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The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2009

    This book makes me think about my mom...

    I found myself laughing out loud while reading some of Tan's writing. I love that she gives very clear and personal details. I imagine the situations as I read them. I have a Korean mom and Tan's writing makes me think about my mom :) And the humorous clashes between my Eastern and Western culture and upbringing. I love this book!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2005

    Setting the Record Straight on Amy Tan

    I would highly recommend this book to anyone, and not just writers, women, North Americans with Asian heritage or people with any such specific demographics. A charming and well-written book that is true to the memoir genre where you get to know the author rather than the events of his/her life. There are enough interesting stories from Ms Tan's past, especially the cultural and cross-cultural ones - the former involving her Chinese ancestry and the latter involving her American and Chinese heritage. The reader knows plenty about the events of her life, but only the ones which matter to her, which, ultimately, are the ones that really matter in getting to know someone. However, Ms Tan's goal and focus was to set the record straight on Amy Tan, what she's like and where she stands on many issues, and that she did. There are many enlightening essays with Ms Tan's views and questions on a variety of interesting topics, with notes on how they've impacted her life. The writing style, vocabulary and organization of stories are very typical and symbolic of Ms Tan's ways. I feel like I partly know her now, as in having a feel of the gist of what she is like, how she thinks and sees the world, and that I would find her very amiable if I met her. I only wish every memoir could tell me as much about the writer. PS If you are writing essays on Ms Tan's books and/or her, take her adviace and avoid using Cliff's Notes. Cliff never met her. Net sources are even worse!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2005

    Not a Typical Memoir

    I will be completely honest--I missed a book club meeting and was disappointed when I was told this was the next selection. I even thought of skipping it. I had never read Amy Tan so my reluctance had nothing to do with her, I am just not a big fan of memoirs. I decided to give it a try and I have to say I am so glad I did. I had trouble putting it down. It is not written in the 'typical' memoir format--chronological order, but instead is told in a series of shorter passages. This book also changed me in a way. It opened my eyes to several things, including the way people who don't speak 'perfect English' are treated in America. I will make an effort to be more patient the next time I am interacting with someone who speaks 'broken English'. This is a book that stays with you after you finish reading it. I look forward to reading all of her books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 27, 2013

    This is a great book, especially if you want to know about writi

    This is a great book, especially if you want to know about writing and the difficulties. You really understand how many forces are pulling on a writer. I consider this one of her best. Truly great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2012

    Loved this

    Not a typical memoir.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2005

    way different than any memoirs I've ever read....

    If you love Amy Tan, read this. If you don't know Amy Tan, read her books! This review is brief, because the others are so long. All I can say is, start reading Amy Tan and read her memoirs--you'll be delighted.

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