Circumference of Darkness

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One needs to get in touch with his inner Chinese feminine side Amy Tan s most famous book offered ample opportunity in that regard The JLC is all about the relationships between Chinese moms and their daughters Honestly I picked this up as part of my studies into Chinese culture My brother has been teaching English over there for a few years now and I plan on visiting one day As per usual I like to read up on a place before the trip Some people say that spoils the surprise but I feel like I get out of the visit that way There always seems to be plenty of surprises when you travel to the other side of the world regardless of the prep workWas this useful for Chinese studies Not 100% The stories herein which are no doubt heavily indebted to Tan s personal experiences are not only fictional but they re also about the Chinese American experience A good personal experiences are not only fictional but they re also about the Chinese American experience A good of the book takes place in the US There are many old worldhome land stories and Tan does an excellent ob "Including And Describing Chinese "and describing Chinese and traditions It s An Egg-cellent Easter! (Barbie) just that most of the time they are tainted or at least touched by the hand of the West The relationships themselves and how they play out is for the most part satisfying Emotions sometimes run high and occasionally over There are laughs to be had in everyday misunderstandings The characters may be foreign to me but were nevertheless utterly relatable After all most everyone has a parent child relationship to relate to My own relationship with my mother was for better or worse close I may not be a woman or Chinese but that hardly matters as nothing was lost in Tan s translation of the mother child bond During high school when I did not have the life experience to fully appreciate her work I read each of Amy Tan s books as they came out Now years later with many other books and various experiences under my belt I reread The Joy Luck Club Tan s first book as part of my March Women s History Month lineup Following her mother s death June Mei Woo has replaced her mother Suyuan at her monthly mahong game Suyuan started this game and Joy Luck Club when she first immigrated to the United States as a way to maintain her Chinese culture in a new country The other families who oined her the Hsus Jongs and St Claires became like family as together they celebrated festivals children s birthdays and indoctrinated the next generation in Chinese culture Yet June Mei and her friends from the group Waverly Rose and Lena for the most part were interested in achieving the American dream often times at the expense of their mothers who worked hard to preserve their Chinese cultural existence It is also only at these meetings that these four ladies could pour out the sorrows of the life they left behind in China including extended families who stayed in villages while these fortunate ones moved to Shanghai and Hong Kong and then to the United States Away from these intimate gatherings even the daughters of these women did not know much about their mothers lives in China It is at the opening of the book that June Mei finds out that her mother had twin daughters in China who she abandoned as babies and after all these years they have been found Much to June Mei s chagrin the older women urge her to travel to China to meet her sisters and teach them about their mother s heritage While much about immigration experience The Joy Luck Club is also about both the younger and older generation s path to self discovery Tan uses a vignette format to alternate stories between the younger and older women with June Mei s voice serving as a voice between the two I enjoyed learning about life in pre revolutionary rural China and the hardships that drove the Chinese to immigrate in the first place Once in the United States however the protagonists strove to preserve the same language food culture of the China that they were uick to leave behind The fact that none of their daughters chose to marry Chinese men attests to the generation gap between first and second generation immigrants of any ethnic group As in many cases when the children move toward middle age then they become interested in their parents heritage as is the case here Unfortunately it does change the gap that had been created when the children shunned their culture in exchange for life as normal Americans When published The Joy Luck Club was an innovative look at Chinese immigrants and how being Chinese changes with each generation Tan has encouraged an entire generation of Chinese American writers who we can enjoy today and now there are a plethora of cultural groups writing about their immigrant experience I recently read as part of a buddy read The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri and many of the participants noted that Lahiri s writing is much like Tan s a generation later Talking about how Indian culture changes from one generation to the next Lahiri does seem much as Tan the torch bearer for this style of writing That the Joy Luck Club has been an on the same page selection in multiple cities as well as studied in schools speaks to its enduring ualities I look forward to revisiting Tan s other books again and rate The Joy Luck Club 4 bright star. Each woman reveals her secrets trying to unravel the truth about her life the strings become tangled entwined Mothers boast or despair over daughters and daughters roll their eyes even as they feel the inextricable tightening of their matriarchal ties Tan is an astute storyteller enticing readers to immerse themselves into these lives of complexity and mystery. Rience as influential as it is I feel kind of "cheated out What Could Have Been could have been great story by a truly dreadful narration on audible Some of the voices "out what could have been a great story by a truly dreadful narration on audible Some of the voices totally over the top and sounded cartoonish and listening to this one became a annoying and I gave up 30% in to the bookAudible can make or break a book unfortunately this one didnt work for me as its difficult to concentrate on the words when the narrator is using cartoonish voices or on some of the characters and because this is a story where there are many characters and many stories this can become uite tedious However the great thing about audible is you can "Return The Book If For Whatever Reason "the book if for whatever reason are not enjoying the experience and I think this is works pretty well as every now and again I come across a narrator that ust takes away from a bookWhile I didn t enjoy the audio version I dont think I will invest in the hard copy format as I found the structure of the story confusing and while I like books that examine mother and daugher relationships and stories where American Immigrants families tell their stories I did find the story skipped around too much and I was having difficulty connecting with the characters Again this may be down to the audio version but I am not feeling the love so not going to invest any time or cash on this one Those of you who read my blog are most likely aware that my relationship with my mother is not all bouncing bunnies and beautiful butterflies As an American born son raised with traditionally Asian standards my childhood has been filled with conflicts resulting in screaming matches and bountiful tears So reading The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan was uite the vicarious experience though I am not Chinese nor a daughter I could connect to several of the themes that ran throughout the novelThe interweaving vignettes that comprise the book are too intricate to explain completely without writing a long review but the book is basically about four Chinese women who immigrate to San Francisco They have all endured great hardship but are each hopeful about their futures as well as their daughters futures Through sixteen short stories we are able to view major events in their lives that have shaped their mindsets their worlds and their relationships with one anotherAmy Tan s writing is devastatingly simple Her diction is not all that convoluted but the drama and tension she manages to create through her choice of words is astounding After reading certain sentences and phrases I stopped and thought dang That was deep Indeed Tan s deceptively simple writing style is realistic and piercing and poignant all at onceThe theme that struck me the most while reading the novel was the inter generational loss that afflicted the characters The misunderstandings that occurred and all the things that were lost in translation were truly tragic and still are tragic in contemporary society However after finishing the book and tearing up at the bittersweet endings I ve come to the conclusion that what really matters is the love one feels for their child and the longing to leave one s legacy with their son or daughter in order for them to succeedWhile I had difficulty discerning the characters from one another while reading the book I had to constantly reference the front section to keep myself from utter confusion overall I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a bittersweet story about Chinese culture or the unbreakable bond between mothers and daughterscross posted from my blog the uiet voice It s not fashionable to profess a liking for The Joy Luck Club In both academic and literary circles Tan has been maligned for her seeming misandry and racial self loathing raked across the coals for her largely negative portrayal of AsianAsian American men and for marrying off all her Asian American female characters to white men She s been dismissed for writing chick lit lightweight family melodrama laced with orientalist cliches She s even been accused of being politically reactionary As Asian American literature scholar Erin Ninh states in her academic text Ingratitude The Joy Luck Club conveniently ignores America s systemic racial and economic discrimination It must be understood as part and parcel of an assimilationist obfuscation of power And yet I have a soft spot for this book Because damn it Amy Tan was a pioneer a groundbreaker When I first read this novel at age 14 or so it really spoke to me It thrilled me that someone was finally writing down the difficult truths of Asian American mother daughter relationships exposing the hidden realities of my private life to the public eye A risky thing to do as Amy Chua learned to her chagrin decades later Waverly Jong s tragic story of chess playing and mother daughter psychological warfare how could anyone not find it unforgettable The scene where Lindo Jong poisons her daughter s mind against the mink coat she previously loved doesn t it perfectly sum up the complicated lovehate dynamic between two devious and damaged women intelligent and yet conditioned by society to waste their intelligence scheming against each other Why read The Joy Luck Club Because sometimes. Eir daughters who have never heard these stories think their mothers' advice is irrelevant to their modern American lives – until their own inner crises reveal how much they've unknowingly inherited of their mothers' pasts With wit and sensitivity Amy Tan examines the sometimes painful often tender and always deep connection between mothers and daughters As. Ok I admit it I was obsessed with Amy Tan my first year of college I learned all there was about her read The Joy Luck Club and finally I gave up hopeAs a freshmen at Linfield College I was astonished that Amy Tan could have possibly walked the same hallowed halls of Melrose perhaps sat in the same offices in the English department or read a book in Northrup s astro turf room My daydreams were filled with her coming over to my dorm room to have tea and talk literature She would tell me what truly inspired her some secrets and a few great Wish Upon a Wedding jokesIn reality I spent a lot of time looking her up in the old yearbooks at the library Oak Leaves circa 1970 and 1971 I think Horribly despicable I did learn some of her secrets I learned that she never graduated from Linfield which pretty much means nothingbut I did discover that she possibly met her husband there Mr Lou DeMattei Also during this first year of Linfield I got one of thoseobs at the PHONE A THON calling alumni to update their information and beg for donations I was going to call Amy Tan and speak with her myself Thankfully for my sanity I uit before that happenedAmy began to dissolve as an enigma for me she was ust another celebrity another writer of a book The book was beautifully written and for obvious reasons made me homesick It made me feel closer to my mother than ever and I knew that like the women in the book I would have a special bond with her foreverThe sad thing is after I finished the book my love affair a la John Hinckley Jr with Amy Tan ended and I cannot bear to pick up any of her other booksAnother hilarious thing is I found this on Tan s websitePlease make special note of personal errata 2 and 9I rest my case We were meant to be with each other A collection of linked short stories sketching the complexities of mother daughter bonds between Chinese American women Alternating between tales set in China and the United States the work sensitively renders the inner lives of four friends and their daughters who struggle to communicate with each other and clash over the course of their future I really wish I like this one than I did I have heard about it for years and have seen it on many must read lists I kept waiting for it to click with me but it never didIt is not a bad book and my rating only reflects my experience with it It is well written and the different stories in it are all interesting but my mind kept wandering I feel like there was not enough to keep me focused As I can tell from other reviews this is not an issue for many other people But when I got to the end and it hadn t clicked I knew it was not going only must read listI think one of the biggest issues for me was keeping the characters and timelines straight in the midst of freuent story umps I think there were some storiescharacters that started their telling early in the book and then didn t come back until late in the book Because of this I had trouble putting two and two togetherI say it is worth trying because you will likely not have the same experience I did But if you "do don t say I didn t warn you The Joy Luck "don t say I didn t warn you The Joy Luck Amy TanThe Joy Luck Club is a 1989 novel written by Amy Tan It focuses on four Chinese American immigrant families in San Francisco who start a club known as The Joy Luck Club playing the Chinese game of Mahjong for money while feasting on a variety of foods The book is structured somewhat like a Mahjong game with four parts divided into four sections to create sixteen chapters The three mothers and four daughters one mother Suyuan Woo dies before the novel opens Stories about their lives in the form of vignettes Each part is preceded by a parable relating to the game 1996 1373 383 20 1989 After I read The Joy Luck Club summer reuired reading before sopho English in high school I started pestering my mom about her abandoned children in mainland China I also declared that I would name my two kids after the aforementioned abandoned children Spring Flower and Spring RainMy mom laughed in my face about the latter saying no self respecting Chinese would give their kids such pedestrian names and would be mock pissed about the formerThe truth is that The Joy Luck Club got some things right and got a lot of other things dramatic The stuff that rang the most true with me was the angsty rivalry between Waverly and June particularly June s meltdown at the piano recital a consistent paranoia of mine throughout
"Childhood And Waverly S Accusations "
and Waverly s accusations her mother a fantasy of mine growing upI now realize that some of my issues with my mom were probably planted by reading The Joy Luck Club others were valid insofar as they existed within the collective repressed thoughts of first generation Asian Americans forced to compete against the highest standards their parents I think The Joy Luck Club is important because it was prominent in the mainstream and it finally allowed ABCs American born Joy Luck Club is important because it was prominent in the mainstream and it finally allowed ABCs American born to recognize themselves in a major work of literature The problem is that the book came out almost twenty years ago and there have been nearly no major additions to the genre I hate for people to think JLC is definitive about our culture and expe. Four mothers four daughters four families whose histories shift with the four winds depending on who's telling the stories In 1949 four Chinese women recent immigrants to San Francisco meet weekly to play mahjong and tell stories of what they left behind in China United in loss and new hope for their daughters' futures they call themselves the Joy Luck Club Th. The Joy Luck Club