“Reading in class” – Preparations

Aravind Adiga is an author and journalist born and raised in India. He studied at Columbia University in New York and Magdalen college in Oxford. He worked as a finance journalist in the beginning and has been published by Financial Times, Money and The Wall Street Journal. In February 2003 he did an interview for Money magazine with the newly elected president of the United States Donald Trump. He later began working as a freelance journalist and wrote the book White Tiger. He won the Man Booker Prize in 2008 for that book. Despite his success in America, he now lives in Mumbai in his home country India.

After reading about Aravind Adiga I found him really interesting because he knows so much about economy and finance. I was first sure that I wanted to read the joy luck club, but after doing research on Aravind I’m convinced that I want to read the White Tiger. The book takes place in a poor village in India, where we meet Balram Halwai, a young Indian man. He gets a job as a private driver for a rich family with connections directly to the Indian government.

  • Sara Emilie

Amy Tan is an american successful author who often writes books about mother-daughter-relations based on her own personal experiences.

Amy’s parents were both from China, but immigrated to the United States before she was born. Her father had fled from revolution in China, and her mother ran away from wife abuse from her earlier husband and had to leave her three children behind.

When Amy was 15, her father and older brother died of cancer the same year. Amy’s mother believed the whole family was cursed and took the children and left the country. The Tan family ended up in Switzerland. Amy got a boyfriend who was psychiatrically suicidal, and she got arrested for drugs when she was 16. Luckily she got away with only a warning. She started to studying in Switzerland and began writing novels when she was 33 years old. She met her husband on a blind date in 1970, and they have been together ever since. Her first book was a collection of short stories called The Joy Luck Club, and includes a lot of personal experiences.

I decided to read The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan, because I was really amazed by the author’s background story. Considering that, I would really like to read a book that is based on her experiences and the people around her. The book is about four chinese women, who call themselves The Joy Luck Club. They have immigrated to San Francisco and are introduced to a new life full of both possibilities and difficulties.  The book focuses on cultural differences, and the process of adjusting to a brand new culture.

  • Sara Ulla



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