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In Her Most Powerful Novel Yet, Acclaimed Author Lisa See Returns To 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, Joy Runs Away To Shanghai In Early To Find Her Birth Father The Artist ZG 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

10 thoughts on “Dreams of Joy

  1. says:

    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 ideology as a mere spectator from the other side of the fence Only if Joy was a little tolerant to her mother s woes or educated on Mao s New China, life could have had been less turbulent and death would not lurk on her doorstep.Shanghai Girls the prequel to this novel ends on a somewhat bitter note with Joy finding out the truth about her parental lineage and Pearl s husband committing suicide with its guilt embedded deep down in Joy s heart Life in Los Angeles Chinatown was even confusing and undesirable , when Joy finds out that Pearl is not her biological mother and her father may be residing in China in all its likelihood A rambunctious Joy eventually flees from her home and ends up in China where she meets Z.G her biological father and with him she travels through the countryside as an apprentice to Z.G s cultural painting lessons as a part of a system carved by Mao to induce liberal arts to ordinary Chinese folks During, one such excursion, Joy meets an illiterate village bumpkin Tao and then in a juvenile aggression of love marries him Still highly oblivious to the discrepancies of governing functions in mainland China and the countryside authorities, Joy finds herself on the centre stage playing a chaotic part in Mao s economical sputnik The Great Leap Forward banishing all the idealistic aspect of communism that Joy once nourished as a college student in Chicago.I have read Frank Dik tter s commendable book on The Great Leap Forward and the curse that followed Mao s economic revolution The famine that struck the core of China s agricultural composition brought in vast number of diseases, unimaginable suffrage through hunger and death loomed in every household Lisa justly elucidates this tragedy that caused nearly 60 million deaths, highlighting the cannibalistic measures adopted by the famished farmers where infants were swapped by neighboring families for maintaining lack of guilt when the babies would be used as meal options Excelling on her forte of Chinese women and their battles with the conventional norms Lisa See once again precisely highlights the second class treatment bestowed on Chinese women regardless the cultural progress.Joy s journey through the two parallel worlds illuminates her ferocious personality as she was born in the Year of the Tiger just like Pearl was meant to be a Dragon of great strength and clemency Unlike in the earlier volume, the narration is spilt through the words of Pearl and Joy herself revealing Pearl s apprehension in seeking happiness while letting go of her traumatic past and Joy s realization of her true belonging through a harrowing present.Lisa See illustrates the beginning of a liberating end of betrayals, trepidations, nightmarish chaos of self identification and the hypocrisy that highlights in every edifying phase of survival Lisa s books are always a delight to read and have been applauded through my numerous comprehensions Contrasting many reviews, this is not a coming of age story it s a passage of a young woman who chases happiness among revulsion realizing the rainbow that she gazed at was just a watery monochromatic painting of horror.Moral of the story Listen to your mother, although not frequently Otherwise you could miss out on some remarkable books.

  2. says:

    Beautiful, beautiful bookand 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 can, all she hears about the new China, and juxtaposing that against her disillusionment with her life, she runs off to participate in Mao s Great Leap Forward , with profound consequences for all.Joy is as annoying as any know it all college kid, but also as lovable and sympathetic Pearl and Mae are completely believable and fully dimensional, as are all characters right down to the most peripheral See gives an in depth look at a variety of lives, both in the US and in China, and at the global changes wrought by Maoist politics The story of Joy s marriage and village life are so deeply disturbing that I had to stop reading, having forgotten the utter desperation and extreme poverty caused by the Great Leap forward and the famine Horrors are in plentiful supply, but not used gratuitously, lest we forget, which I had.See neatly ties up the threads of the story, but not in a trite or cloying way Overall a very satisfying read and quite a re education.

  3. says:

    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 goodreads giveaway.But I was also a little nervous I knew I had to write a review of a writer I than respect and admire What if But to my great relief, I loved Dreams of Joy It does not disappoint In fact, it may well be her best novel so far It is the continuation of See s novel Shanghai Girls, the story of the relationship and journeys of sisters May and Pearl.Briefly, Pearl and May escape from China after having been traumatized by events during the war between China and Japan They come to America to begin fresh They are children running of the past to create, as so many others have and continue to, a new life in a new country.They grow up and Pearl has a daughter, Joy Dreams of Joy is her story I won t write about the family because their story is the complicated heart of this story.I will say that Joy, reversing the journey of her mother, leaves America and goes to China out of an idealistic wish to be a part of the people s movement there She also has other, personal, motives.The time is 1958 Joy is about to learn the difference between idealistic dreams and the sometimes horribly harsh reality that is caused by forcing their embodiment in people s lives As most of us know, Chairman Mao s Great Leap was not the great freedom for the masses that at least some of us, like Lisa, believed was happening at the time.The book appears to be meticulously researched This is the way I like to learn history through stories of how people lived it We watch Lisa grow up fast Lisa is not a perfect person but she is a beautifully realized her Through her, her experiences, and her relationships we learn about a dark period in Chinese history and about how a young, somewhat self centered, girl becomes a woman.Once again, See s writing is beautiful clean and straightforward, beautifully balanced and always serving her story The characters are engaging and the backstory the history of a continent is fascinating And, again as always, See is interested not only in individuals on their own, but people interacting with others, with depictions of the complications and commitments of family love and life and the interactions between these people and the society they live in.See may be one of the great writers of people and their times, of the effect history has on individuals and the impact individuals have on each other.I strongly urge everyone to read this book.

  4. says:

    I wanted to share this review because Ms See has a new book coming out in March, I m hoping it will be a great one This is the follow up to Ms See s Shanghi Girls At the start of the story Joy learns the secret that her aunt is her true biological mother She is angry and defiant and ha also been keeping company with idealists who believe that the New China sounds like a great idea.Joy actually goes to China to find her father and in doing so gives up her US citizenship She throws herself into the New Society heedless of the dangers in the communist regime Her father is a famous artist and has been allowed to continue to paint as long as he paints only what the new regime wants him to Joy goes with him to the countryside and lives in a small hut, works in the fields and tries to fit in.Her aunt, who raised Joy is devastated by her flight and terrified for her safety She also goes to China, Shanghai, where she grew up She faces old demons and almost insurmountable challenges as she follows Joy As Joy and Pearl s separate journeys converge one of the most tragic episodes in China s history threatens their lives.I really enjoyed this book, than Shanghai Girls I found the telling of what actually went on in China during Mao s leadership taught me many things that I did not know Ms See s writing is very good and wonderfully descriptive I found the story interesting with lots of twists and turns to keep my interest I would recommend this book, especially for anyone who has read Shanghai Girls Another great book from Lisa See An all time favorite of mine

  5. says:

    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 totally believable characters My highest recommendation at least 5 stars throughout The audio rendition was fabulous I agree with the reader who said she would give it 10 stars if it were possible.

  6. says:

    Dreams of Joy is Lisa See s sequel to Shanghai Girls, but that isn t really what it isit 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 the characters comes from Scarlett s efforts to rebuild her lost worldthe second half is the crux That is how I feel about what Dreams of Joy is to Shanghai Girls This was a powerful novel with an in depth look at life inside Communist China in the early days of Mao It is also a serious examination of love love of country, love of family, love of a mother, love of a lover, and what it is to sacrifice for each of those loves It was interesting to see the growth of these characters over the course of the books, especially Pearl, who has to deal with her role as a mother and a sister in ways that she never expected to, and in doing so is forced to see herself in a clearer light than is comfortable Taken together, Shanghai Girls and Dreams of Joy are a great reading experience They reach a level that neither of them could achieve alone I was vaguely disappointed at the end of Shanghai Girls, but that was completely erased upon reading Dreams of Joy I will now feel good about reading Lisa See s other books I still won t rate her quite up there with Amy Tan s early work, but she comes closer than I had thought.

  7. says:

    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 under Mao for peasants and city folk alike.It was no dinner party, that s for sure It was horrible The Great Leap Forward claimed millions of lives, all from starvation See shows how some even resorted to cannibalism they were so desperate for food.All I can say is be glad you weren t around back then and try not to complain about your lack of freedom in this day and age and country when you can at least leave your town whenever you want to The book in terms of things like that is well researched It s horrible for innocent and naive Joy to go through all of this and have her idealism smacked out of her.Read it again This book is good, but the only problem with it is things wrap up a bit too neatly, but considering how much misery Joy, May and Pearl endured maybe they deserved a nice happy ending It s not realistic in the sense that they d probably have problems getting all of these people into America including an artist who did propaganda posters, a small boy and a random Chinese dude, not to mention the baby And Joy got RID of her passport too But dang it These people have gone through enough May deserves to get with ZG after years of being separated from him and having to marry a teenage boy It doesn t matter that he was developmentally disabled, he really was a nice person Pearl deserves to be with a nice man like Dun and have an adopted son and her daughter and granddaughter back alive And Joy deserves to paint beautiful pictures and appreciate both of her mothers and their sacrifices for her She learned a lot about life and I just want them all to be happy so do NOT write a sequel, Lisa See and make them all miserable again because, they really have suffered enough I want to give these people cookies and genuine Chinese food 8 27 2015Read this again Teenagers need to be locked in a tower and not let out because they are not very bright and think they know EVERYTHING Also, there s a HUGE continuity error that needs to be fixed Pearl had a hysterectomy in the last book and shouldn t be able to have periods any Other than that, it s still very good and really lets you know how terrible Mao was and how much his policies made people suffer, starve and die Not to mention eat children.

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    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 conflict China Lisa See highlights once again, the turmoil that women and children face in post conflict, misogynistic societies It is raw as it is fluid, and though you can tell that the words and scenes are cushioned a bit in this book, the description of the scenery still remains vivid and authentic as it should be if one is to reveal real world events to the masses So many historical facts abound here, at the core, the story of a mother and daughter trying to reconcile their relationship Joy though, had the makings of an unreliable narrator and her relationship to Pearl, seemed like a continuation of Pearl s relationship to May Unlike the authenticity I felt from Pearl and her mom s story, this seemed a bit contrived as Joy seemed to do things that didn t seem to go with a smart, nineteen year old American college student who had studied Communism and was raised by immigrant parents who always talked about it Even as she saw some things with her own eyes, she remained unconvinced I saw that frustrating at times There were moments during the plot, where the setup to the tension revealed everything before it happened Some things were so plain to see that you wondered why Joy wasn t seeing them At times, I yearned for depth to some internal plots, but what I really took away was the wealth of information This was one heavily researched book.Could you read this without reading the first book Sure, you wouldn t be confused I wouldn t recommend you do that though because the first book in this series adds depth to the story 3.5 stars because I meandered between a 3 and 4 for this one

  9. says:

    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 and living their lives through the late 30s and into the 50s, Dreams of Joy follows Joy back into what is now Mao s Red China in the late 50s The research is again impeccable, the descriptions are intimate, and each of the characters are their own person We come in contact with several old friends and some new ones too Joy makes mistakes, learns, and grows, as does Pearl May takes a little bit of a backseat but remains close to the action via her letters to her sister.The ending was everything I wanted it to be I actually tweeted the author several times while reading because the book had me so on edge and I was terrified of it not ending positively so many stories during the Great Leap Forward didn t Again looking forward to my next Lisa See book

  10. says:

    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 just plain stupid, except clearly we re not supposed to think that We re supposed to think she s just young and idealistic and so in love with Tao from the village and as a result has abandoned all logic She makes a series of startlingly bad decisions and she has help making these decisions For some reason nothing no one stops her and yet things still turn out a ok Lisa See ultimately spends so much time writing around this overseas returnee premise, piling unlikely scenario upon unlikely scenario, that it almost ruined the book for me The other major flaw with this book is that if you haven t read Shanghai Girls it won t make any sense I feel like Lisa See must have just been really attached to her characters and not ready to let them go, but this book would have been so much better if she s just written a new book about the Great Leap Forward with new characters and without the whole return to the motherland premise The most interesting characters in the book are the villagers, they re the ones with a real story to tell, not the spoiled 19 year old who thinks it ll be fun to play at revolution for a few years and has the inevitable rude awakening.