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The Bonesetter's Daughter

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Heartbreaking

I listened to this on audio and really liked it. The Joy Luck Club is more popular than this book and I don't know why. This one was way better.

Overview:
Ruth has always had a complex relationship with her mother. Through her childhood, she struggled to underst...
I listened to this on audio and really liked it. The Joy Luck Club is more popular than this book and I don't know why. This one was way better.

Overview:
Ruth has always had a complex relationship with her mother. Through her childhood, she struggled to understand her mother's previous life in China and the marriage she had before her mother married her father. When her mother starts showing signs that she's losing her memory and even starts fabricating the truth, Ruth becomes really concerned. She looks to the pages her mother wrote in Chinese and had given her years ago. Ruth had set them aside meaning to translate them but never got around to it. Now, she realizes it is her mother's life story and the importance it plays now that her mother doesn't know what is truth anymore. What she finds out, once it's translated, is the heartbreaking tale of the family secret that haunts her mother and the family curse she believes to exist. After reading the translated pages, Ruth looks back to the past and is able to see her mother with new eyes. Growing up she was annoyed and embarrassed by her mother's strange ways but is now able to see that her mother was just tormented by the ghost of her own mother.

What's really sad is when it says that Ruth shoves her mother's pages in a drawer after failing at translating it herself. Every year her mother would ask if she finished translating it until she eventually stopped asking, saying that Ruth was too busy for her. When you realize the importance of the papers, it's that much more heartbreaking to know how her mother must have felt. Later, in her mother's story, you see the same thing happening when she refuses to read papers given to her, resulting in tragic consequences.

posted by Mavis1129 on July 3, 2011

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Most Helpful Critical Review

10 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

Not her best book but overall pretty good. My one star is becaus

Not her best book but overall pretty good. My one star is because the book is $18.99, and the paperback is $7.99. I have to pay an extra $11 to basically rent a book and never completely own it or be able to let someone else read my copy? That is ridiculous. If the pape...
Not her best book but overall pretty good. My one star is because the book is $18.99, and the paperback is $7.99. I have to pay an extra $11 to basically rent a book and never completely own it or be able to let someone else read my copy? That is ridiculous. If the paperback is $7.99, the ebook should be no more than that, and probably less.

posted by 4352493 on March 13, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2004

    Depressing

    I don't think Prozac will help me get through this book. I'm not even done yet but it's so depressing and dreary that I keep plodding through each page hoping it ends soon. This is such a departure from the previous Amy Tan book I had read - Joy Luck Club. That was a bittersweet tale with better characters and story. I can only hope she tries something new in her writing and steers away from this kind of story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2001

    Enough ChopSui Chinese stories

    There is only one thing I can say: Amy Tan's portrayal of Chinese culture and Chinese immigrants are all distorted. As a Chinese American growing up with authentic tales from my grandparents, I found Amy Tan's books shamelessly pamper to American readers' delusion about China, a misguided expectation unfortunately preserved rather than exorcised by Amy Tan. I traveled frequetnly around Chinese communities and my experiences with Chinese people around the world make me think that Amy Tan is a pathetic impersonator who conducts a false Chinese voice to launch an otherwise limited writing career. With all the movies available from China, Hong Kong and Taiwan these days, who needs her fantasy of Chinese people?

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