Sette scatole colme di ricordi: lettere e disegni, fotografie e pagine di diario. È tra queste carte che ha inizio il viaggio di Amy Tan alla ricerca delle sue radici. In un memoir originale e coraggioso la scrittrice racconta il suo passato, colmo di zone d’ombra, segnato dalla sofferenza, eppure illuminato da un’insperata redenzione. Pagina dopo pagina ricostruisce una storia familiare che ha inizio nella Cina imperiale, decadente, ma ancora ricchissima di fascino. Dipana il mistero che circonda la vita di sua nonna, cortigiana nella Shanghai del primo Novecento e fonte d’ispirazione per i suoi romanzi. Indaga il rapporto conflittuale che la lega alla madre, adultera sfuggita a un matrimonio infelice. Rievoca il dolore per la morte prematura del padre e del fratello. Ma soprattutto racconta la passione profonda che l’ha condotta alla scrittura. Ogni tessera di questo mosaico contribuisce a delineare il ritratto vivido e toccante di una donna apparentemente fragile ma fortissima, di un’autrice talentuosa e fuori dagli schemi, capace di rivelare con sensibilità e umorismo il complesso rapporto che lega la finzione alla vita.
Un libro incantevole, in cui rivivono la Cina dell’Ultimo imperatore e le atmosfere di Lanterne rosse.
- ISBN: 8893817128
- Casa Editrice: Salani
- Pagine: 432
I have been reading Amy Tan's novel since I was first introduced to The Joy Luck Club when I was in high school. At the time I lacked the life experience to thoroughly enjoy her work about complex mother and daughter relationships, so over the last year I have been rereading these intricate novels.
I have enjoyed several of Amy Tan’s novels with their reflections on her Chinese heritage, on mother - daughter relationships. This is what prompted me to read her memoir which I hoped would be a look at her life, her family and the impact of these memories in her work. For the most part, this is wh Leggi tutto
My review, as well as my other thoughts on reading, also can be found on my blog . Ostensibly about Tan's origins as a writer, Where the Past Begins examines many facets of the novelist's life and career: her earliest memories, her relationship to her parents, her musical tastes, her interest in lingu Leggi tutto
3.5 rounded up. This is described as a memoir of Any Tan's childhood and writing methods, but I think it's mostly a memoir of her mother and their relationship. Like Pat Conroy and his difficult love/hate connection with his violent father that infused all his books, the same thing appears to be tru Leggi tutto
This book could easily have been titled Where a Writer Begins. Of course, I prefer the actual title and subtitle much better. Tan is courageous in what she reveals about her past and her pinging, beautiful mind. She deeply delves into her past as she pursues her sense of self and what created the wo Leggi tutto
I continue to vacillate between 3 and 5 stars on this one. It's another one of those reads that I just can't pin down. (Proust started this dilemma of indecision.) I've been a long-time fan of Amy Tan's novels, starting with The Joy Luck Club , and delighting in her works ever since, so I thought thi Leggi tutto
I have been reading Amy Tan since I was a teenager. I still have hard copies of her books on my shelf. I was annoyed the other day when I realized that somehow my copy of "The Joy Luck Club" went missing and had to go out and purchase another copy. I have been waiting for weeks now to get this copy
I attended a talk by Amy Tan when she was promoting her first book. I enjoyed her talk and reading that book. I put her on my list of authors to follow. Since that time, I have read all her books and make a point of attending her talks whenever she is in my area. This book is a memoir of her life to- Leggi tutto
Stunning and a real privilege to read. Read my full review HERE .
3.5 stars, rounded up to 4. When I first learned that I had been approved for an ARC of Amy Tan’s new memoir, I was excited, as I’ve enjoyed quite a few of Amy’s books and count The Joy Luck Club as one of my favorites. Reading the summary, I understood going into it that this would be a memoir wher Leggi tutto
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