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Dreams of Joy By Lisa See Janet Song Dreams of Joy In her beloved New York Times bestsellers Snow Flower and the Secret Fan Peony in Love and most recently Shanghai Girls Lisa See has brilliantly illuminated the potent bonds of mother love roman
  • Title: Dreams of Joy
  • Author: Lisa See Janet Song
  • ISBN: 9780739359358
  • Page: 439
  • Format: Audio CD
  • Dreams of Joy By Lisa See Janet Song In her beloved New York Times bestsellers Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, and, most recently, Shanghai Girls, Lisa See has brilliantly illuminated the potent bonds of mother love, romantic love, and love of country Now, in her most powerful novel yet, she returns to these timeless themes, continuing the story of sisters Pearl and May from Shanghai Girls, anIn her beloved New York Times bestsellers Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, and, most recently, Shanghai Girls, Lisa See has brilliantly illuminated the potent bonds of mother love, romantic love, and love of country Now, in her most powerful novel yet, she returns to these timeless themes, continuing the story of sisters Pearl and May from Shanghai Girls, and Pearl s strong willed nineteen year old daughter, Joy.Reeling from newly uncovered family secrets, and anger at her mother and aunt for keeping them from her, Joy runs away to Shanghai in early 1957 to find her birth father the artist Z.G Li, with whom both May and Pearl were once in love Dazzled by him, and blinded by idealism and defiance, Joy throws herself into the New Society of Red China, heedless of the dangers in the communist regime Devastated by Joy s flight and terrified for her safety, Pearl is determined to save her daughter, no matter the personal cost From the crowded city to remote villages, Pearl confronts old demons and almost insurmountable challenges as she follows Joy, hoping for reconciliation Yet even as Joy s and Pearl s separate journeys converge, one of the most tragic episodes in China s history threatens their very lives.Acclaimed for her richly drawn characters and vivid storytelling, Lisa See once again renders a family challenged by tragedy and time, yet ultimately united by the resilience of love.From the Hardcover edition.
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    1. Lisa See Janet Song

      Lisa See is a Chinese American author Her books include Snow Flower and the Secret Fan 2005 , Dragon Bones, and On Gold Mountain She was named the 2001 National Woman of the Year, by the Organization of Chinese American Women She lives in Los Angeles.

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    1. If my mother would have read this book, firstly, she would scoff at Joy for being an ignorant fool and then latched her eyes onto me sternly saying, See, this is what happens when you do not listen to your mother But then, if we do listen to our mothers all the time, how would we craft our own experiences, crash down in our mistakes and strive for success in our own astute ways Joy was restless, enthusiastic and an erratic teen who like many other adolescent Chinese immigrants romanticized Mao s [...]


    2. Beautiful, beautiful bookd a bit horrifying as well I was unaware when I started this book that it was part of a well known series involving Pearl and Mae, two of the story s main characters Joy is the 19 year old daughter of Chinese nationals who relocated to California at the start of China s Cultural Revolution The book opens with the death of Joy s father and a startling family skeleton revealed Deeply shaken, Joy leaves the US to pursue her idea of China Believing, as only a college student [...]


    3. I ll say at the outset I love Lisa See I loved On Gold Mountain The 100 Year Odyssey of My Chinese American Family The Flower Net, Shanghai Girls, Peony in Love, and Snow Flower and the Secret Fan I love her writing, her carefully researched hstory, her political commitment, and deft creation of characters, her portrayal of relationships, especially family ones.So I was thrilled to win her soon to be published new work, book Dreams of Joy A Novel 9500416 from the giveaway.But I was also a little [...]


    4. Dreams of Joy is Lisa See s sequel to Shanghai Girls, but that isn t really what it is is really the completion of what was, for me, an incomplete story It would be like having Gone With the Wind end when Scarlett gets back to Tara after the burning of Atlantayou would feel cheated, because you would know there were a lot of important pieces of this story that you didn t yet know It just couldn t have ended there Everything truly important happens in GWTW after that point, your understanding of [...]


    5. This is one of my favorite books of all time Its the powerful and satisfying conclusion to Shanghai Girls Exquisitely written down to the last vivid detail in this amazing journey across 1950s China and into the heart of what it means to be a family If you were awestruck by Lisa See s Shanghai Girls, prepare yourself for an even finer novel with Dreams of Joy completing the tapestry with compelling and mesmerizing redemptive power Great sense of place and evolution of somewhat flawed, but totall [...]


    6. So, Shanghai girls ended with me screaming WHAT THE THAT S IT IT S OVER AUGH BUT WHAT S GOING TO HAPPEN So there s this book to answer the question Spoiler for Shanghai Girls, but Joy runs away to China which is the stupidest thing she could do since it s when Mao took over.Pearl goes out of her way to find her and bring her home.The only problem with this book is perhaps things resolve a bit too neatly It s why I d give it of a 3.5 The best thing about this book is learning what China was like [...]


    7. This was a phenomenal follow up to Shanghai Girls The themes leaped out at me mother daughter, sister sister, and overall family relationships tie this whole story together in the deepest of ways, and than once I teared up while listening I recently made a pretty big mistake that hurt my parents and my sister, and this turned into such a perfect read when I was searching for a way to mend things, as I listened to Joy and Pearl come back together.While Shanghai Girls saw Pearl and May growing up [...]


    8. In Shanghai Girls you read about the Japanese Invasion of China, and follow Pearl and her sister May as they try to escape China after their family unravels In order to get to America, they must go through some horrific ordeals Dreams of Joy is the continuation of this book In this book, Pearl and her daughter, Joy are the narrators Here, you read about the Chinese Great Leap Forward While not as plot driven and laced with conflict as Shanghai Girls was, this book is a fictional look into post [...]


    9. I m thrilled that there is a sequel to Shanghai Girls This looks good I can t wait to read it Just can t decide if I should buy the book or read on my Kindle If you have not read Shanghai Girls yet go get yourself a copy.This book was so good I m a little bummed out that I ve finished reading it I m not going to recap the whole plot because so many other people have done so on their reviews It s really about relationships within a family, and life in communist China during the Great Leap Forward [...]


    10. Writing a review about this excellent book is difficult I just do not want to give too much away.Joy is the daughter of May, but has been brought up by Pearl When she finds out that the two sisters have been lying to her about who is her mother and who is her father, she leaves LA to become a Chinese socialist in Mao Zedong s Peoples Republic of China PRC and find her birth father.She DOES find her birth father, Z.G Li and visits the countryside There she falls in love with a local farmer and th [...]


    11. My main complaint here was that the suspension of disbelief required for this book was a bit much I enjoyed the story once I just decided to suck it up and suspend and the description of the famine that resulted from the Great Leap Forward was heartbreaking, but overall I just couldn t get past how ridiculously improbably the entire scenario was Starting from pretty much the first page you have situations that just defy reason The only real conclusion we re left to draw as readers is that Joy is [...]


    12. Initially, I thought that having Joy and Pearl return to China was such an obvious device that I was disappointed Joy was naive, judgmental, and superficial Pearl still critical Not a great leap forward.Then, it got interesting they arrive in 1950 s China and serve as sort of tour guides through the various parts of Chinese society Vicariously, I spent time in a commune I spent time at banquets in Shanghai Most interesting.Meanwhile, quietly, the characters grow Joy becomes a fully fascinating [...]


    13. I am glad I read this one, to learn the continuing story of sisters May and Pearl, and daughter Joy, but I do not think this book was as good as the previous ones We meet up with Joy again as she has run away from home to go back to China to help build the new revolution It is the 1950s, Mao has come to power in 1949, and Joy is burning with excitement over communes, socialism, etc She soon learns that it is not all as romantic as she had thought, however, as she reunites with her birth father Z [...]


    14. On August 23, 1957, nineteen year old Joy, is a confused and upset Chinese girl Everything she thought she knew about her birth has been a lie The woman she thought was her mother was her aunt Her aunt is actually her mother, and the man she loved as her father turns out not to have been her father at all and now he s dead Her biological father is an artist from Shanghai whom both her mother and aunt have loved since before Joy was born His name is Li Zhi ge or Z.G Li Zhi ge used to paint Joy s [...]


    15. Since Dreams of Joy is the sequel to Shanghai Girls, there will be some necessary spoilers here If you haven t read Shanghai Girls, it is necessary to understand the full story there are numerous references to happenings in the first book Picking up immediately where Shanghai Girls left off, Dreams of Joy begins with Joy s distress after her father s death and the revelation that the mother she has known all her life is her aunt and her real father is somewhere in Shanghai Unable to make sense o [...]


    16. Dreams of Joy is far powerful, compelling and altogether richer than its predecessor, Shanghai Girls In that book, we followed sisters May and Pearl from their beautiful girl days in Shanghai through a perilous and life altering escape from China, a deliberately long wait on Angel Island and a new life in Chinatown Los Angeles Dreams of Joy is a mother daughter story, a story of idealism meeting reality, and the strength of familial bonds.Joy flees to China when faced with a revelatory truth To [...]


    17. This is a second in a series and I would not recommend reading it prior to reading Shanghai Girls In the first book, two young women, sisters, leave China fleeing wartime atrocities perpetrated by the invading Japanese and family tragedy to make a home in 1930 s California 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 just world for all humanity It is 1957, the start of the Great [...]


    18. Digital audiobook performed by Janet Song.This is the sequel to Shanghai Girls and any synopsis, no matter how brief, will include a spoiler for anyone who hasn t read the first book So, I m going to dispense with that, other than to say that this book really focuses on China and the results of the cultural revolution.The novel gives the reader an horrific look at the Great Leap Forward and the devastating results of grandiose ideas imposed with little practical thought The scenes of privation a [...]


    19. I enjoyed this book than Shanghai Girls I m sure there will be another to come out based on the characters.


    20. Very well written and took many twists that I was not expecting I learned a lot about Communist China that I found interesting and want to learn .


    21. Dreams of Joy Copied from my blog A Satisfying Affair Note This review contains spoilers for Shanghai Girls by Lisa See It would be difficult to avoid Shanghai Girls spoilers here, as Dreams of Joy is a sequel to that book, but I promise Dreams of Joy will not be spoiled here I have been a fan of Lisa See ever since I first read Snow Flower and the Secret Fan four years ago I ve found all of the books by her that I ve read well written and engaging, and every time I read something new from Lisa [...]


    22. American author Lisa See s Dreams Of Joy is a disappointing sequel to her previous offering, Shanghai Girls.That 2009 novel chronicled the lives of sisters Pearl and May Chin as they fled Shanghai upon its fall to the Japanese and end up in Los Angeles Chinatown In this novel, the journey is taken in reverse Joy, born of May but raised by Pearl, runs away from home and heads to China, partly due to family drama, partly because she has become involved in a communist club at college and now wants [...]


    23. Lisa See is an amazing literary voice I have read all her work and she never disappoints Her lyrical prose transports me I have never been so vividly transported to China before reading her most recent work, Dreams of Joy Dreams of Joy tells the story of Joy, a Chinese American at the the time of the inception of Mao s Great Leap Forward A heartbreaking tragedy and a family secret come to light sends Joy on a journey to China to find herself and her biological father Joy is idealistic and passio [...]


    24. If you want to read understand about China without it being helped all pun intended towards The Help along by strange, stilted orientalist notions of how it used to be in the old times, this would NOT be the book series to read.As an articulate asian from Singapore , it pains me to read such trash passing off as historic fiction filtered through what are very much western eyes doesn t matter if the writer knows Amy Tan or has See as a surname and targeted to what are clearly western notions of h [...]


    25. Dreams of Joy by Lisa SeePublisher Random HousePublished Date May 31, 2011ISBN 978 1400067121Pages 368Genre Historical Fiction Contemporary FictionRating 4.5 out of 5Book Summary In her beloved New York Times bestsellers Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, and, most recently, Shanghai Girls, Lisa See has brilliantly illuminated the potent bonds of mother love, romantic love, and love of country Now, in her most powerful novel yet, she returns to these timeless themes, continuing the s [...]


    26. I didn t like this book very much at all Mainly this was due to two issues this was picked by my book club before I had read the book preceeding this one Shanghai Girls and I really did not identify with the main main character, Joy, at all Her mother, the secondary main character, was much sympathetic to me Let me explain So this book starts out right after a huge family altercation where Joy 19 years old, of Chinese heritage, but born and raised in the U.S finds out that her mother is actuall [...]


    27. I remember the story Tao told me about the water buffalo and why it wore blinders He said the animal s suffering in this life was punishment for things it had done in a past life Now I think of a different reason To make an ox or water buffalo work so hard, it needs to be blinded and uninformed That s what the government is doing to the masses now Why Because peasants are China s true beasts of burden Still, no one blames Chairman Mao Dreams of Joy by Lisa See is a powerful book, to say the leas [...]


    28. My,oh my I have to admit that I ve often found history boring, and I never really thought I d like to read about the plight of the Chinese during the reign of Mao Tse Tung, and all that went on during the Great Leap Forward, in the PRC Peoples Republic of China However, with Ms See at the helm, the journey you make with Pearl back into Red China is unforgettable, literally.Very strongly recommend the reading of Shanghai Girls first, to get the most out of this work It was also wonderful This pic [...]


    29. Just finished this book yesterday I have to say, I was not a big fan of the first in the series, Shanghai Girls In fact, I went back to see what I rated it and was surprised to see I gave it a four I was sure I must have left a three I was not planning on reading the sequel at all, but a friend of mine had purchased the book and passed it on to me, where it has since sat on my shelf for six months until this week, where I couldn t put it down Wow The character development, the writing, and most [...]


    30. Maybe stories and memories are destined to be incomplete Lisa See, Dreams of Joy I m glad I decided to read the 2 stories together since the ending of Shanghai Girls is the beginning of Dreams of Joy It s a family saga that spans about 25 years between the two stories it begins in Shanghai moves to LA then returns to China.The first part in mostly the story of two sisters, Pearl and May, told by Pearl tbc So often, we re told that women s stories are unimportant After all, what does it matter wh [...]


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