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The Bonesetter's Daughter By Amy Tan, The Bonesetter s Daughter The Bonesetter s Daughter, published in , is Amy Tan s fourth novel Like much of Tan s work, this book deals with the relationship between an American born Chinese woman and her immigrant mother. Amy Tan Academy of Achievement In , Amy Tan was earning an excellent living writing speeches for business executives She worked around the clock to meet the demands from her many high priced clients, but she took no joy in the work, and felt frustrated and unfulfilled In her s, she took up writing fiction A year later her first book, a collection of interrelated stories called The Joy Luck Club was an international Bio Born in the U.S to immigrant parents from China, Amy Tan grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area in a succession of twelve homes by the time she graduated from high school. Amy Tan Amy Tan born February , is an American writer whose works explore mother daughter relationships and the Chinese American experience Her novel The Joy Luck Club was adapted into a film in by director Wayne Wang. Tan has written several other novels, including The Kitchen God s Wife, The Hundred Secret Senses, The Bonesetter s Daughter, Saving Fish from Drowning, and Amy Tan Biography, Books, Facts Britannica Tan grew up in California and in Switzerland and studied English and linguistics at San Jose State University B.A M.A and the University of California, Berkeley.She was a highly successful freelance business writer in when she took her Chinese immigrant mother to revisit China.There Tan, for the first time, met two of her half sisters, a journey and a meeting that Two Kinds Themes eNotes Discussion of themes and motifs in Amy Tan s Two Kinds eNotes critical analyses help you gain a deeper understanding of Two Kinds so you can excel on your essay or test. Two Kinds Summary eNotes What happens in Two Kinds Two Kinds forms one of the sections of Amy Tan s bestselling novel, The Joy Luck Club.In it, June and her mother Suyuan come into conflict when Suyuan becomes Amy Tan Amy Tan, Writer Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat Amy Tan was born in Oakland, California, USA and attended San Jose State University, where she received a master s degree in linguistics She has written essays for numerous magazines a few books The Joy Luck Club Tan, Amy correct ISBN ID Amy Tan was born in the US to immigrant parents from China Her novels include The Joy Luck Club, The Kitchen God s Wife, The Hundred Secret Senses, The Bonesetter s Daughter and Saving Fish from Drowning, all New York Times bestsellers and the recipient of various awards. Joy Luck Club Essay Bartleby Sep , Joy Luck Club Essay Words Pages In the novel, Joy Luck Club, we see Waverly Jong and June Woo s competitiveness when Waverly becomes a child chess prodigy and June struggles to master the piano.

  • Title: The Bonesetter's Daughter
  • Author: Amy Tan
  • ISBN: 9780345457370
  • Page: 212
  • Format: Paperback
  • Ruth Young and her widowed mother, LuLing, have always had a tumultuous relationship Now, before she succumbs to forgetfulness, LuLing gives Ruth some of her writings, which reveal a side of LuLing that Ruth has never known In a remote mountain village where ghosts and tradition rule, LuLing grows up in the care of her mute Precious Auntie as the family endures a cuRuth Young and her widowed mother, LuLing, have always had a tumultuous relationship Now, before she succumbs to forgetfulness, LuLing gives Ruth some of her writings, which reveal a side of LuLing that Ruth has never known In a remote mountain village where ghosts and tradition rule, LuLing grows up in the care of her mute Precious Auntie as the family endures a curse laid upon a relative known as the bonesetter When headstrong LuLing rejects the marriage proposal of the coffinmaker, a shocking series of events are set in motion all of which lead back to Ruth and LuLing in modern San Francisco The truth that Ruth learns from her mother s past will forever change her perception of family, love, and forgiveness.
    The Bonesetter s Daughter Ruth Young and her widowed mother LuLing have always had a tumultuous relationship Now before she succumbs to forgetfulness LuLing gives Ruth some of her writings which reveal a side of LuLing th

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    1. As an adolescent reader, Amy Tan used to be one of my favorite authors, yet, at the time, I did not appreciate the scope of her writing One of my 2017 reading goals is to revisit authors I read during that time so as to fully enjoy their work The Bonesetter s Daughter, an sweeping novel that takes a reader from California to prerevolutionary China and back again, is the second of Tan s books that I have read this year A story featuring a strong mother daughter connection that is emblematic of Ta [...]

    2. Amy Tan has a way of starting a story that s impossible to put down For the first half of the book I kept wondering what about it made it so good Anecdotal stories, relatable characters, Chinese folklore for interest these are all good, but I finally realized in the last quarter of the book why I liked it so much Because it s a book about learning to love your past no matter how many scars it gives you, and learning to love and forgive your parents and ancestors, no matter what they may have don [...]

    3. Onvan The Bonesetter s Daughter Nevisande Amy Tan ISBN 345457374 ISBN13 9780345457370 Dar 368 Safhe Saal e Chap 2001

    4. Amy Tan s books are like a fine wine they re meant to be savored, to get the maximum amount of enjoyment out of each drop or word on each page.I have yet to read a book that s worthy of anything less than 5 stars Knock on wood, let s hope it stays that way.Ruth is a 46 year old professional woman with a busy life of her own she has a successful but demanding career, a live in boyfriend with whom she has a complicated relationship, 2 step kids who are bratty imho for most of the book, and finally [...]

    5. This is a chronicle of voicelessness across three generations of a Chinese family it captures how these women lost their voices, why they continued to be voiceless, and how they attempted to reclaim their voice Voice in this book is both literal and figurative it s about standing up for oneself, speaking one s truth, being acknowledged, being understood, and not being censored And the perpetrators who claim the women s voices can be cultural, personal through the violation of one s secrets or bo [...]

    6. This was the first Amy Tan book I read This book wasn t specifically recommended, but the author was I was expecting something magical to happen as I turned the pages, but I couldn t get past the first four or five chapters of the book Besides the overly long sections of actionless description the story stagnated because of a poor balance between backstory, scene setup and description, and actual let s move things along plot , the main character Ruth is so weak and whiny that I couldn t empathiz [...]

    7. I think that when Amy Tan is right on she is definitely right on A few years ago I devoured every book she had written and still have all of her books on my bookshelf I decided to re read The Bonesetter s Daughter for my Booklikes opoly square The Bonesetter s Daughter is told as a shifting narrative of a Chines American daughter Ruth trying to deal with her mother LuLing who is starting to lose her memory due to Alzheimer s Ruth feels frustrated trying to deal with her mother and with her relat [...]

    8. I just didn t enjoy this as much as Amy Tan s other books Her plot development, with its mother daughter issues, has become almost a formula She does do a credible job describing life in China in the last century and I came away with a deeper understanding of that culture I just never thought of Amy Tan as the Maeve Binchy of Asian writing This is not meant to be a criticism of Maeve Binchy, an author whose well written books I think are fun to read It just is I get the impression that she keeps [...]

    9. 4 4.5 stars.Tan portrayed in a great way the cultural and language conflicts between migrant parents and their kids.I also enjoyed the part of the book set in China from 1915 to 1950.

    10. At the beginning of Amy Tan s fourth novel, two packets of papers written in Chinese calligraphy fall into the hands of Ruth Young One bundle is titled Things I Know Are True and the other, Things I Must Not Forget The author That would be the protagonist s mother, LuLing, who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer s disease In these documents the elderly matriarch, born in China in 1916, has set down a record of her birth and family history, determined to keep the facts from vanishing as her mind de [...]

    11. nytimes books 01 02 1 The Bonesetter s Daughter is divided into three sections The first, set in present day California, introduces us to Ruth Young, a Chinese American woman whose 10 year relationship with the man she loves is deteriorating for reasons she doesn t understand When her mother shows signs of dementia, Ruth suddenly becomes aware of what her mother s memory loss means the disappearance of stories that will help Ruth understand her family and give her the sense that she is part of a [...]

    12. Meaningless words are a mere group of letters And if these words are weaved into a 350 pages manuscript, the essential plot is misplaced between the evaporation of its characters.Tan exaggeratedly lengthens the stereotypical dilemma of two generations of women mother daughter trying to find solace in a past laden with secrets and customs that mold cultural uprightness Disappointing outcome to what might have been an admirable chronicle.

    13. Like The Joy Luck Club, this book is about relationships between mothers and daughters, and the importance of knowing each other s life stories In the first part of the book, we meet Ruth, a first generation Chinese American working as a ghostwriter for New Age self help books in California She has a hard time asserting herself in her ten year relationship with her boyfriend Her mother, LuLing, has been recently diagnosed with dementia, and can no longer live alone LuLing is depressed, critical, [...]

    14. I almost gave up on this book early on I m glad I didn t While I didn t really care for the character of Ruth too much or her life in San Fransisco, the story of her mother LuLing really saved the book and turned the entire novel into a deeply affecting work The middle act where LuLing is allowed to tell her story in her own words was the obvious high point of the book for me.

    15. A great read The mother daughter relationships spanning over three generations was done so authentically it is hard to believe that Amy Tan was not there herself in each generation living those lives in all the different scenes eras of the book Things I must not forget is the first line of some Chinese writings which her mother handed to her and which she managed to translate Her mother, Luling, was in the early stages of Alzheimers, which forced Ruth or Lootie as her mother pronounced her name [...]

    16. 2007 Rating 2 Stars2016 Rating I m very happy this one got selected for book club as it had been many years since I d read this I remember my original frustration was that I was much used to Amy Tan s work which is primarily set in the past This book starts in the present day and remains centered there, even as the past is explored Sadly, this present focus remains less engaging for me than other works by Tan I don t need to love or even like the protagonist, but I also don t want to be annoyed [...]

    17. Wonderfully moving story of mothers and daughters and how the way we learn to relate with our mothers can impact every other relationship we form in life The characters grow and learn and change over the course of the story in a most satisfying way, although the author does come perilously close to an unrealistically view spoiler Happily Ever After ending hide spoiler Alright, maybe she did it, but I enjoyed the journey so much that I didn t mind it I zoomed through this book in less than two da [...]

    18. The Bonesetter s Daughter is the second to last Amy Tan novel I have yet to re read, and like Hundred Secret Senses, I realized I couldn t remember a dang thing about this book The Joy Luck Club is all about switching POVs between eight characters, The Kitchen God s Wife is basically a super long version of one Joy Luck story that is of course morbidly depressing half the time , and Saving Fish From Drowning is about a ghost following around and narrating about the lulziest tour group to ever hi [...]

    19. I really enjoyed this one, having wanted to read this one for years Set in both pre communist China and modern day California, telling the story of Ruth and her mother LuLing It is not an easy relationship at all LuLing is quarrelsome, manipulative, and has made Ruth s life hell for many years Ruth tries to be understanding, but her mother is driving her crazy and when the doctors say that LuLing is sliding into dementia, Ruth s life turns upside down and leaving her to pick up the pieces Sortin [...]

    20. Like most of Tan s books, this novel focuses on mother daughter relationships extending over several generations It is a tale of discovering the truth about our past and ourselves Ruth s mother LuLing is suffering with the early stages of Alzheimer s and carefully writes down the Things I Know Are True and the Things I Must Not Forget leaving them for her daughter to find These are the vehicles through which Ruth discovers the secrets and truths hidden in her mother s past This is a wonderful bo [...]

    21. This is my third Amy Tan book I have not read a novel from her in years and this book helped me to remember why she is one of my favorite authors Amy Tan has a timeless writing style That is the only way I can describe it She doesn t write overly poetic or too simple Amy Tan writes with a unique style that is perfect in every way Her Chinese voice and American Chinese voice interchange with ease.This book addresses mother daughter relations and the complexes feelings involved Ruthie is the daugh [...]

    22. Ruth is part of the sandwich generation, trying to balance her live in boyfriend and his daughters along with her increasingly forgetful mother and a demanding job.This was my first Amy Tan book and I found it to be riveting I found Ruth s story much easier to follow LuLung had a really difficult life and I found myself depressed.

    23. Just finished Amy Tan s The Bonesetter s Daughter I enjoyed the book for the most part it felt like her other stories did, a glimpse into a culture radically different from my own, yet wrestling with some similar issues I ve grappled with in my own life.The last few pages, though just drove me insane This gal is dealing with her elderly Alzheimer stricken mother with a 750 mo Social Security income, her insecure boyfriend and his two whiny teenage daughters, losing her confidence in her career T [...]

    24. Amy Tan has a way of getting inside mother daughter relationships that is startling All of her novels explore the bond at both its best and worst Part of what makes her stories so interesting is the clash of culture and of generational change which is so different to my own The Bonesetters Daughter is probably the darkest of her novels, despite the too neat ending The stories of the women are fascinating, though I had a hard time liking Ruth much which is probably unfair, I know all too well how [...]

    25. 2.5 STARSThis is my second book by Amy Tan after The Joy Luck Club I thoroughly enjoyed reading TJLC, so I was really looking forward to reading this book The Bonesetter s Daughter is told from two points of view Ruth, a first generation Chinese American working in San Francisco as a ghost writer, and her mother LuLing growing up in China and how she moved to America I enjoyed reading the first part of the book and was quickly hooked with Ruth s story However, it all went downhill when the story [...]

    26. 3.5 5 STARSHonestly, this book was not what I expected Going into it i had my hopes set along the lines of a tale like Memoirs of a Geisha I won t say I m disappointed, but I m definitely not entranced, or enad of this In some ways, both books are similar and yet in other ways they are separated by gapping differences I m glad I went into this without proper enlightenment of it s content, otherwise I would have been reluctant to read it.The story is recounted in voices of a mother and daughter w [...]

    27. 3.5 starsI have always liked Amy Tan s novels A common theme for her is tension in the mother daughter relationship I don t mean this in a volatile way Her stories are usually stretched around love and understanding, and then forgiveness In this novel, it seemed that with the strict Asian culture and then with the Americanized child, there seems to be a rift that needs to be bridged And the author does that beautifully.Her stories aren t fast paced, but, for me, they do evoke feelings of compass [...]

    28. I m so glad I listened to this one, it made my heart happy I have a weak spot for mother daughter and sisters stories I especially loved the parts about LuLing s childhood in China.

    29. Having already read two novels by Amy Tam, I was pretty certain that I knew what I was getting myself into What did I expect Well, basically a story about an estranged Chinese mother and a Chinese American daughter trying to fix their relationship, all narrated from a strictly feminine point of view Surely enough, the opening chapter titled truth delivered what I was expecting It was written from a perspective of LuLing Liu Young, mother to Luyi Young her American name is Ruth and a widow to Kai [...]

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