Monday, March 8, 2010

Book #15 - The Joy Luck Club

The Joy Luck Club
Amy Tan

I've had a copy of this book on my bookshelf for some time now. I have no idea where it came from, or if it is even my book. But I had read all the library books I had checked out, and instead of waiting until the next day to go to the library, I decided to pick this book up and read it.

I know that I could have really liked this book, but a few things really bothered me. I really liked the writing, and the individual stories were interesting, but there were just too many things going on. If you haven't read it, it is the stories of 4 women and their 4 daughters. Each chapter has a different author. I found myself having to go back to the beginning of the book at the start of each new chapter so I could remember who the author of that chapter was. Then I had to look up any previous chapters by that author and remind myself of what happened in the previous chapter(s). I felt like none of the stories were really complete, and it left me feeling like the book was unfinished. I could have handled maybe one mother and one daughter. But all 8 people - it was just way too confusing. I do think I'd like to read another book from this author, though, because like I said, I did enjoy the writing.

Have you read this book? Share your feelings!


Cassie said...

I've had this book on my to-read list for literally years! I think 8 different main characters would confuse me too.

Abby said...

I like this book, too. I'm starting to think I'm not much of a critic because I like everything! And for what it's worth: It's one of my favorite movies, as well.

Deborah said...

Abby - I've never seen the movie, but I'm thinking about going to check it out!

Barbara said...

Nice review, Deborah. It did have a LOT of switching back and forth between generations but I still liked it. I read it quite a few years ago via my book group. One thing about a good book club is they hash over everything.