Amy Tan Laura Noulian
- Title: La figlia dell'aggiustaossa
- Author: Amy Tan Laura Noulian
- ISBN: 9788807817755
- Page: 457
- Format: Paperback
LuLing e Ruth sono madre e figlia Ruth cinese solo nelle fattezze, la sua professione, la lingua, il modo di interpretare la realt sono quelli di un americana di oggi LuLing ha pi di settant anni Pur avendo vissuto per mezzo secolo negli Stati Uniti, profondamente legata alla terra d origine LuLing vive sola, si mantiene con un povero sussidio e comincia a mostraLuLing e Ruth sono madre e figlia Ruth cinese solo nelle fattezze, la sua professione, la lingua, il modo di interpretare la realt sono quelli di un americana di oggi LuLing ha pi di settant anni Pur avendo vissuto per mezzo secolo negli Stati Uniti, profondamente legata alla terra d origine LuLing vive sola, si mantiene con un povero sussidio e comincia a mostrare i segni del morbo di Alzheimer Colpita da questa circostanza, Ruth decide di far tradurre dal cinese un manoscritto che, anni prima, la madre le aveva affidato pregandola di leggerlo, per avvicinarsi al suo passato Ruth scopre che il suo bisnonno era un aggiustaossa e apprende segreti familiari inimmaginabili.
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As an adolescent reader, Amy Tan used to be one of my favorite authors, yet, at the time, I did not appreciate the scope of her writing. One of my 2017 reading goals is to revisit authors I read during that time so as to fully enjoy their work. The Bonesetter's Daughter, an sweeping novel that takes a reader from California to prerevolutionary China and back again, is the second of Tan's books that I have read this year. A story featuring a strong mother-daughter connection that is emblematic of [...]
Amy Tan has a way of starting a story that's impossible to put down. For the first half of the book I kept wondering what about it made it so good. Anecdotal stories, relatable characters, Chinese folklore for interest these are all good, but I finally realized in the last quarter of the book why I liked it so much. Because it's a book about learning to love your past no matter how many scars it gives you, and learning to love and forgive your parents and ancestors, no matter what they may have [...]
Onvan : The Bonesetter's Daughter - Nevisande : Amy Tan - ISBN : 345457374 - ISBN13 : 9780345457370 - Dar 368 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2001
Amy Tan's books are like a fine wine: they're meant to be savored, to get the maximum amount of enjoyment out of each drop (or word) on each page.I have yet to read a book that's worthy of anything less than 5 stars. Knock on wood, let's hope it stays that way.Ruth is a 46 year-old professional woman with a busy life of her own: she has a successful but demanding career, a live-in boyfriend with whom she has a complicated relationship, 2 step kids who are bratty (imho) for most of the book, and [...]
This is a chronicle of voicelessness across three generations of a Chinese family: it captures how these women lost their voices, why they continued to be voiceless, and how they attempted to reclaim their voice. Voice in this book is both literal and figurative: it's about standing up for oneself, speaking one's truth, being acknowledged, being understood, and not being censored. And the perpetrators who claim the women's voices can be cultural, personal (through the violation of one's secrets [...]
This was the first Amy Tan book I read. This book wasn't specifically recommended, but the author was. I was expecting something magical to happen as I turned the pages, but I couldn't get past the first four or five chapters of the book. Besides the overly long sections of actionless description (the story stagnated because of a poor balance between backstory, scene setup and description, and actual let's-move-things-along plot), the main character Ruth is so weak and whiny that I couldn't empa [...]
I think that when Amy Tan is right on she is definitely right on. A few years ago I devoured every book she had written and still have all of her books on my bookshelf. I decided to re-read "The Bonesetter's Daughter" for my Booklikes-opoly square. The "Bonesetter's Daughter"is told as a shifting narrative of a Chines American daughter (Ruth) trying to deal with her mother (LuLing) who is starting to lose her memory due to Alzheimer's. Ruth feels frustrated trying to deal with her mother and wit [...]
I just didn't enjoy this as much as Amy Tan's other books. Her plot development, with its mother-daughter issues, has become almost a formula. She does do a credible job describing life in China in the last century and I came away with a deeper understanding of that culture. I just never thought of Amy Tan as the Maeve Binchy of Asian writing. This is not meant to be a criticism of Maeve Binchy, an author whose well-written books I think are fun to read. It just is I get the impression that she [...]
4 - 4.5 stars.Tan portrayed in a great way the cultural and language conflicts between migrant parents and their kids.I also enjoyed the part of the book set in China from 1915 to 1950.
At the beginning of Amy Tan's fourth novel, two packets of papers written in Chinese calligraphy fall into the hands of Ruth Young. One bundle is titled Things I Know Are True and the other, Things I Must Not Forget. The author? That would be the protagonist's mother, LuLing, who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. In these documents the elderly matriarch, born in China in 1916, has set down a record of her birth and family history, determined to keep the facts from vanishing as her min [...]
nytimes/books/01/02/1 ''The Bonesetter's Daughter'' is divided into three sections. The first, set in present-day California, introduces us to Ruth Young, a Chinese-American woman whose 10-year relationship with the man she loves is deteriorating for reasons she doesn't understand. When her mother shows signs of dementia, Ruth suddenly becomes aware of what her mother's memory loss means: the disappearance of stories that will help Ruth understand her family and give her the sense that she is pa [...]
Meaningless words are a mere group of letters. And if these words are weaved into a 350+ pages manuscript, the essential plot is misplaced between the evaporation of its characters.Tan exaggeratedly lengthens the stereotypical dilemma of two generations of women (mother- daughter) trying to find solace in a past laden with secrets and customs that mold cultural uprightness. Disappointing outcome to what might have been an admirable chronicle.
Like The Joy Luck Club, this book is about relationships between mothers and daughters, and the importance of knowing each other's life stories. In the first part of the book, we meet Ruth, a first generation Chinese-American working as a ghostwriter for New Age self-help books in California. She has a hard time asserting herself in her ten-year relationship with her boyfriend. Her mother, LuLing, has been recently diagnosed with dementia, and can no longer live alone. LuLing is depressed, criti [...]
I almost gave up on this book early on. I'm glad I didn't. While I didn't really care for the character of Ruth too much or her life in San Fransisco, the story of her mother LuLing really saved the book and turned the entire novel into a deeply affecting work. The middle act where LuLing is allowed to tell her story in her own words was the obvious high point of the book for me.
A great read! The mother-daughter relationships spanning over three generations was done so authentically it is hard to believe that Amy Tan was not there herself in each generation living those lives in all the different scenes/eras of the book."Things I must not forget" - is the first line of some Chinese writings which her mother handed to her and which she managed to translate. Her mother, Luling, was in the early stages of Alzheimers, which forced Ruth (or Lootie as her mother pronounced he [...]
2007 Rating: 2 Stars2016 Rating: I’m very happy this one got selected for book club as it had been many years since I’d read this. I remember my original frustration was that I was much more used to Amy Tan’s work which is primarily set in the past. This book starts in the present day and remains centered there, even as the past is explored. Sadly, this present-focus remains less engaging for me than other works by Tan. I don’t need to love or even like the protagonist, but I also don’ [...]
Wonderfully moving story of mothers and daughters and how the way we learn to relate with our mothers can impact every other relationship we form in life. The characters grow and learn and change over the course of the story in a most satisfying way, although the author does come perilously close to an unrealistically (view spoiler)[Happily Ever After ending. (hide spoiler)] Alright, maybe she did it, but I enjoyed the journey so much that I didn’t mind it. I zoomed through this book in less t [...]
"The Bonesetter's Daughter" is the second to last Amy Tan novel I have yet to re-read, and like "Hundred Secret Senses," I realized I couldn't remember a dang thing about this book. "The Joy Luck Club" is all about switching POVs between eight characters, "The Kitchen God's Wife" is basically a super long version of one Joy Luck story (that is of course morbidly depressing half the time), and "Saving Fish From Drowning" is about a ghost following around and narrating about the lulziest tour grou [...]
I really enjoyed this one, having wanted to read this one for years. Set in both pre-communist China and modern day California, telling the story of Ruth and her mother LuLing. It is not an easy relationship at all. LuLing is quarrelsome, manipulative, and has made Ruth's life hell for many years. Ruth tries to be understanding, but her mother is driving her crazy and when the doctors say that LuLing is sliding into dementia, Ruth's life turns upside down and leaving her to pick up the pieces. S [...]
Like most of Tan's books, this novel focuses on mother-daughter relationships extending over several generations. It is a tale of discovering the truth about our past and ourselves. Ruth's mother LuLing is suffering with the early stages of Alzheimer's and carefully writes down the "Things I Know Are True" and the "Things I Must Not Forget" - leaving them for her daughter to find. These are the vehicles through which Ruth discovers the secrets and truths hidden in her mother's past. This is a wo [...]
This is my third Amy Tan book. I have not read a novel from her in years and this book helped me to remember why she is one of my favorite authors. Amy Tan has a timeless writing style. That is the only way I can describe it. She doesn't write overly poetic or too simple. Amy Tan writes with a unique style that is perfect in every way. Her Chinese voice and American Chinese voice interchange with ease.This book addresses mother-daughter relations and the complexes feelings involved. Ruthie is th [...]
Ruth is part of the sandwich generation, trying to balance her live-in boyfriend and his daughters along with her increasingly more forgetful mother and a demanding job.This was my first Amy Tan book and I found it to be riveting. I found Ruth's story much easier to follow. LuLung had a really difficult life and I found myself depressed.
Just finished Amy Tan's "The Bonesetter's Daughter." I enjoyed the book for the most part it felt like her other stories did, a glimpse into a culture radically different from my own, yet wrestling with some similar issues I've grappled with in my own life.The last few pages, though just drove me insane. This gal is dealing with her elderly Alzheimer-stricken mother with a $750/mo. Social Security income, her insecure boyfriend and his two whiny teenage daughters, losing her confidence in her ca [...]
Amy Tan has a way of getting inside mother daughter relationships that is startling. All of her novels explore the bond at both its best and worst. Part of what makes her stories so interesting is the clash of culture and of generational change which is so different to my own. The Bonesetters Daughter is probably the darkest of her novels, despite the (too) neat ending. The stories of the women are fascinating, though I had a hard time liking Ruth much which is probably unfair, I know all too we [...]
2.5 STARSThis is my second book by Amy Tan after The Joy Luck Club. I thoroughly enjoyed reading TJLC, so I was really looking forward to reading this book. The Bonesetter's Daughter is told from two points of view: Ruth, a first-generation Chinese-American working in San Francisco as a ghost writer, and her mother LuLing growing up in China and how she moved to America. I enjoyed reading the first part of the book and was quickly hooked with Ruth's story. However, it all went downhill when the [...]
3.5/5 STARSHonestly, this book was not what I expected. Going into it i had my hopes set along the lines of a tale like Memoirs of a Geisha. I won't say I'm disappointed, but I'm definitely not entranced, or enamored of this. In some ways, both books are similar and yet in other ways they are separated by gapping differences. I'm glad I went into this without proper enlightenment of it's content, otherwise I would have been reluctant to read it.The story is recounted in voices of a mother and da [...]
3.5 starsI have always liked Amy Tan's novels. A common theme for her is tension in the mother-daughter relationship. I don't mean this in a volatile way. Her stories are usually stretched around love and understanding, and then forgiveness. In this novel, it seemed that with the strict Asian culture and then with the Americanized child, there seems to be a rift that needs to be bridged. And the author does that beautifully.Her stories aren't fast paced, but, for me, they do evoke feelings of co [...]
I'm so glad I listened to this one, it made my heart happy. I have a weak spot for mother-daughter (and sisters) stories. I especially loved the parts about LuLing's childhood in China.
This is the first Amy Tan book I've read and it won't be the last. Loved it.
Having already read two novels by Amy Tam, I was pretty certain that I knew what I was getting myself into. What did I expect? Well, basically a story about an estranged (Chinese) mother and a (Chinese American) daughter trying to fix their relationship, all narrated from a strictly feminine point of view. Surely enough, the opening chapter titled ‘truth’ delivered what I was expecting. It was written from a perspective of LuLing Liu Young, mother to Luyi Young (her American name is Ruth) an [...]
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