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La Dona del déu de la cuina (1991)
de Amy Tan
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Durante más de cincuenta años, Winnie y Helen ocultaron sus peores secretos. Pero, cuando Helen está a punto de morir, Winnie decide contarle todo a su hija Pearl, incluso la terrible verdad que ignora la propia Helen.
Liked, absorbing story, but a tiny bit long. Felt a lot of sympathy and affection for Winnie, the main character.
“Read” the audiobook version, the narration was fine for the main characters, but some of the smaller roles sounded like the silly 80’s valley girl accent (used for women in 1930s and 40s China). Very weird.
Here's what I wrote, in 2008, about this read: "Another good Chinese American tale, sympathetic to women, by Amy Tan. Details fuzzy, but rememeber enjoying greatly, and learning more about recent Chinese history and culture."
It's been over a decade since I reread this, and I still love it. I always wonder at first about the dual narrator/framed story, but it works--because this is a story Winnie tells to Pearl. I love the complexity of Wei-wei and Hulan's friendship, the sortung out of fate and luck, the perseverance. The losses still hit hard. The hope still hits hard too.
An interesting book of how a mother survives the war in China and making a better life in the US for her children. I thoroughly enjoyed her journey from richness to bitterness to suffering and in the end, happiness.
And here's my full review:
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Where Ms. Tan writes about contemporary Chinese-Americans, her portraits are often witty and complex. You want to know more about people like Uncle Henry Kwong, who insists on videotaping the funeral of a relative, or Roger Bao-bao, who feels ready to be one of the pallbearers because he has been "pumping iron." But the plight of a maiden victimized by an arranged marriage seems very old stuff. Amy Tan can probably do better. One hopes that she soon will.
Within the peculiar construction of Amy Tan's second novel is a harrowing, compelling and at times bitterly humorous tale in which an entire world unfolds in a Tolstoyan tide of event and detail.
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"Tan is one of the prime storytellers writing fiction today." -NEWSWEEK Winnie and Helen have kept each other's worst secrets for more than fifty years. Now, because she believes she is dying, Helen wants to expose everything. And Winnie angrily determines that she must be the one to tell her daughter, Pearl, about the past-including the terible truth even Helen does not know. And so begins Winnie's story of her life on a small island outside Shanghai in the 1920s, and other places in China during World War II, and traces the happy and desperate events tha led to Winnie's coming to America in 1949. "The kind of novel that can be read and reread with enormous pleasure." -CHICAGO TRIBUNE
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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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