020

The Joy Luck Club book by Amy Tan talks about Chinese American women and her daughter. The short story called Two Kinds from the book holds the main part of the book. The woman always wants her daughter to become a child prodigy. She starts by quizzing her multiple questions in order to discover her hidden genius. However, she pushes her daughter to play the piano which comes from watching a Chinese girl playing piano on television and the woman would hope that her daughter could also be the one. Her daughter keeps practicing piano without having any interest in it. Every teenage person would find the book educational for every decision they make whether in school or extracurricular activity. I highly recommend the book for teenagers because teenagers are always under the control of their parents and the parents are included in every decision they make. I enjoyed reading the book since it is related to my age which also taught me to make reasonable decisions.

Mar 18, 2017

This is the story of four Chinese women and their daughters. The mothers suffered great losses in the war, both financial and personal. To bolster themselves and each other, they formed the "Joy Luck" club, in which they shared friendship and happiness that was theirs for at least just that moment. Eventually, they emigrated to San Francisco. Their daughters grew up as Americans, but their Chinese nature was permanently and inescapably in their blood and bones and souls. I very much enjoyed the way the Chinese viewpoint inserted itself into the most mundane situations, especially as the mothers tried to teach their daughters the difficult lessons of life.

EPLPicks_Teen Apr 07, 2010

Encompassing two generations and a rich blend of Chinese and American history, the story of four struggling, strong women also reveals their daughters' memories and feelings.


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Aug 31, 2015

"I seemed to hear less than what was said, while my mother heard more. "

Feb 08, 2015

"What was worse, we asked among ourselves, to sit and wait for our own deaths with proper somber faces? Or to choose our own happiness?"


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Mar 05, 2019

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