Review: The Bonesetter's Daughter

Editorial Review - - Jami Edwards

"For nine hundred years, Precious Auntie's family had been bonesetters. That was the tradition. Her father's customers were mostly men and boys who were crushed in the coal mines and limestone quarries. He treated other maladies when necessary, but bonesetting was his specialty. He did not have to go to a special school to be a bone doctor. He learned from watching his father, and his father ... Read full review

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User Review  - Auntie-Nanuuq - LibraryThing

I did the best I could, I even skimmed & jumped. I just did not like the characters, and for me that is the deal breaker Art, Ruth's Anglo significant other, basically drops the responsibility of his ... Read full review

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User Review  - CJ82487 - LibraryThing

I wanted to reread The Joy Luck Club because we were talking about it in my book club and I remembered how well the movie adaptation and it had been a while since I had read the book. Go figure, I ... Read full review

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User Review  - Sarah_Buckley - LibraryThing

I feel like I can't really be objective about this book. I just love Amy Tan too much as a writer. I have loved every book of hers and can never find anything bad to say about them. I loved all the ... Read full review

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User Review  - BookConcierge - LibraryThing

A very good book. Tan writes so well about the struggle between mothers and daughters to love and accept one another. She frequently deals, too, with mother's attempts to shield and protect daughter ... Read full review

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User Review  - MaureenCean - LibraryThing

Really a 2.5 for me. My first Amy Tan, and I feel a bit guilty that I did not appreciate it more given how well regarded she is. I found the first part, set in the present, to be way too long for me ... Read full review

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An authentic account of the complex relationship between a Chinese mother and herr American-born daughter.

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This was my first Amy Tan book, and this book may very well be my favorite book of all time. It's written so eloquently, not a page-turner in the the sense of a quick read, rather, I read and savored every word written on every page. I have a new favorite author!

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What does an author need to keep his/her readers seated for a whole sunny afternoon indoors to seak the answers to all the puzzles faced by the protaganists? An oracle bone, and a surname almost drowned in the Alzheimer-stricken mind.
That's what Amy Tan did to me. I wanna know what becomes of the oracle and what's the last name of the bonesetter's daughter. And to suit my curiosity, I spent not just an afternoon, but this whole sunny Chinese Lunar New Year's Day indoors.
It's with such delicate and detailed touches that Amy wrote about Beijing and Zhoukoudian in the 1930s, and with such passion put into the characters Precious Auntie, LuLing Liu, Ruth Young..., that you want to laugh as they laugh, weep as they weep, recoil as they recoil and curse as they curse. Gradually, you'll forget all about yourself and start living their family history, fictional or literal.
Amy Tan didn't let me down. Nor did she in Joy Luck Club.

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User Review  - EvaW - LibraryThing

Found it a bit hard to get into - but enjoyed it after about the first third. Read full review

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