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The Kitchen God's Wife: A Novel Paperback – September 21, 2006
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Winnie's story is sadly very familiar not just in Chinese culture, but told during a rough time in China. She tells it to explain to her daughter why she is the way she is. Amy Tan is very crafty and spins the tale s you can almost hear the bombs falling and smell the fear in the air.
I love all her books but this one is one of my favorites.
I was gripped. I didn't want to put the book down and my head became (temporarily at least) enmeshed in Chinese culture.
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HOWEVER I think I spotted a huge continuity error. The beginning of the book - Pearl's section - seems to be set pretty much in the present day. Pearl's husband, Phil, is 46 , and Pearl is 41. They have two children aged 8 and 3. Yet later on we discover that Pearl was born in 1945, at the end of the war. This makes the year the modern parts of this book is set 1986, but there is mention of "the '89 earthquake", and Phil loads software onto his laptop computer.
Jane Muir Author of e-book 'That Feel Good Factor'.
Amy Tan really depicts pretty well how wounded people re-act and in the figure of Wen Fu, we found a truly pathological person, a real predator, a psychopath. It was very instructive to see how real this character was. China and its environment and time felt so real as well.
It is worth reading the book from all the potential lessons that can be extracted. It was really a very good book.
I expect that mostly women will relate to it as the story is told from the perspective of a woman. As a feminist, I found the book's ideas hard to accept, namely love is acceptance and the woman should bear it all.
Overall, I do recommend the book as when reading it I got immersed in time and place so different from my one.
I will certainly find another book by the same author for my next read.