The Hundred Secret Senses

The Hundred Secret Senses

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Amy Tan has established a reputation as a major novelist of not only the Asian American experience but the universal experience of family relationships. With the publication of her first novel, The Joy Luck Club, which touched the hearts of millions of readers, Tan joined the ranks of major contemporary novelists. Adapting her brand of Chinese traditional talk story as a vehicle for exploring the lives of the mothers and daughters at the center of her novels, Tan allows readers to experience the lives of her characters from multiple perspectives in parallel and intersecting narratives. In this first full-length study of her work, E.D. Huntley explores the fictional worlds Tan has created in her three novels, The Joy Luck Club, The Kitchen God's Wife, and The Hundred Secret Senses. Examining the characters, narrative strategies, plot development, literary devices, setting, and major themes, Huntley explores the rich tapestry created in each of the novels.

Greenwood Pub Group
The first full-length critical study of Asian American novelist Amy Tan.

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Explores the fictional worlds that Chinese-American writer Tan has created in her three novels, The Joy Luck Club , The Kitchen God's Wife , and The Hundred Secret Senses . Examines her characters, narrative strategies, plot development, literary devices, setting, and major themes. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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Examines the works of the Chinese American author, describing her characters, narrative strategies, plot development, literary devices, settings, and major themes

Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2010, c1995
ISBN: 9780313302077
Characteristics: 358 p. ; 20 cm


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Oct 23, 2017

This was the kind of story that made me just want to read right to the end in one sitting. The story itself, although interesting, was not the real reason. I just loved Tan's writing; her way of relating thoughts as interesting inner conversations with oneself. Her characters are always interesting and this story about two half-sisters really kept my attention. Olivia meets her half-sister when Kwan-Li arrives from China at the age of fourteen. She speaks an endearing, or annoying depending on your perspective, kind of English, and takes to Olivia in a big way proclaiming she will look after her always. It seems Kwan Li can see dead people with her yin eyes and believes that people are born again just to be with those they love. To enjoy this story you must believe that Kwan Li is exactly who she says she is with the abilities she says she has. I found her delightful with her fractured English and her seemingly always sunny disposition. Olivia in her own way was also endearing with her frustrations and her doubts about her life and her anguish about not having a child. As excellent a read as Tan's other books.

Apr 04, 2013

Pop fiction. Set in California and Southern China, this novel tells the story of a woman and her half-sister, who see ghosts and tell ghost stories set in the 19th century. Unconvincing and unsatisfying.

penpencil22 Jun 24, 2011

My all-time favorite book by Amy Tan. gotta love Kwan :)

Feb 11, 2011

This was a magical book, hard to put down...finished it rather quickly due to compelling story and interesting characters.


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