CliffsNotes on Tan's The Kitchen God's Wife by Mei Li Robinson download in ePub, pdf, iPad
After giving birth to a second son, Jingmei killed herself by concealing a lethal dose of opium in a New Year's rice cake. For three years, she wrote and edited news, and then launched and helped publish a professional journal, Emergency Room Reports.
On one hand, The Kitchen God's Wife echoes the oral foundation, the confessional style, the theme of alienation, sweeping war scenarios, and mother-daughter situations of The Joy Luck Club. College Education When the family returned to San Francisco, Amy's scholarships and part-time work at a pizzeria paid her tuition at Linfield, a small Baptist college in McMinnville, Oregon. The romance flourished during six months of silence between mother and daughter. It continues to draw upon her unique experiences with family relationships as well as upon her cultural heritage, especially the traditions of Chinese spirits and ghosts. The historical events are not simply employed to provide color and realism, but are integral influences on the story itself.
She shuffled through six plots and wearying weeks of book tours, speeches, volunteer projects, and literary luncheons. Focused on wish-fulfillment through personal action rather than through divine intervention and graced with Manchu-style drawings, the story is a visual and textual success.
Amy began a sisterly correspondence. Daisy has equated Amy's muse with the ghost of Jingmei, Amy's much maligned, but indomitable grandmother.
Pearl and her mother, Winnie. This favorable union of themes and style, however, doesn't spring from a calculated attempt to manipulate the fiction market, but from Tan's internal wars with society, self, mother, and the past.
Tan admits to feeling daunted by the success of The Joy Luck Club as she approached the writing of her next book. Daisy's hospitalization for an acute attack of angina, Amy's own unsuccessful psychiatric therapy, and her third career change.
On the other hand, it has merited comparison to the darkly dramatic novels of Russian literary giants Leo Tolstoy, Feodor Dostoevsky, and Boris Pasternak. Because she was brought up as an American, she felt disconnected from her Asian-American heritage for which her mother was both spokesperson and role model.
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