The Joy Luck Club: Many Weeks Later

Captain Spazzmataz Thoughts:

  • P. 87 – TeeHee. She deserved it.
  • P. 91 – Well that is kind of terrifying. I am glad that we aren’t known for performing the best torture.
  • P. 94 – I feel like it would be extremely frustrating to explain chess to a seven year old.
  • P. 95 – Man, there are a lot of gruesome names for chess tactics.
  • P. 100 – I like the image of the apartment having tiger eyes.

I liked this section. It was more interesting for some reason. I guess because the past few chapters were told from the old ladies’ points of view and this one was from one of the daughters.

Sickly Super Koala Thoughts:

  • p. 87 – These malignant gates sound very intense.  Malignant is just such a great descriptor.
  • p. 89 – Waverly’s mom is obviously a boss.  Also, I kind of love the name Waverly.
  • p. 90 – “Golden teeth” is a sneaky description.  It sounds fancy, but you know its got to be super gross.
  • p. 94 – I can’t even imagine the difficulty of learning chess from an instruction book.  Go those kids.
  • p. 95 – This adorably reminds me of the Pixar chess short.
  • p. 97 – Momma Jong just roasted the brothers! Also, Bobby needs to calm it down.
  • p. 100 – Man, Momma Jong is rough.  I don’t know how I would feel if my parents called me “this girl.”

So far, I really like Waverly’s portion of the story.  The intense place of pressure and pride that she comes from is so different from my own childhood experiences, as I am obviously not a child chess champion.  I’m definitely interested in the progression of this story arc, especially as it continues into their adult lives.


The Joy Luck Club: Labor Day Reading

Captain Spazzmataz Thoughts:

  • P. 67 – Man, these mothers are so depressing. It is horrible that she doesn’t think she is noticed by anyone. It’s so sad that they have gone though such troubles in their life and now they are so far removed from modern life that they can’t connect with anyone.
  • P. 70 – Wow. Really? “A girl can never ask, only listen.” That is just horrible. How could anyone live like that!?
  • P. 71 – Do her sisters really not have names, or does she just not care to say them?
  • P. 72 – How do they expect a four year old to stand perfectly still and not play?
  • P. 73 – What! They get to take afternoon naps! So jealous.
  • P. 75 – I think that is kind of cruel making a bird get your fish for you.
  • P. 78 – Has nobody on her boat noticed that she is missing!?
  • P. 83 – I don’t really understand what happened in these last few pages. It was really strange, but I am glad that her family did care that she was missing and that they found her again.

Super Koala Thoughts:

  • p. 67 – It’s such a sad beginning, the obvious disconnect between the mothers and daughters.
  • p. 71 – Her sisters don’t get real names?  They’re like the things from the Dr. Seuss book.
  • p. 72 – I’m so curious as to what a mooncake tastes like.  The combination of bean paste and egg yolk doesn’t strike me as something sweet, but they’re always used as a treat in this book.
  • p. 74 – The old ladies hitting each other with fans is a hilarious image.
  • p. 75 – The shrimpies!
  • p. 76 – Using the bird is such a sad yet ingenious way of fishing.
  • p. 78 – What a horrifying event for a little girl! Or anyone.
  • p. 81 – And to think, I thought the yin and yang concept was cool when I was younger.
  • p. 82 – Say whaaaat.

I feel like my comments on this book are fairly boring because I like it so much.  I don’t have any complaints, I just want to keep reading it.

The Joy Luck Club: Keeping a Steady Schedule (so far)

Captain Spazzmataz Thoughts:

  • P. 43 – Popo’s stories are  weird and gross. Why would you tell these things to a nine year old girl?
  • P. 47 – This family is horrible. How could you tell a little girl that she won’t be mourned for very long if she dies young!?
  • P. 48 – Well that is just disgusting.
  • P. 52 – Man, that must be so disappointing to realize your future husband is a big baby.
  • P. 55 – Well it sounds like it is going to be a lovely marriage if he is just trying to make her cry all of the time.
  • P. 56 – That is a pretty sad description of a good life.
  • P. 58 – She is just amazing to put up with all of the nonsense and still be able to see her true self and be happy.
  • P. 65 – Dang. She is so clever. I like her.

Super Koala Thoughts:

  • p. 42 – that sure is an odd way to show affection.
  • p. 43 – these stories are so gross!
  • p. 44 – someone has family issues.
  • p. 46 – the attitudes toward women in Chinese culture are sometimes so difficult to realize.  This story, which I’m sure could apply to many non-fictional women in China, breaks my heart a little bit.
  • p. 48 – and now, a little cannibalism to deepen the story.
  • p. 49 – Shots fired! Shots fired!
  • p. 51 – It seems so strange to assess a child for marriage at the age of two.  I’m kind of fascinated by the idea of a matchmaker.  How does she make decisions?  What are her determining factors?
  • p. 53 – I’m also generally fascinated by all of the Chinese traditions, the festivals and the name rituals.  And the kind of devotion that inspires such ties and severe characteristics among family members.
  • p. 57 – What an impressive girl.  It’s odd; her situation seems so sad, but it’s basically impossible to pity her because she seems to handle everything with such personal strength.
  • p. 58 – see? It’s impossible to feel pity for her.  She’s so great.
  • p. 65 – So much brilliance!

I am still very much so enjoying the book.  I particularly liked the epistolary style of the third chapter, as though it were both a story and a letter to her daughter.  Each of the characters, so far, have such interesting and unique stories, but I still feel like they represent a larger whole that other real-life women could be apart of.  No complaints, thus far.

The Joy Luck Club: New Book!

Dearest Readers,

We are terribly sorry for not posting regularly in quite some time, but we will get back on that shortly. In the meantime, we have decided to start another book for our sister book club.

Captain Spazzmataz Thoughts:

  • P. 26 – That is probably one of the saddest things I have ever read!
  • P. 34 – This would be so uncomfortable. Replacing not only a legend, but your mother must be so difficult.

So, I didn’t have much to say about this chapter whilst reading. But I think it is a really interesting premise for a book, and I can easily see it as being a true story.

Super Koala Thoughts:

  • p. 17 – and the novel begins with some deep, metaphorical implications.
  • p. 23 – I love her mother’s descriptions.
  • p. 26 – So much incredible sadness.
  • p. 29 – So many dollars!  Quite the impressive club.
  • p. 33 – I want to learn to play mah jong.
  • p. 36 – What terrible family members!
  • p. 40 – What an adorably nice surprise!

I really liked this first chapter.  I’ve read this book before, but I was a sophomore in high school at the time, and I don’t really remember much besides doing well on the quizzes for it.  It’s just written in such a skilled yet simple way, and I’m instantly interested in the lives of the characters.  Excellent beginning and set up for the rest of the story.