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Blow from the South The wind leaves no trail Throw sand from the East to distract him Blow blow blow He cannot see He is blind now Make him lean away from the wind so he is easier to knock down p98 What kind of thoughts go through a readers mind when they come across a paragraph that has gibberish for its structure How about a whole book of Chinese proverbs and bits of fragmented wisdom The Joy Luck Club is a book that fits this description The book has the potential of becoming another in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series Made up from a collection of stories from the pasts of the main characters the book lacks many of the qualities that are found in better known contemporary compositions I personally thought it was the story line and the style that were two of the biggest let downs of the book However if there was one good thing that I could say about the book it would be the way that it illustrates the conflicts of mother-daughter relationships The possibility for a sequel does exist After reading this book I can honestly say that I have no desire to read any more of Amy Tans work Since the beginning of time English teachers have preached the importance of the plot diagram you know that stupid mountain-looking thing that starts with the exposition and ends after the climax with a resolution this book doesnt follow that diagram The lack of a strong plot was the most prominent let down of the book The stories were well written and it was interesting to see how they fit together to compose the characteristics of the characters but the book left me unsatisfied by having no real suspense Throughout the entire book I never once thought Whats going to happen next This made the book seem excruciatingly long The depression that every one of the
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