//book: The Joy Luck Club // author: Amy Tan // genre: novel // goodreads
Hello my lovely friends. Today I will be presenting a selection of quotes from the Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan. I love the say each saying offers a unique perspective to many topics that are near and dear to all of us. I especially like the way Amy Tan is able to portray the Asian culture, and to shed light on the contrasting Asian and American culture. Furthermore, the mother daughter relationship that Tan paints, is one that anyone can relate to, although it is deeply entrenched in Asian culture.
Being able to empathize with the characters, and to explore their relationships has been genuinely exciting for me as I have been able to empathize with them and find similarities in my life. From the child’s perspective on the pressures that are exerted on her, to the desperation each mother feels to raise their child to be successfully, is beautifully portrayed. Enjoy!
“Isn’t hate merely the result of wounded love?”
It is impossible to hate others without a sense of broken trust. To hate another race, religion or person is merely the offspring of a failed relationship that has spread to encompass others. Hatred and fear go hand in hand, and often it is the fear of being hurt that brings about hatred. I believe that this line clearly juxtaposed two opposing themes that many view as mutually exclusive. However, love and hate go hand in hand.
“Your tears do not wash away your sorrows. They feed someone else’s joy. And that is why you must learn to swallow your own tears.”
“And I think now that fate is shaped half by expectation, half by inattention. But somehow, when you lose something you love, faith takes over..
“Your life is what you see in front of you.