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Amy Tan

The Opposite of Fate : Memories of a Writing Life

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Internationally bestselling novelist Amy Tan's first work of nonfiction reveals personal stories of her life and family, and of faith and fate. A "New York Times" Notable Book. Photos throughout.

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Internationally bestselling novelist Amy Tan's first work of nonfiction reveals personal stories of her life and family, and of faith and fate. A "New York Times" Notable Book. Photos throughout.Delve into the stories from Amy Tan's life that inspired bestselling novels like The Joy Luck Club and The Valley of Amazement and the new memoir, Where the Past Begins

Amy Tan has touched millions of readers with haunting and sympathetic novels of cultural complexity and profound empathy. With the same spirit and humor that characterize her acclaimed novels, she now shares her insight into her own life and how she escaped the curses of her past to make a future of her own. She takes us on a journey from her childhood of tragedy and comedy to the present day and her arrival as one of the world's best-loved novelists. Whether recalling arguments with her mother in suburban California or introducing us to the ghosts that inhabit her computer, The Opposite of Fate offers vivid portraits of choices, attitudes, charms, and luck in action--a refreshing antidote to the world-weariness and uncertainties we all face today.

Specifications

Language
English
Publisher
Penguin Publishing Group
Book Format
Paperback
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
416
Author
Amy Tan
Title
The Opposite of Fate
ISBN-13
9780142004890
Publication Date
September, 2004
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
8.00 x 5.40 x 0.90 Inches
ISBN-10
0142004898

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Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars
I never read an Amy Ta...
I never read an Amy Tan book before, but I was intrigued by her take on writing and how it works for her. I think I will now check out some of her books as I loved her way with words. It's obvious she loves language and the stories she shared about her life and how she approaches the world and writing was fascinating.
Most helpful negative review
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The book is a series o...
The book is a series of essays/stories throughout her life and about her life and writing. Although the book is extremely well written and has some interesting thoughts in it, I find Amy Tan a little full of herself and pretty pretentious when expressing her views on various subjects. There are also numerous times when she repeats stories (although this is probably because she writes the book in essay style which I didn't particularly care for). Here's a good example of a statement I found ridiculously uptight: "Many writers think sarcasm is a clever way to show intelligence. But more mature writers know that mean-spiritedness is wearying and limited in its one-dimensional point of view." What I don't understand is... since when is sarcasm used SERIOUSLY? Her view of sarcastic writing just doesn't make sense. To make a long story short (unlike the book), I finished it... and didn't struggle through it (unless by struggle you mean... disagree with what is written) and I found that I don't particularly like this writer as a person. I do however think she has a great writing style and she can clearly tell a story. If you can get over her pretentious attitude, then read it.
Most helpful positive review
Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars
I never read an Amy Ta...
I never read an Amy Tan book before, but I was intrigued by her take on writing and how it works for her. I think I will now check out some of her books as I loved her way with words. It's obvious she loves language and the stories she shared about her life and how she approaches the world and writing was fascinating.
Most helpful negative review
Average Rating:(2.0)out of 5 stars
The book is a series o...
The book is a series of essays/stories throughout her life and about her life and writing. Although the book is extremely well written and has some interesting thoughts in it, I find Amy Tan a little full of herself and pretty pretentious when expressing her views on various subjects. There are also numerous times when she repeats stories (although this is probably because she writes the book in essay style which I didn't particularly care for). Here's a good example of a statement I found ridiculously uptight: "Many writers think sarcasm is a clever way to show intelligence. But more mature writers know that mean-spiritedness is wearying and limited in its one-dimensional point of view." What I don't understand is... since when is sarcasm used SERIOUSLY? Her view of sarcastic writing just doesn't make sense. To make a long story short (unlike the book), I finished it... and didn't struggle through it (unless by struggle you mean... disagree with what is written) and I found that I don't particularly like this writer as a person. I do however think she has a great writing style and she can clearly tell a story. If you can get over her pretentious attitude, then read it.
I never read an Amy Tan book before, but I was intrigued by her take on writing and how it works for her. I think I will now check out some of her books as I loved her way with words. It's obvious she loves language and the stories she shared about her life and how she approaches the world and writing was fascinating.
The book is a series of essays/stories throughout her life and about her life and writing. Although the book is extremely well written and has some interesting thoughts in it, I find Amy Tan a little full of herself and pretty pretentious when expressing her views on various subjects. There are also numerous times when she repeats stories (although this is probably because she writes the book in essay style which I didn't particularly care for). Here's a good example of a statement I found ridiculously uptight: "Many writers think sarcasm is a clever way to show intelligence. But more mature writers know that mean-spiritedness is wearying and limited in its one-dimensional point of view." What I don't understand is... since when is sarcasm used SERIOUSLY? Her view of sarcastic writing just doesn't make sense. To make a long story short (unlike the book), I finished it... and didn't struggle through it (unless by struggle you mean... disagree with what is written) and I found that I don't particularly like this writer as a person. I do however think she has a great writing style and she can clearly tell a story. If you can get over her pretentious attitude, then read it.

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Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars

I never read an Amy Ta...

I never read an Amy Tan book before, but I was intrigued by her take on writing and how it works for her. I think I will now check out some of her books as I loved her way with words. It's obvious she loves language and the stories she shared about her life and how she approaches the world and writing was fascinating.

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A truly beautiful book...

A truly beautiful book. You could tell from many of Amy Tan's books that she had a turbulent relationship with her mother. These memoirs showed the strong love she had for the strong character who was her mother. I read this book not long after my mother died and was moved and comforted by it.

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Every book I read by A...

Every book I read by Amy Tan grows me from the inside out. I gain such undertanding of my own life through the generous sharing of her own experiences and how they have informed her life, work and art. Reading The Opposite of Fate is like being in the middle of a life transforming conversation.

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A great collection of ...

A great collection of essays for fans of Tan's work. One gains an excellent insight into growing with the mother that inspired books about fraught mother-daughter relationships, how a novel comes together, the process of turning a book into a movie, and the lifestyle of a writer. I listened to the audiobook read by the author, which added to the sense of having an informal chat and getting to know her better.

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Good discussion of the...

Good discussion of the sociopolitical debate facing "minority" writers. Does Amy Tan have a death wish or is she just a cat with 9 lives (she apparently thrives on being a daredevil)?

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