In this book, Pearl and her daughter, Joy are the narrators. I found the telling of what actually went on in China during Mao's leadership taught me many things that I did not know. During, one such excursion, Joy meets an illiterate village bumpkin Tao and then in a juvenile aggression of love marries him. Pearl goes out of her way to find her and bring her home. From the crowded city to remote villages, Pearl confronts old demons and almost insurmountable challenges as she follows Joy, hoping for reconciliation.
Joe was having no part of that and hung up on her. The man she called her father was not related to her by blood. Of course there are dangers in confusing fiction with history, but there is so much nuance and so little evidence of revisionism in Dreams of Joy. It is both beautifully written and incredibly hard to read. Joy flees to China when faced with a revelatory truth. But she is also tougher than she knew or started out, a survivor with the advantage of having inherited her father's artistic talent, which gives her a sense of purpose. I have read all her work and she never disappoints.
Li Zhi-ge used to pain On August 23, 1957, nineteen-year-old Joy, is a confused and upset Chinese girl. I enjoyed Dreams of Joy, too although I think Shanghai Girls was my favorite of the two. Pearl goes out of her way to find her and bring her home. In many ways Dreams of Joy is a traditional coming-of-age novel for Joy. The audio rendition was fabulous. How do you feel about this? She discovers she can obtain a pass to travel to the countryside or anything else she wants if she does and says what the official wants to hear.
Food is already growing scarce on the commune. Tragically, this also meant more stomachs to go hungry. Understanding that her home, the place she belongs and wants to be now is America. Joy quickly and for no good reason falls in love with Feng Tao, a boy at the farming commune to which Z. So far, not really a problem. See is unflinching in her willingness to describe it all.
Li, with whom both May and Pearl were once in love. Throughout Shanghai Girls, May and Pearl learned what true loss was and were subjected to terrors and experiences that changed and shaped them. It is 1957 and China is led by Chairman Mao Tse-tung, celebrated for, among other things, his assistance in repelling the invasion of the Japanese. I'd give it 10 stars if I could! Despite Tao's demands that Joy beg her father for travel cards, Joy still believes in the Chinese government and refuses to leave the commune. Readers of historical fiction will appreciate the authentic details that See weaves into her novel. And all the while Ms.
Dreams of Joy tells the story of Joy, a Chinese-American at the the time of the inception of Mao's Great Leap Forward. Me ha mostrado tan de cerca una realidad de China de la que era completamente ignorante al nivel de detalle con el que se cuenta. This is also a story of the unconditional love a mother has for her child. Less common are stories of new Americans returning to the countries they or their parents left behind, often at great expense and risk. Janet Song does a fine job narrating the audiobook. Joy, who has studied Chinese politics in school, is anxious to travel with him, as she believes life on a commune is the most efficient way to live. Joy has absolutely no clue about any of this, so for her it's just like a fun trip on one of her Aunt's movie set's, complete with real peasent huts and chickens.
I agree with the reader who said she would give it 10 stars if it were possible. But Pearl has her suspicions. At times, I yearned for more depth to some internal plots, but what I really took away was the wealth of information. Twenty years later, one of their daughters, runs away from a family tragedy of her own back to China where she is convinced the Communist Revolution is building a more just world for all humanity. Meanwhile, quietly, the characters grow: Joy becomes a fully Initially, I thought that having Joy and Pearl return to China was such an obvious device that I was disappointed. She lives in Los Angeles. Thank you for a wonderful review, I really enjoyed it! She makes a series of startlingly bad decisions and she has help making these decisions.
I will say that Joy, reversing the journey of her mother, leaves America and goes to China out of an idealistic wish to be a part of the people's movement there. I found the story interesting with lots of twists and turns to keep my interest. He had the farmers plant 5 times as many seeds in a plot as there is space. Joy is about to learn the difference between idealistic dreams and the sometimes horribly harsh reality that is caused by forcing their embodiment in people's lives. Her mother, the secondary main character, was much more sympathetic to me.
We experience first hand Pearl's discovery that the same boarders her family had to take in to pay her father's debts all those years ago, still live in her ancestral home! Joy, like many of the people in China, believes in Mao and his plans. However, he is being sent by the government to live with peasants in the countryside to reassess his imperialistic mind. Joy's biological father turns out to be a famous Chinese artist, who painted her mother and aunt for the advertising posters that decorated Shanghai in the 1930s and inspire the covers for See's novels. Back then, Pearl was one of his favorites, now she barely recognizes him. See's writing is very good and wonderfully descriptive. And Joy deserves to paint beautiful pictures and appreciate both of her mothers and their sacrifices for her. Great sense of place and evolution of somewhat flawed, b This is one of my favorite books of all time! Joy misses the indoor plumbing she took for granted in Los Angeles; Pearl is a street sweeper in Shanghai, wistfully collecting scraps of the posters of her and her sister that once adorned city walls.