Thursday, September 15, 2005

The Joy Luck Club

The Joy Luck Club is a very interesting book written by Amy tan. It has also been made into a movie. The book deals with immigration and second generation immigrants. The story centers around June who just lost her mother. Her mother and 3 other friends of hers met up frequently. They called themselves the Joy Luck Club and this club was their way of dealing with the stress of moving to a new country. They ate dim sum, played mahjong and talked. They shared a strong friendship and survived the hardships of immigration because they had each other. On the death of her mother, June is called to take her place. For the rest of the book, we hear the stories of each of the mahjong players and their US-born daughters. 
This book seemed to be very apt to be reading right now. I just moved to the US from India and the book's main theme was differences in culture and how to adapt to the changes. I really liked reading it.
I loved the way the book was written.. 4 parts to the novel - 8 different stories (4 mothers, 4 daughters). I somehow preferred the stories and the view points of the mothers to that of the daughters. But thats just my preference.
I would totally recommend this book to anyone who loves to read!