The Kitchen God's Wife

The Kitchen God's Wife

by Amy Tan
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The Kitchen God's Wife 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 124 reviews.
Kasia_S More than 1 year ago
I adore the way Amy Tan intertwines more 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 abusive husband who's been keeping her from freedom half her life are intense and emotionally moving. Tan's rich, descriptive writing has deep meanings hidden in words. I found myself laughing quite often, which was a surprise because the story is pretty intense. As usual the author supplies us with deep insight into the ugly reality of life, one of my favorite lines was on page 352, "The society is like bright pain applied on top of a rotten wood" which made me stop and think, digest and absorb her wise words, Tan is a master of writing tales with imperfect characters, so many of them have so called rotten bases, and their struggle to improve and move on make the tale even more vivid and intense. In this case it was the way of life for Pearl in wartime China, the harsh reality was that she didn't have much of a saying; all the older men and women in her house seemed to run her life, and the male dominated culture didn't help when the girl was going through hardship, if anything it made her life more hellish, and at times it was hard to read but I continued, good books aren't always pretty. This was a good and potent read, I must warn readers that they might get angry at the bad men in Pearl's life, but her struggles never diminished her personality and her big heart, which she has to this day. I feel that Tan's books not only entertain but also teach a lot, not to mention show us how life in the past was so much harsher, and remind us of individual struggles that women still have to go through, whether they are someone's wife or daughter or best friend, and that deep down we are strong, and our stories are beautiful, and that life might never be fair, but we try our best to fight for it. - Kasia S.
Mavis1129 More than 1 year ago
All of Amy Tan's books have the same formula: Chinese women who have moved to America and tell their American born daughters about their lives in China. This book was very short and the audio was horrible. The book is about Winnie, who decides to tell her daughter Pearl about the secret she has been carrying for 50 years. Before marrying Pearls father, Winnie was trapped in a marriage to an abusive husband. After suffering the loss of many children and going to jail. She is finally able to escape and get out of China. The most interesting things about Tan's books are the cultural practices and superstitions of the Chinese. This book was good but not amazing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
By telling the story from the past, many moral lessons were presented through life experiences. Winnie, came to America after she already experienced both the worst and best moment in China. She transformed from an innocent young girl to a stronger woman through the reality from life. Winnie and her daughter have a distant relationship since her daughter is an Americanized girl, which she does not agree on her mother's traditional idea. However, after communicating through life stories, they became closer, maybe her daughter cannot imagine the difficulties Winnie had gone through. Various lessons were presented differently throughout the novel. Although aspects of life may be challenging, however, Winnie had proved that an individual can be both strong and weak at the same time. While surviving through numerous hardships and sufferings, Winnie showed that she is no longer the girl that hides behind people, now she is able to stand up for herself. Great courage is shown as the plot develops. The Kitchen God's Wife is a story that can help the readers understand about different cultures, something that may be a miracle and totally familiar about. Although it is not published for a very long time, but it successfully transported this multicultural society deeper into the knowledge of Chinese traditional aspects towards life.
Suzzie1 More than 1 year ago
A BOOK THAT HAS STAYED IN MY MEMORY ALL THESE YEARS. I recently purchased the Nook HD+ and along with it several books. After finishing the third book, I found my mind wondering to what had been my most favorite book and there was only one answer "The Kitchen Gods Wife". I read this book many years ago and to this very day the charactors, the settings, and the wonderful story that unfolded before me with each page has stayed in my mind. I could feel the written words to the depths of my soul. It brought tears to my eyes and conjured up every other possible emotion I had inside. I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to experience the wonderful writing of Amy Tan. I know you will enjoy it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is phenomenal and you don't want to put it down. I thought nothing could ever compare to Tan's first book, Joy Luck Club, but this one is actually better!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Excellent book. Easy to understand, vivid, and mesmerizing. A story about a woman's previous life experiences in China during WWII. One feels shocked by the bestial cruelty the Japanese invaders inflicted upon the Chinese in the Great Massacre of Nanking, killing more than 100 thousand Chinese people in one day. More bloodthirsty than Hitler. (The Japanese to this day still deny this inhumane crime and refuse to repay for the loss of lives and the tragedies that massacre has caused.) One feels outrageous reading Amy Tan's vivid description of the animal behaviors of Wen Fu, the man who tormented and abused his wife for seven years by continuously raping and beating her, and caused the death of his daughter and many unborn children by his maltreatment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I felt as though i traveled to China. So many emotions surrounding main character i felt as though she were my own friend. The words flowed so that i was eager to read what was going to happen next. The ending was not what i expected.
wordz More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book so much.  Parts of the story were so comical and other parts were very sad.  It made me appreciate more the era and the country in which I live.  Tan has an ability to seamlessly weave one story into another  while having them all seem to flow naturally.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So much misunderstanding between generations is due to each generation's different way of expressing their reasons for doing what they do with their life. Every mother only wants whats best for her kids, at whatever cost. Such a wonderfull storyof a good mother and her struggle for content in life for and her children. I will pass this one to everyone i kbow!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was so rich in history, atmosphere, emotion, and more, that I could not put it down. The character's lives were spun in a most riveting manner. I would recommend this to everyone. Thank you Amy Tan!
Anonymous 4 months ago
Another great novel from Amy Tan. ~*~LEB~*~
Anonymous 5 months ago
I couldn't put this book down!
Anonymous 7 months ago
Terrific book!
Anonymous 8 months ago
Could not put it down.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Good book. Read through fast to see what would happen next.
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The overview has nothing to do with Amy Tan's book
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SUEHAV More than 1 year ago
Love the way the author writes. I enjoyed this book and it's a quick read. Books that teach me something I didn't know before are my fav's.
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I enjoy her books
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