Very enjoyable book. The 3rd book in this series I have read. Love the main characters and learning about their hardships, determination and family bonds. Time in the Mao made country side brought me down as I have read about these atrocities in other books and history. Can't help but think of the lies are own Pres is trying to convince people to believe and the media factions that falsifies info too... seems a dangerous time here in US. Seems we don't learn from the past well enough. Hope "good and intelligence" will continue to win. Lisa See gives us hope.
Amazing. Absolutely breathtaking. I could not put this book down and when I realized it was coming to a close, I slowly began to feel as though I was saying farewell to my now-displaced friends. I am just now reading "Shanghai Girls" - another of Lisa See's proudly acclaimed novels - not realizing that it was the predecessor to "Dreams of Joy."
Despite reading the two in opposing order, knowing what I now have learned and adapted to See's writing and illusionary style, I am making connects and reflecting back on the character's now-independent choices and how they have resulted in "Dreams of Joy."
Pearl races to rescue Joy who has foolishly run away to Red China to join the Cultural Revolution. I will never forget about her subsequent life on the commune and the unbelievable things that were done in the so-called 'Great Leap Forward' - like breaking glass into the soil that everyone tilled in their (practically) bare feet. I felt so badly for the animals and peasants who couldn't understand any of it...mostly I wanted to turn Joy over my knee and spank her for being a spoiled brat but you do come to sympathize and eventually feel very sorry for her and of course May and Pearl are my true loves from Shanghai Girls. Just an extraordinary novel.
Enjoyed this book a lot. Loved the characters and the story was very historic at the same time. Very interesting all the things that were going on at the time in China. I learned a lot of history too. Loved the ending, I could not put it down.
This book must be read after Shanghai Girls. It took me a little bit longer to get into, but once I did the story was engrossing. Had a hard time putting it down just like Shanghai Girls. Loved it.
Lee returns to the story of sisters Pearl and May from her novel “Shanghai Girls” and introduces Pearl’s strong willed nineteen year old daughter Joy. This beautifully crafted novel takes place during China’s tumultuous Cultural Revolution. Joy who was born in California returns to China to find her birth father. She falls in love with a native Chinese man and is living in a commune in rural China. Pearl journeys to China to find her daughter to convince her to return to the United States. See crafts a compelling picture of the struggles of the Chinese people during this difficult time in their history.
The bond of family love and sacrifices that a mother will undertake for her daughter are woven into this compelling tale. Appeal factors are strong character development and compelling historical details make this an excellent read.
If you liked Shanghai Girls or any of Lisa See's other books you will love this one. A very good story.
This book is amazing and it is easy to read
I maybe a little jaded, but it had a happy ending. It was a great read otherwise. The book and the previous one would make a good miniseries.
I enjoyed this book, especially when the pace quickened during the last fourth of the book. I did not know much about Communist China and will never forget what Joy and Pearl experienced.
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