Monday, January 20, 2014

The Joy Luck Club (book)
A short summary of the very first chapters

Our task before the Christmas holiday was to choose between the two books “The Joy Luck Club” by Amy Tan or “The White Tiger” by Aravind Adiga.
The book I have chosen to read in my English class is The Joy Luck Club and is written by Amy Tan – an American writer with Chinese descent. She was born in Oakland in California shortly after her parents left China. While Amy was growing up she has had more downs than ups in her life, because both her father and her older brother died from brain tumor. She was also arrested while she lived in Switzerland because she was in possession of drugs that her boyfriend was responsible for. This is just a very short summary of Amy’s childhood. If you want to know more about Amy Tan’s early years, simply Google “Amy Tan” and you’ll enter a magical world of informative texts.

Last week we got a task to write a short summary of the first four chapters in our chosen book, and that’s exactly what you’ll find in the text below.
First of all, let me tell you that The Joy Luck Club is a book that is somehow based on the real life of Amy Tan because there are a lot of similarities between these two.
The Joy Luck Club is actually the name of the mah jong club that Amy Tan’s mother came up with. During the first chapters in the book we meet four Chinese women and their daughters who both immigrated to USA hoping for a better life. Suyuan Woo, one of the mothers in the book, or actually the one that founded The Joy Luck Club, lived in China during WWII.
Her husband was then serving as an officer, and while he was away Suyuan Woo founded the Joy Luck Club along with her friends because she both needed company and hope. What awaited them in the future was very unclear back then.
Suyuan soon left the town after a Japanese invasion. She took her twin-daughters along with her as well as some clothes and food. After finding out that there was no hope left for her (or at least after thinking so), Suyuan left her daughters under a tree and married another man after finding out that her husband has died. She then immigrated to the United States and formed a new Joy Luck Club together with the Chinese women that she met in a church.
Suyuan died from brain illness many years after she left China and her daughters behind. She never got a chance to visit them despite the fact that she found out they have been adopted.
Because of this, Suyuan’s daughter Jing-Mei will fulfill her mother’s dream and find her half-sisters. That’s all I can recall from the book. If you want to know more about this amazing story and if
Jing-Mei will find her half-sisters at the end, you’ll have to read the book yourself.

1 comment:

  1. That is good advice! I enjoyed reading about her background. You did good research there!