Maoyue Wang Wang itibaren غلامعلی، کردستان، İran
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First book I have read in the series. I want to try some of the recipes. The setting in MN and the summer fairs makes me want to attend one this year. Has a nice pace and everything except for her two beaus seems realistic. Crimes happen in even in the MN "nice" arena. I learned people actually deep fry candy bars and eat them!
This was written later than The Joy Luck Club, and I think that definitely shows in the quality of the writing and the structure of the novel. The sometimes cloying sentimentality of that book is not as much in evidence here, and the way the storyline falls into place is much more easy to follow. The pacing of the book is very, very slow, however. It's 400+ pages in a large format paperback, but feels much longer. In some respects, I liked this; it allowed us to see more of the world of China in the 1920s through to the 40s, which is really unimaginably foreign to me. I like how Tan shows us how the Chinese way of thinking informs their culture and vice versa, because that's certainly one of the aspects that most people from western cultures have a hard time comprehending and getting their head around. In many more ways, though, it irked me; the beginning was much too slow and ponderous, and large sections of Winnie's story could have been filleted out without making any substantial difference to the storyline. I never particularly found myself caring for the characters, either. Winnie/Wei-lei was certainly a strong and independent female character, of the kind I normally feel very strongly towards. However, I found myself almost skimming over one of the climactic scenes of the novel involving Wen Fu's final attack on her, and really not caring one way or the other what happened to her. That's not what the emotional outcome for the reader should be after investing the time to read nearly four hundred pages. Tan's prose is still clear and elegant and a pleasure to read; I can't see myself picking up another one of her books, though.
This book is essential to anyone who enters the business world, especially sports marketing. Order your on copy for future reference. It is easy to read and insightful!