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Much of Tan's work draws on the lives of her family and her work is often considered to be to some extent autobiographical. I was a speech and language specialist, just as Pearl was. And my father died when I was But the most striking similarity San Francisco, the primary location used in the early chapters of the novel, has a significant Chinese-American population, [n 1] with a significant proportion having moved during and following World War II, as Pearl's mother did, when restrictions on numbers were relaxed.
The second part of the novel takes place in lead up to and during World War II, focusing on the lives of Chinese women under the Japanese occupation of China and the brutality inflicted on them by the occupying forces. Pearl's mother, Winnie Louie, has called her to request that she and her family come to San Francisco, to attend the engagement party of Bao-Bao, her cousin. Later, Pearl receives another call from her mother telling her that her elderly Auntie Du has died, with her funeral being arranged for the day following Bao-Bao's party.
Upon her arrival in San Francisco, her Auntie Helen makes a demand: Helen adds that if Pearl will not tell the truth, she will do it herself. Afterwards, Helen has a similar conversation with Winnie, telling her that she must reveal the truth of her past to Pearl. At this point the novel switches to the narrative voice of Winnie Louie, telling the story of her past.
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Before reaching the United States, Winnie experience a life of turmoil and suffering: She was forced to live with her uncle and his two wives, never feeling as loved as her uncle's daughter, Peanut. Nevertheless, when the time came, Winnie's aunts arranged a traditional marriage for her, and her father provided a large dowry, since he was an educated and well-established man.
The marriage to Wen Fu, who first courted Peanut but transferred his attentions to Winnie when he learned of her father's wealth, turned out to be a disaster. Winnie suffered physical and mental abuse at the hands of her husband, losing many children along the way. Throughout her marriage, Winnie does many things behind the scenes that her husband takes credit for, and she likens her situation to a Chinese fable about a man who was horrible to his wife no matter how much she did for him, and yet still became known as "the Kitchen God ".
It was during the war that Winnie met Jimmy Louie, Pearl's father; He was a good husband, a good father, and a minister in the Chinese Baptist Church, but he died when Pearl was a teenager, a time when Pearl became very angry. The two fell in love and he began to help escape her abusive marriage.
In order to gain a divorce, the paper has to be signed by two witnesses and Grand Auntie Du and Helen agreed to sign. Wen-Fu had previously ripped up the papers from her first attempt, and Winnie went to him again to get the papers signed.
At this second meeting Wen Fu raped her. Winnie explains that she has always tried to love Pearl more because she thought she might have been Wen-Fu's daughter. After Winnie tells her story, Pearl reveals the secret of her disease.
By the time the wedding of Bao-Bao comes around, mother and daughter have come to know each other better. Winnie goes into a local shop finds an altar with an unnamed goddess. The shopkeeper gives it to her for half price because it is considered bad luck. Winnie names it "Lady Sorrowfree" the wife of the Kitchen god, who has endured all, received no credit for the work she has done, and is still strong.
At the end of the novel, Helen reveals that she is planning a trip to China, with Pearl, and Winnie. The title is a reference to the forgotten wife of Zao Jun, or the Kitchen God, a figure whose story is similar to that of the novel's co-protagonist, Winnie.
When his wife left him, Zao turned to begging.
Chancing upon his wife whilst begging, he is wracked by guilt and throws himself into the fire as recompense. As a reward for his courage in admitting his wrongdoing, the Jade Emperor made him into a god. Tan equates Zao to Weng Fu and Winnie to the mistreated and forgotten wife. I found this push and pull so real. You want good things for your friends, but you never want them to be too successful or too happy. LOL Another great character was Auntie Du, who is an older woman with no husband he died and no money.
But she turns out to be this lovely hero, whom I just wanted to hug.
What a great character! Tan takes you a different world and a different culture, but makes it familiar simply by introducing you to these fascinating and flawed women. Problems I had with this book were the slow parts.
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Then, behold, they brought bowls of silver wherein was water to wash, and towels of linen, some green and some white; and I washed. And in a little while the man sat down to the table. And I sat next to him, and below me sat all the maidens, except those who waited on us. And the table was of silver, and the cloths upon the table were of linen; and no vessel was served upon the table that was not either of gold or of silver, or of buffalo-horn.
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