"A lot of people wonder how Chinese parents raise such stereotypically successful kids. They wonder what Chinese parents do to produce so many math whizzes and music prodigies, what it's like inside the family, and whether they could do it too. Well, I can tell them, because I've done it...."
©2011 Amy Chua (P)2011 Bloomsbury
I really enjoyed this book. Amy Chua is a gifted comic writer, her humour is wry and her timing is perfect. She delivers one-liners and put-downs (many aimed at herself) which made me laugh out loud, especially being a mother myself and recognising many situations she describes with her daughters. I almost howled with laughter when she gets super-competitive about her dog as well. Chua is priceless, and her reading of her own memoir is flawless, her voice captivating and very ironic. How can this woman be also a professor of law? She is monstrously gifted - or just raised that way by her parents!
Heard about this book after seeing a clip of the 'controversial' author on Oprah. Having now 'read' the book I found it interesting to hear how another mother decided to bring up her daughters and the results her methods received. This book has several stories which I found myself sharing or discussing with friends so it's definitely worth a read, even though you probably won't agree with all her views.
At the end of the book you will either like or loathe Amy Chua. She tells her 'Chinese' story for Westerners, and her discipline, drive and ambition are frightening and fascinating. I didn't loathe her and although I felt desperately sorry for her children on some occasions, I do feel that she did give them gifts that they will carry with them all their lives. While I would never condone her child rearing method, it certainly made me take a good long look at my own easy going family and wonder if perhaps I should ramp up my 'Tiger Mothering' to wean my son off the ps3 so he could practice his drums more!
It is a very well written book and I particularly liked the fact that she narrates it.
I was pleasantly surprised by the book. After the media hype I expected the author unlikeable, her ideas completely absurd and the book a tedious read. Instead Amy Chuan's writing is witty, she can laugh about herself and her obsession to bring out the best in her children, her family even her dogs (if she succeeded is a different story). Although I would never force my children to practice classical music for three hours a day and cut down therefore their time for playing and recreation. I found some of her ideas worth thinking about. Especially her statement, western parents don't dare to have high expectations of their kids because they don't want to put in the time and effort that it needs to help them to fulfill the high expectations, was a bit of an eye-opener for me.
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to know more about it than the snippets we got in the media.
Story isn't as "extreme" as the media makes it sound. It's a story by a mother who is trying to do what she believes is the best for her children - it is very interesting and a fun read.
The audio is brilliant, extremely clear and easy to follow.
It's one of the best
I can't think if any other book quite like it!
Don't want to spoil it but I will just say "red square"
We'll read. Simply could not stop listening!
If you enjoy listening to the worst of American cultural values "on steroids" then go for this title. But for normal folks - this type of parenting is possibly a root cause for some of the negativity that betrays Americanism and certainly not something one can suffer listening to - don't waste your money.
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