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Reader's Guide to Amy Tan's the Joy Luck Club
     

Reader's Guide to Amy Tan's the Joy Luck Club

by Pamela Loos
 
Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club is one of the most well-known and appreciated works by a contemporary Asian-American author. Published in 1989, it was on the New York Times best-seller list for many months and was a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award. While the novel focuses on relationships between immigrant

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Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club is one of the most well-known and appreciated works by a contemporary Asian-American author. Published in 1989, it was on the New York Times best-seller list for many months and was a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award. While the novel focuses on relationships between immigrant mothers from China and their American-born daughters, The Joy Luck Club has enjoyed a broad and popular appeal that has cut across lines of both culture and gender.

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VOYA - Janet Scherer
Books in this series are devoted to exploring different multicultural novels. The volumes are consistent in their coverage, which includes an author biography, plot summary, discussion of narrative style, themes, literary or dramatic devices, and a character analysis. In addition, each volume adds extra information, such as the historical importance of the novel A Raisin in the Sun. The context of The Joy Luck Club is discussed in relation to the greater Asian American genre of literature. Other well-done features in the series include chronologies, chapter notes, and further reading. The books are an excellent resource for the student wanting to do more in depth research. There is not an over abundance of photos; however, the ones chosen are of good quality. Those readers interested in improving their vocabulary will like the sidebars throughout the volumes highlighting different words and their meanings. The volumes are well organized, clearly written, and simple to understand, with a larger typeface that is easy on the eyes. For older students, the series would most likely serve as a starting point in their research; however, for younger students the series is a first-rate introduction to literary analysis and would be a worthy purchase for middle school libraries. A third volume in the series looks at Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart. Reviewer: Janet Scherer

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780766028326
Publisher:
Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/28/2008
Series:
Multicultural Literature Series
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
6.78(w) x 9.31(h) x 0.43(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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