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The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life (original 2003; udgave 2004)

af Amy Tan

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"Born into a family who believed in fate, Amy Tan has always looked for alternative ways to make sense of the world. And now, in The Opposite of Fate, her first book of nonfiction, she shares her thoughts on how she escaped the expectations and curses of her past, and created her own destiny." "Amy Tan tells of her family, of the ghosts that inhabit her computer, of specters of illness, ski trips, the pliability of memory, rock and roll, and the twinned mysteries of faith and fate. Whether she is remembering arguments with her mother in suburban California, recounting trips to an outdoor market in Shanghai, or describing her love-hate relationship with the CliffsNotes edition of her first book, The Joy Luck Club, her recollections offer an intimate glimpse of a bestselling writer whose own life story is as magical and hopeful as her fiction."--BOOK JACKET.… (mere)
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Titel:The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life
Forfattere:Amy Tan
Info:Penguin (Non-Classics) (2004), Paperback, 416 pages
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The Opposite of Fate: a book of musings af Amy Tan (2003)

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This is a great way to write your memoirs. Stories about her books and her life are wonderful. ( )
  hootowl1978 | May 4, 2021 |
This is a book of essays regarding Tan's life and writing process. There are some truly poignant essays about being a writer. Ultimately, though, most of the essays, including "Mother Tongue" (a staple of the Comp. I program at my PhD institution, which inspired mediocre, if not racist, essays from the white students), are just okay. ( )
  DrFuriosa | Dec 4, 2020 |
Entertaining, enlightening, and an easy, comfortable read.

Amy Tan covers every stage of her life, with evocative imagery, people from movie stars (not too much of that) to a sometimes-crazy mother, loss of her brother and father to cancer, her experiences writing her first work and writing for Hollywood.

She covers her more recent Lyme disease issues and generally gives me the kind of insight and access to her life that Joy Luck Club gave me to her general experience.

Well worth the read and it reinvigorated my desire to read more of her fiction! ( )
  James_Patrick_Joyce | Oct 24, 2020 |
The kind of book that makes me wish I could just hang out with Amy Tan. I really like her books -- and she is interesting in her non-fiction way, too. ( )
  SMBrick | Feb 25, 2018 |
Tan's mother pronounced the word "faith" as "fate"--a misunderstanding that Tan didn't disentangle until she was an adult. I don't think of faith as being the opposite of fate exactly, but I can see that the former contains the idea of hope, which is central to Tan's philosophy (for lack of a better word) and is thus also a part of Tan's evolution as a daughter and a writer.The essays are mostly not written for this book specifically, but were written for various talks, awards, and the like over time and so the book is a patchwork. Parts were a bit too "aren't I somebody?" for my taste, but I there is an aspect to those bits of wonder -- Tan's own amazement that she's done so well seems genuine enough, however I hastened over those bits. I'm interested in her life as a writer more than her skiing or her time in an amusing literary rock band. One chapter stood out for me -- about the self-policing now in fashion (because it is a fashion and nothing else)n that you have to stick in your own ethnic milieu or you are trespassing. She writes, on this subject of "ethnic authority" : "It's as though a new and more insidious form of censorship has crept into the fold, winning followers by wearing the cloak of good intentions and ethnic correctness." While conceding that the effort;s basis, to correct the stereotyping of the past, she continues that her objection has to do with whether literature must serve as the cart and horse that hauls away human ills." This one essay made the book worthwhile to me. Whatever happened to the idea of trying to enter into someone else's skin to better understand them, Wordsworth's negative capability, or more simply put empathy? Tan writes well and can tell a great ghost story (of which she has more than one in her own life) and so it was a pleasant read but not stellar. *** ( )
  sibylline | Dec 21, 2017 |
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"Born into a family who believed in fate, Amy Tan has always looked for alternative ways to make sense of the world. And now, in The Opposite of Fate, her first book of nonfiction, she shares her thoughts on how she escaped the expectations and curses of her past, and created her own destiny." "Amy Tan tells of her family, of the ghosts that inhabit her computer, of specters of illness, ski trips, the pliability of memory, rock and roll, and the twinned mysteries of faith and fate. Whether she is remembering arguments with her mother in suburban California, recounting trips to an outdoor market in Shanghai, or describing her love-hate relationship with the CliffsNotes edition of her first book, The Joy Luck Club, her recollections offer an intimate glimpse of a bestselling writer whose own life story is as magical and hopeful as her fiction."--BOOK JACKET.

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