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  • Title: The Kitchen God's Wife
  • Author: Amy Tan
  • ISBN: 9780143038108
  • Page: 182
  • Format: Paperback
  • Winnie and Helen have kept each other s worst secrets for than fifty years Now, because she believes she is dying, Helen wants to expose everything And Winnie angrily determines that she must be the one to tell her daughter, Pearl, about the past including the terrible truth even Helen does not know And so begins Winnie s story of her life on a small island outsideWinnie and Helen have kept each other s worst secrets for than fifty years Now, because she believes she is dying, Helen wants to expose everything And Winnie angrily determines that she must be the one to tell her daughter, Pearl, about the past including the terrible truth even Helen does not know And so begins Winnie s story of her life on a small island outside Shanghai in the 1920s, and other places in China during World War II, and traces the happy and desperate events that led to Winnie s coming to America in 1949.
    The Kitchen God s Wife Winnie and Helen have kept each other s worst secrets for than fifty years Now because she believes she is dying Helen wants to expose everything And Winnie angrily determines that she must be the o

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    1. Amy Tan writes about women complex women and I think that s one of the things I love about her books The men in her stories are shadows, almost undeveloped, with little presence except when they are cruel and threatening I found this closed women s world wonderfully refreshing, especially after reading so many books where men are the main focus In The Godfather, Mario Puzo jumped into Mama Corleone s point of view for just one small bit just long enough to reveal that the wife of the mafia godfa [...]

    2. Secrets Mothers and daughters nearly always keep secrets from each other But at some point in life the secrets need to be toldn t they Winnie, Pearl s mother, faces this dilemma Winnie s dearest friend Helen is threatening to tell Pearl all of the secrets of Winnie s early years in China So Winnie decides to tell Pearl her life story before Helen does Because of course Helen would not tell it correctly anyway.But Pearl has a secret of her own Will hearing her mother s secrets give her the courag [...]

    3. great story about a relationship between a mother and daughter we all, to some degree, struggle with our relationships with our mothers this book made me look deeply at my own relationship with my mom and got me thinking about how much about my mom and her life that i still don t know my mom is reading this now and we ve had some great conversations about this and what it means to our own relationship this is a wonderful story about 1 the incredible love of a mother 2 cultural assimilation and n [...]

    4. The Kitchen God s Wife was my second novel by Amy Tan As it often the case with Tan, this novel focuses on the dynamics of an American Chinese family, precisely on the relationship between a mother and a daughter There are other characters, but there is no doubt that the mother and the daughter are the protagonists of this novel Pear and Winnie are not only the sole narrators, they are what this novel is about The Kitchen God s Wife opens with the daughter s narration Pearl has been born to a C [...]

    5. What I learned from this book my favorite part Isn t that how it is when you must decide with your heart You are not just choosing one thing over another You are choosing what you want And you are also choosing what somebody else does not want, and all the consequences that follow You can tell yourself, That s not my problem, but those words do not wash the trouble away Maybe it is no longer a problem in your life But it is always a problem in your heart.

    6. The book starts out in contemporary America, and is narrated by Pearl a second generation Chinese emigrant, who is trying to balance her own 21st century American family life with the needs of her Chinese mother and her mother s friends From the third chapter on the narrating is taken over by Winnie, Pearl s mother, and it transforms into being the story of her life told against the background of her living in Shanghai in the 1930s and 40s, under the Kuomintang, but with the Communists already m [...]

    7. I officially do not want to read anything by Tan again At least this is how I feel at the moment.Why the three stars The Kitchen God s Wife is very well written, but I hated what this book was doing to me The WWII in China is merely a backdrop for the protagonist s personal drama of epic proportions suffice to say that when something very bad, but not exactly cruel, happened view spoiler one of protagonist s children dies, quite straightforwardly, of plague hide spoiler , I felt relief.Winnie th [...]

    8. The book begins with Pearl planning on attending a wedding but then also learns there is a funeral As most of Tans books, this book deals with family history, relationships, some cultural history of China, the life of women in China and assimilation to the United States.Winnie and her friend Helen have a kept a secret for most of their lives, Winnie s daughter Pearl also has a secret she has been keeping from her Mother Helen steps in, claims she is dying is she and tells each Winnie and Pearl t [...]

    9. Maybe its because I just finished it, but I really liked this book This is a story of a Chinese woman named Winnie and the secrets she keeps from her daughter, not only to protect her daughter, but to protect herself and her best friend As with many of the books we read, Winnie has had a hard life, almost horrific in some respects but the reason I love her is that the story isn t tragic, she doesn t complain about it too much , or make herself out to be a hero, well except maybe in her own mind [...]

    10. Had to catch my breath.I just love Amy Tan, and I wanted to give this modern classic five stars because she s certainly worth it as a writer But I kept hoping and worrying about our main character, Winnie How many times can one person get f ed over in a lifetime Before they re even 30 I know, I know World War II, the Chinese, the Chinese, the Chinese, spousal abuse, the Chinese, the Chinese, the Chinese I get itbut I had to suspend my disbelief a bit at the end in a plot involving a final confro [...]

    11. I read this book years ago okay decades As with the other books I ve read by this author, a lot of untold sorrows with a sort of redemption at the end Good book.

    12. Acesta este un roman care mi ar fi pl cut s nu se termine prea cur nd Este un volum care mi a predat despre via i femei puternice n 598 de pagini, care mi a facilitat incursiunea ntr o ar ce pare c a r mas cu acelea i mentalit i prezente i n secolul XX perioada n care este plasat ac iunea acestei c r i , un roman care m a nduio at cu gra ia autoarei de a prezenta momente triste i clipe luminoase deopotriv , un roman care i a c tigat cu siguran un loc n topul celor mai bune citite n anul acestaca [...]

    13. Me ha parecido un libro precioso y aunque no he podido leerlo con la rapidez con que me habr a gustado, creo que el hecho de haberlo ido saboreando de a pocos, en momentos en que me ha resultado de compa a en situaciones dif ciles, le da un valor muy especial y sin duda lo recordar siempre con cari o por un mont n de motivos, no solo literarios La habilidad de la autora para narrar una historia tan dura y compleja como la de Winnie, sin solazarse en las penas, sino resaltando la fortaleza de los [...]

    14. I love this book Winnie is so brave She was stuck with an evil, horrible husband She went through WW2 Her daughter didn t know all of this about her so she tells her all that she went through It s a great book about revealing secrets and her daughter learns to admire her mother s strength and find the same in herself Also, why do so many folks have to marry horrible, awful people

    15. I adore the way Amy Tan intertwines than one story line into her books, at first glance it seems that the tale centers on Pearl, the daughter of a Chinese immigrant, who has morphed into the modern American culture and who finds her mother annoying and old fashioned at times Once the reader gets familiar with Pearl the story then turns back to her mother, Winnie and her childhood friend Helen Winnie s story is sad and beautiful at the same time, her suffering and struggles to overcome an abusiv [...]

    16. She is not related by blood, not even by marriage She is not someone I chose as my friend Sometimes I do not even enjoy her company I do not agree with her opinions I do not admire her character And yet we are closer perhaps than sisters, related by fate, joined by debts I have kept her secrets She has kept mine And we have a kind of loyalty that has no word in this country.3.5 stars The Kitchen God s Wife covers many themes and places, yet it is very easy to read After reading it I have a much [...]

    17. When we meet Winnie Louie, she seems like a traditional Chinese wife, ruling her family with a combination of love and superstition Now widowed, she still misses her husband, Jimmie Louie, and worries excessively about her two grown children Winnie has secrets she has kept hidden since her youth in China, secrets she wants to tell Pearl but is afraid to.Pearl Louie, now in her 40s, has secrets too She has just been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, and knows that her mother will wonder what she [...]

    18. So tragic and difficult to read, yet so powerful Any Tan s writing is captivating and engaging so that Winnie s pain feels incredibly real Beautiful story about a mother and daughter, yet there is also elements of romance, friendship, and self discovery.

    19. Full review books n music 201 I never cease to be amazed at the treatment and plight of women throughout history I m certain I wouldn t have lived long, cause, honestly, my goal would have been to make sure I took out at least a couple of the meanest men with me Unbelievable to me and so very very sad How can dismissing half the human race be justified I assume Tan is accurate in her portrayal of females in China during the early to almost mid 20th Century And if sowell, it just wasn t right And [...]

    20. I decided to re read this since it had been at least 15 years since I first read it and I remembered it not one whit that says about me than it does the novel Yet there are Cliffs Notes on it now Arrgh A friend of mine who teaches with me also admitted that she got tired of teaching the Joy Luck Club, so she started teaching this one instead because many of the same themes are explored.I d agree it s every bit as satisfying as the Joy Luck Club, although if I had to choose between the two books [...]

    21. Pearl Brandt s relationship with her mother is a difficult one she deplores her mother Winnie s petty criticisms, her bossiness, her superstitious rituals to ward off bad luck, and her negative outlook, so naturally, she is reluctant to tell her mother about her diagnosis of MS But when her Aunt Helen believes she is dying from a brain tumor, she insists that Pearl tell her mother the truth about her illness, and Helen also pressures Winnie into telling her daughter the truth about her past.Thus [...]

    22. I thought I had read this book many years ago, but knew that if I had, I would notice right away I guess I didn t read it What an wonderful story A story of secrets held for many many years Of a Mother and daughter from not only different generations, but cultures and continents I find the stories of new immigrants and their American born children fascinating Particularly when the immigrants life in their home country was impoverished, abusive, and horrifying particularly due to war There is the [...]

    23. Make it stop The first quarter of the book was okay, though I was waiting for something to actually make me care It was a story about family and secrets and interaction but then the interaction stopped and with no segue a woman is talking about her history and the abuse she endured and war and infant mortality it s not clear if she s having an episode , if she s talking TO someone, or what.I began forwarding through random long chunks to try to get past this depressing and so far pointless wande [...]

    24. The Kitchen God is recognized in traditional Chinese culture His wife is ignored She does all the chores, suffers all life s hardships, and is never recognized as a deity The mother daughter relationship between Chinese Americans, Pearl and Winnie, is a bit strained They are from different generations The Americanized younger generation does not adhere to the subtle rules of social interactions They don t communicate well with the family s elders Secrets from from the past remain deeply buried A [...]

    25. 4.5 5 THE KITCHEN GOD S WIFE is overwhelming, beautiful, and will always have a special place in my heartigger warning this book contains an abusive relationship and rape.i started this novel not knowing what to expect but right off the bat, i knew this book would be unforgettable the story is told in alternating POVs it starts with Pearl, speaking of her situations now, and moves onto Winnie, Pearl s mom, telling her daughter of what happened in the past most of the story follows Winnie, but at [...]

    26. This was my first Tan novel Previously I read her memoir on writing, The Opposite of Fate, and I loved it I figured I d read her fiction when the right time came and the right time came when I moved to China and had no internet Wow, so what to say This book contains a whole lot of sad Is that Tan s thing I m not sure but it IS a really beautiful portrayal of mother daughter relationships, and all sorts of family and friendship relationships And the plot twists, gosh the plot twists Tan is good a [...]

    27. When wars come and unlikely friends meet sometimes those bonds last a lifetime Best friends, not the type sought by young women with First World Problems The type that know most of each others secrets The secrets unknown, kept from the other friend, make life complicated And a daughter to the picture so that 2 generations of women who grew up in different continents The women of the older generation tell the young woman born in another continent what it was like in the old country, sort of Respe [...]

    28. I wasn t quite expecting this book to rival Joy Luck Club in complexity or originality, but I don t think it even came close It starts out with a mother daughter relationship, but the story quickly turns to the mother s story of an abusive first marriage in feudal China and WWI The characters are one dimensional and the story is just not original Her husband is just absurdly bad and most of the characters are flat and uninteresting It s too long for what it wanted to convey At the end, it tries [...]

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