When the movie came out, I was a huge fan, although I head never read anything by Amy Tan. The stories about Chinese mothers and their daughters were so compelling and rich, I found myself watching the film multiple times over the years (something I rarely do). I’ve now read several books by the author, but hadn’t gotten around to reading The Joy Luck Club – so I figured it was high time I did.
I could have predicted the book didn’t disappoint. And, as most books turned to film, it was even better than the screen version. With the book, Tan had more time to flesh out the characters and their stories. There were several areas where the stories had to be cut for the film version – especially the end. I’m glad I finally read this wonderful book. It was terrific!
4 stars (out of 5)
Published in 1989
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