book club - Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Here's my most recent read. This book had me laughing out load several times, and nodding along thinking what a fantastic way to bring up children, controversial I know!

Battle Hymn of the TIGER MOTHER
by Amy Chua

Battle Hymn of the TIGER MOTHER by Amy Chua

My review:

Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother is a gem of a book. I would recommend it to anyone who has kids, and to those that don't - but who are interested in how a persons childhood and upbringing can have a long-lasting effect on their life (that's me). 

As a child and teenager I played the violin. I was pretty good at it by normal standards, but never really got to 'amazing' - and now I know the reason why. I didn't have a parent that drilled me every day for hours, wrote practice notes, or forced me to practice on family holidays. 

Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother is Amy Chua's story of bringing up her two daughters in America, but in the traditional Chinese sense, which included daily music practice, drilling of home work and never really having a break by the sounds of things. It didn't include sleep-overs, pets or anything fun. Amy's first daughter Sophia responded well to the routine, but her second daughter Lulu didn't - and thus here's the story.

As I said above, this book had me laughing out loud at various points, particularly the conversation Amy has with Lulu about a certain violin cadenza and something Amy had wanted for a very long time.

Read it! It's great. It's controversial. You'll more than likely have an opinion, which I believe is the sign of a good book. I've definitely picked up some tips around discipline and hard-work that I hope to some day pass on.

If you want to know more about Amy Chua you can also take a look at her website:

4/5 claire stars

Want to know what else I've read? Here's my reading list:
  1. if nobody speaks of remarkable things by Jon McGregor. 3/5 claire stars
  2. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. 4/5 claire stars

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  1. Nice review. Put it on my to-read list :)

    1. Thanks Lera. Let me know what you think once you've read it. Claire xx

  2. I thought that book was hilarious! But I also found myself agreeing with her an awful lot... uh oh!