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Els Cent sentits secrets (1995)
de Amy Tan
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This is my first Amy Tan's novel, and I am impressed. I never thought I would really get into a novel that has shimmering ghosts as part of the theme. But I did! The interaction of the two main characters, half-sisters Olivia and Kwan, is complicated due to a host of reasons, not the least of which is Olivia's entanglement in so many personal problems. But Kwan, in an indirect way, slowly but surely disentangles them for her half-sister. Past lives, glimpses in China's history - all come into play here. Kwan's character won me over: her childlike, unabashedley frank and totally selfless personality coupled with unexpected wisdom of an aged person, the realistic ease with which Amy Tan describes Kwan as a Chinese person who finds herself in foreign to her circumstances and adjusts to them in her own way - all this, combined, leads to an unexpected and interesting denouement. ( )
Mientras está a punto de divorciarse, Olivia va contándonos la transformación que sufrió su vida cuando irrumpió en ella la extraña Kwan, su hermanastra, la hija que Jack Lee, su padre, había abandonado en China cuando emigró a Estados Unidos en la época de la revolución comunista.
Here's what I wrote in 2008 about this read: "Only vaguely recall. Good online reviews. Consistent with earlier-read Tans; comparison / reconciliations across Chinese and American cultures. Kwan has 'yin" eyes!
i don't know how to describe this, but i feel like every time i read amy tan, i'm reading heart writing. this was so lovely and beautiful. the history and relationship she evokes here is really something special. there is this feeling of going back in time, of seeing a culture and a small town living away from the world, and there is a modern sense also. she merges these two ways of life and these sensibilities so well.
this was pretty wonderful all around.
"She was finally old enough to forget all she had been told to be."
Love everything Amy Tan.
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"Set in San Francisco and in a remote village of southern China, this is a tale of American pragmatism shaken, and soothed, by Chinese ghosts. What proof of love do we seek between mother and daughter, among sisters, lovers, and friends? What are its boundaries and failings? Can love go beyond "Until death do us part"? And if so, which aspects haunt us like regretful ghosts?" "In 1962, Olivia, nearly six years old, meets Kwan, her adult half sister from China, for the first time. Olivia's neglectful mother, who in pursuing a new marriage can't provide the attention her daughter needs, finds Kwan to be a handy caretaker. In the bedroom the sisters share, Kwan whispers secrets about ghosts and makes Olivia promise never to reveal them. Out of both fright and resentment, Olivia betrays her sister - with terrible consequences. From then on she listens to Kwan's stories and pretends to believe them." "Thirty years pass, and Olivia is about to divorce her husband, Simon, after a lengthy marriage. She is certain he has never given up his love for a former girlfriend, who died years before. Kwan and her ghosts believe otherwise, and they provide Olivia with ceaseless advice and pleas to reconsider. But Olivia has long since dismissed the ghosts of her childhood and the wacky counsel of her sister." "Just as Kwan anticipates, fate intervenes and takes her, Olivia, and Simon to China. In the village where Kwan grew up, Olivia confronts the tangible evidence of what she has always presumed to be her sister's fantasy of the past. And there, she finds the proof that love endures, and comes to understand what logic ignores, what you can know only through the hundred secret senses."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
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Classificació Decimal de Dewey (DDC)813.54 — Literature English (North America) American fiction 20th Century 1945-1999
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