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10 thoughts on “The Bonesetters Daughter

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    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 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 prerevolutiona...


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    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 s...


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    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 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, an elderly mother who may have some serious health issues to face.Her mother LuLing has one foot planted firmly in her pa...


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    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 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 body , cross cultural, as what happens to the youngest when she finds herself in a relations...


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    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 empa 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 a...


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    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, criti 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, sends her daughter on guilt trips, and threatens to commit suicide whenever she is crossed She believes in superstitions...


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    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 I just didn t enjoy this as much as Amy...


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    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 ...


  9. says:

    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.


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    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 min 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 deteriorates.A San Francisco career woman who makes her living by ghostwriting self help books, Ruth has litt...


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The Bonesetters 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 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.