Amy Tan

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18 comments:

morgan (bennett) said...

Amy Tan's writing is both adventurous and unpredictable. She has varying story lines which always keep the reader in suspense. All of her novels seem to have similar theme guidelines except A Hundred Secret Senses which is a very exciting novel, but is very different that her other books such as The Kitchen God's Wife and Saving Fish From Drowning. If you enjoy reading stories about complex characters and their uniquely interesting experiences, then Amy Tan is the perfect author for you!

Lizzie (Narrow) said...

Amy Tan's novels focus on the theme of culturaly strained mother- daughter relationships. Several of her novels face topics such as suicide, alsheimers disease and attempt of rape. Also, If you are interested in reading about Asian cultured novels that are adventurous and approximately three hundred to four hundred pages each, then Amy Tan is the author for you. I would recommend The Bonestter's Daughter. It is suspenceful and follows the different generations of an Asian family. I would also recommend The Joyluck Club, however, there are many different characters, so if you are easily confused by a lot of characters then I do not recommend this novel.

Korinna(narrow) said...

While Amy Tan's novels has a very unique way of creating exciting plots and characters, I felt Tan lacked alot of Chinese insight. Tan protrays her culture as overly superstitious and there are times when I am confused about her references to certain aspects of Chinese culture. She is an A-B-C, and all of her characters are ABCs exploring their Chineseness and trying to fix their rocky relationships with their mothers. Tan's works are intersting to read, but if you are Chinese and know better about your culture, I suggest you read at your own expense

Abby (Rose) said...

I chose Amy Tan because I knew her books are stories about families and their lives. I read The Bonesetter’s Daughter, The Kitchen God’s Wife, The Hundred Secret Senses, and The Joy Luck Club. Amy Tan’s books are not a very hard read. However, most of her books are about 300 or 400 pages. I would recommend Amy Tan’s books for the American Author Thesis project because there are many themes that are included within all of her books. There are many approaches for a thesis when using her books. Topics included in her books are family, mother-daughter relationships, Chinese culture, divorce, and more. I recommend taking thorough plot notes on Amy Tan’s books because so much happens in each book without any particular or organized order.

Catriona(Bennett) said...

Amy Tan has a diverse range of topics she writes about. Most of her book resolves around mother daughter relationship. Most of her books are over 300 pages but most are worth it. The Joy Luck Club is the most interesting book that has the ability to keep you hooked. The Bonesetter’s Daughter is a dull read, which also doesn’t work well with most of the other books. The Joy Luck Club, Saving Fish from Drowning, and The Kitchen God’s Wife work better together. Her books have multiple plots, which will keep you reading. If you are into different cultures and changing relationships, you will enjoy her.

Emily (Bennett) said...

Amy Tan’s novels hold themes concerning cultural boundaries and relationships between mothers and daughters. Asian culture, particularly Chinese culture, plays an important role in all of her novels, giving traditional conflicts an interesting twist. I chose to read The Joy Luck Club, The Hundred Secret Senses, and The Bonesetter’s Daughter. Most of her books vary from 300 to 400 pages, but her novels are not overly complicated or dense so reading shouldn’t take too much time. Some books such as The Joy Luck Club circulate around several characters, and keeping track of each character with notes would really help when writing your author thesis paper. I recommend reading The Bonesetter’s Daughter because the reader is given a mother’s perspective and a daughter’s perspective. I also enjoyed reading The Hundred Secret Senses, however, its themes differ slightly from the themes of her other novels so making connections between this book and others may be more challenging.

Anya (Bennett) said...

Amy Tan’s novels mainly describe troubles and tensions between Chinese immigrant mothers and their Americanized daughters through their shared adventures in an entertaining way. The daughters ignore the Chinese aspect of their identity and embrace the American side. They reflect on their childhood and growing up with strong discipline and expectations that most of them have not met leading to future guilt. Now as grown women with their own families, the Americanized-daughters reflect and analyze past quarrels and disagreements that they had with their Chinese caretakers. Each girl eventually recognizes how the older generation played a significant part in shaping their identities causing them to embrace their Chinese heritage. Tan’s books are both humorous and adventurous as well as easily relatable if you are an American living with immigrant family members. Also, writing a thesis on her would be fairly easy because her books mostly encompass the same idea especially The Joy Luck Club, 100 Secret Senses and The Bonesetter’s Daughter ☺

Nina (Bennett) said...

Amy Tan’s novels are a very good choice for the American Author Thesis. They are a good length and the many characters will keep you interested the whole way through. Tan’s novels deal with the themes of mother-daughter relationships and cultural barriers (Chinese-American specifically). I read The Joy Luck Club, The Bonesetter’s Daughter and The Kitchen God’s Wife. I found it relatively easy to create a thesis incorporating all novels because they all had similar themes. The only downside to reading Tan is that the similarity between the themes gets a bit repetitive and tiresome. However, I thoroughly enjoyed Tan’s novels and I recommend them to you if you are looking for an interesting but easy read and books that are similar but can form a very good, in-depth thesis.

Megan (Anderson) said...

Amy Tan's novel focus on themes such as loss and redemption. The reason why I chose to read her novels is because first of all, I read one of her novels over the summer, The Joy Luck Club. I thought that the novel was fantastic, and when I saw her as a choice for the American Author Thesis paper, I immediately chose her. The books I read were The Bonesetter’s Daughter, The Kitchen God’s Wife and The Hundred Secret Senses. Each book was easy to read, but had a lot of depth to it. I also found her books easy to read because she relates to Chinese culture a lot, and because I am also from a Chinese culture descent, I can also relate to her writings first hand. Therefore, I found it easy to read. But, even if I didn’t have any Chinese background, I probably wouldn’t have found her novels challenging. I thought it was both easy and hard to write about this author’s book because there were so many themes within each novel that I could write about. I thought writing about these books were hard because my decision had to precise, and it had to be the theme that occurred most within each novel. When I wrote about this author’s books, I had to make sure that I had enough evidence as well to prove my point. Once I had chosen what theme to focus on and started to write, I thought it was easy. I would recommend my author for the American Author Thesis project because her style of writing is very similar, and her themes within the novel are very clear. Through reading Amy Tan’s novels, I found that her writing style has been very consistent. A strategy for tackling my author’s book is at the end of each book, take a five-minute writing period and write whatever themes come to your head. The list I made helped me in the long run because I could compare the lists from all three of my books to help create a thesis and find a common theme to write about.

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Caroline (Dubé) said...

Amy Tan's novels, focusing on the complications first generation American daughters and immigrated mothers deal with, were perfect for the American Author thesis because of the common themes throughout the books. Not only do the books have interesting plots, but they are fluid and clear. I read The Joy Luck Club, The Kitchen God's Wife, and Saving Fish From Drowning. The Joy Luck Club and The Kitchen God's Wife work perfectly to connect while Saving Fish From Drowning was a struggle to connect because of how little it talked about the main character, Bibi's, mother.

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Caroline (Dubé) said...

Amy Tan's novels, focusing on the complications first generation American daughters and immigrated mothers deal with, were perfect for the American Author thesis because of the common themes throughout the books. Not only do the books have interesting plots, but they are fluid and clear. I read The Joy Luck Club, The Kitchen God's Wife, and Saving Fish From Drowning. The Joy Luck Club and The Kitchen God's Wife work perfectly to connect while Saving Fish From Drowning was a struggle to connect because of how little it talked about the main character, Bibi's, mother. However, they all eventually connected and made for a strong essay.

Ethan (Maxwell) said...

Amy Tan’s novels focus on first-generation Chinese-American mothers and their American-Chinese daughters, revealing the incongruities and struggles between those mothers and daughters. Through these mother-daughter relationships, Tan reveals the complicated past of first-generation Chinese-American mothers. I read The Bonesetter’s Daughter, The Hundred Secret Senses, The Joy Luck Club, The Kitchen God’s Wife, and Saving Fish from Drowning. With the exception of Saving Fish from Drowning, most of these books focus on the past lives of first-generation mothers. While reading these books, I found it interesting and fun to compare the American familial values to Chinese familial values. Note that Tan reveals many “controversial” cultural values of Chinese family through her characters. So, I recommend looking at these cultural value objectively and respectively (don’t try to determine if certain Chinese values are “right” or “wrong”).

Julia Fontaine said...

When thinking about choosing an author for this project, Amy Tan is an excellent choice if you are fascinated with Chinese culture and the journeys of complicated mother and daughter relationships. Her books are infatuated with Chinese traditions and stories that can become quite repetitive. However, this makes it simple to extract a common theme throughout her novels and a good paper to support. I read The Joy Luck Club, The Bonesetter’s Daughter and The Valley of Amazement. The Joy Luck Club was a classic representation of mother daughter relationships, as well as The Valley of Amazement. You can expect a lot of discrimination against women and harsh situations that can be hard to understand but extremely intriguing. While these two books were similar, I found The Bonesetter's Daughter to have little correlation with the first two and at times very confusing and off topic.

Elissa said...

Choosing Amy Tan as an author was a really good choice for me because her novels were insightful on a personal level. I constantly compared her characters and their mother-daughter relationships to my own family’s, and found that my writing grew as a result, as well as how I viewed my mother’s actions and true intentions. I read The Joy Luck Club, The Kitchen God’s Wife, The Bonesetter’s Daughter, The Hundred Secret Senses, and The Valley of Amazement. All of them connected to my theme of strong versus broken relationships, and it was fairly easy to make connections across the books. A couple cons I encountered while reading was that there were often unanswered questions at the ends of the books, and it was hard to keep track of the different characters and their relationships with each other (especially in The Joy Luck Club). The unanswered questions did not hinder my writing, but I struggled with both clarity and choosing which characters to focus on because there were so many.

Casey Morton said...

Amy Tan would be a great choice for Author Thesis. Her style of writing is unique, but not extremely hard to understand. Her books often feature themes of mother-daughter relationships, language, and identity. For Author Thesis, I read The Joy Luck Club, The Kitchen God's Wife, and Saving Fish From Drowning. The Joy Luck Club and The Kitchen God's Wife were very similar in terms of perspective of the main characters, and also had similar themes. The one that was harder to connect to the others was Saving Fish From Drowning, because it was told from a very different perspective. If you would like to pick Amy Tan, I would highly recommend The Joy Luck Club and The Kitchen God's Wife for choices as books, but Saving Fish From Drowning would be a better book for reading outside of Author Thesis. Amy Tan's books also tend to range from 300-500 pages, so be aware of that as well. Her books also often end with a "the end is the beginning" kind of moment, where it is only hinted that the characters may resolve their problems.

Maddie Genta said...

I enjoyed reading Amy Tan and would recommend her to most students. I read The Joy Luck Club, The Bonesetter's Daughter and The Hundred Secret Senses, and although fairly long, they were quick reads. Her novels are enjoyable, easy to understand and have strong character development. The novels all share common themes and plot and involve Chinease-American mother daughter relationships. Amy Tan does a great of intertwining Chinese culture and American culture. Even though I don't have a strong knowledge about Chinease culture, the themes and messages in the novel were very relatable. One of the best parts about the novels are the strong relationships between the characters and the messages and morals learned at the end. Although the themes and ideas present themselves throughout most of her novels, developing an argument was slightly difficult because some of the ideas were different from mainstream literature. She tended to argue against or add a twist to conventional arguments. Overall, I would recommend Amy Tan to any student who enjoys realistic fiction novels.

Olivia Badertscher said...

I really enjoyed reading Amy Tan's books for my Author Thesis. They are typically about mother-daughter relationships and friendships about Chinese and Chinese-American women. I think that there is just enough culture that it is interesting but not so much that it blocks the real message. If you like books that are told as stories and lessons that people have learned through their lives Amy Tan would be a great choice. I read "Joy Luck Club", "Bonesetter's Daughter", and "The Hundred Secret Senses" and I really enjoyed all of them. "Joy Luck Club" and "Bonesetter's Daughter" worked very well together because they were both about mother-daughter relationships and "The Hundred Secret Senses" was a bit more difficult to connect because it involved a relationship between sisters but the themes throughout all of the books do line up really well. Tan's writing style is not hard to comprehend and her themes are visible throughout her books. I liked the stories woven into the text but if you are not a fan of that type of writing I would not choose this author because it is very prominent in the books that I read. I would definitely recommend Amy Tan as an author!

Kate Dario said...

Personally, I loved reading the work of Amy Tan. Tan often writes about the relationships between Chinese-American women. In the three books I read, “The Joy Luck Club”, “The Bonesetter’s Daughter”, and “The Kitchen God’s Wife”, she focuses primarily on relationships between Chinese immigrant mothers and their American born daughters. The themes of identity, familial relationships, and love depicted throughout her novels are universal. No matter what someone’s gender or heritage is, they can relate to the beautiful chaos of family portrayed throughout Tan’s work. Each book is relatively similar, and it is easy to make connections between them. The focus of sophomore year english is the American identity, and Tan brings a unique perspective to the topic. Tan’s commentary on the intersections of race and gender within our modern day society is unlike anything I have read before. I recommend Amy Tan to anyone searching for an author to examine the nuances of family and identity in modern American society.

American Author Thesis

Now that you have written your essay, we ask that you reflect on the reading portion of the experience and write 100-150 words about your author.

Think of what you write as advice for someone next year and beyond, someone who (like you were doing last fall) is thinking about choosing your author - and maybe even the same three books - to read for the assignment.