Determined to escape this unfortunate situation, Lindo carefully observed the other people in the household and eventually formed a clever plan to escape her marriage without dishonouring herself, her family and her in-laws.
The stories told in this novel revolve around the Joy Luck Club women and their daughters.
Jing-Mei relates the story of how her mother Suyuan was the wife of an officer in the Kuomintang during World War II and how she was forced to flee from her home in Kweilin and abandon her twin daughters.
During the long journey, Suyuan contracts such severe dysentery that she feels certain she will die. She returns along with her mother An Mei to search for Bing, but in vain. An-Mei later immigrates to America, marries, and gives birth to seven children four sons, three daughters.
She had an unsettling childhood experience when her youngest brother, Bing, drowned while she was supposed to be watching him, and his body was never recovered.
Clair From a young age, Ying-Ying is told by her wealthy and conservative family that Chinese girls should be meek and gentle.
Lena feels frustrated and powerless. Fearing bad karma on the way, Wu Tsing honors both An-Mei and her brother as his children and their mother as his favorite 1st wife.
She later took back her sense of control when she finally had a talk to Lena and convinced her to leave Harold. Ying-Ying is horrified when she realises that Lena, a Tiger like herself, has inherited or emulated her passive behaviors and trapped herself in a loveless marriage with a controlling husband.
She later remarries, goes to Americaand forms a new Joy Luck Club with three other Chinese female immigrants she met at church. Suyuan then departs, expecting to die.
Ying-Ying marries a charismatic man named Lin Xiao not out of love, but because she believed it was her fate. She admits to Jing-Mei that she still has the talent to be a great pianist, but self-doubt holds her back. Well into her adult life, she finds herself restrained by her subconscious fear of letting her mother down.
This becomes a source of conflict for the young An-Mei, as her aunts and uncles deeply resent her mother for such a dishonorable act. Queen Mother of the Western Skies [ edit ] The final section of the novel returns to the viewpoints of the mothers as adults dealing with difficult choices.
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. Its loosely implied that he might have been gay.
This leads to an angry confrontation between the two of them. When Waverly believes that Lindo will object to her engagement to Rich after a failed dinner party, she discovers her mother had already accepted it. When her mother came to her family for their assistance, they cruelly refused and disowned her.
She is like her mother, like a ghost, and her mother wants to help her regain her spirit and stand up for herself. The other three mothers relate the stories of their childhood. Clair reveals how her first husband, a womanizer, abandoned her and how she married an American man she did not love after relinquishing her sense of control in her life.
She soon realized that her husband was a mere boy at heart and had no sexual interest in her. After some training for household duties through her in-laws, she and Tyan-yu married when she turned sixteen.
However, he insists that all household expenses be divided equally between them. Although Jing-Mei admits she had forgotten how to play the piano, Suyuan encourages her to try again. Now fearing An-Mei, Second Wife realizes the bad karma she has brought upon herself and backs down having lost control of the house.
Seeing this as an opportunity for her to be married and living comfortably, the servant girl cheerfully agreed with Lindo. This disappoints her mother because she wanted her to be a great pianist and Jing-Mei shows no interest in being anything else but herself. The story of their neighbors and the relationship between the mother and the daughter of the neighboring household is also mentioned.
This causes the Second Wife to realize that she has lost control of the household and brought trouble on herself, so she backs down. Rose marries a doctor, Ted Jordan, who loves her but also wants to spite his snooty, racist mother. This is especially difficult for her, as she feels it out of step with her character as a Tiger.
This forces Ted to take Rose more seriously and not continue taking her for granted.Book Review: The Joy Luck Club – by Amy Tan.
For Book Club Meeting: Saturday, 27th June Venue: Ms. Anupama Jain’s Residence. Time: pm to pm Ladies, I feel, commenting on a book is an education by itself; no seminars and conferences.
Sep 17, · "The Joy Luck Club" comes rushing off the screen in a torrent of memories, as if its characters have been saving their stories for years, waiting for the right moment to share them.4/4. The Joy Luck Club consists of sixteen interlocking stories about the lives of four Chinese immigrant mothers and their four American-born daughters.
Inthe four mothers meet at the First Chinese Baptist Church in San Francisco and agree to continue to meet to play mah jong. • Amy Tan will discuss The Joy Luck Club with John Mullan on 28 November at 7pm, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1.
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InTan's adaptation of her most popular fiction work, The Joy Luck Club, became a commercially successful film. She has written several other books, including The Kitchen God's Wife, The Hundred Secret Senses, and The Bonesetter's Daughter, and a collection of non-fiction essays entitled The Opposite of Fate: A Book of Musings/5(23K).Download