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Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother Hardcover – 10 Jan 2011
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`One of the most controversial books of 2011' --Guardian
`If you think you are ambitious for your child, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother will make you think again ... Amy Chua's philosophy of child-rearing may be harsh and not for the fainthearted, but ask yourself this: is it really more cruel than the laissez-faire indifference and babysitting-by-TV which too often passes for parenting these days? Millions of failing British children could use a Tiger Mother in their tank' --Allison Pearson, Daily Telegraph
`Blissfully funny ... The book, for all its hilarious/hair-raising insights into how to raise terrifyingly over-accomplished children, strikes me as ultimately being not so much about parenting methods as about the immigrant experience, though the two are of course inextricably intertwined ... Chua remains a second-generation immigrant who wants the best for her children. It is not hard to understand if you know the milieu, and not hard either to feel a sneaking admiration for her' --India Knight, Sunday Times
`Could it be that much of the laissez-faire parenting of the modern West uses the idea of enlightened liberality to give an intellectual justification for what is actually a form of laziness? ... If it's results you want, then the Chinese mother does indeed know best' --Dominic Lawson, Independent
`Her tale is compelling in the same way as a good thriller'
`[Chua's] exhortations for perfection struck a little chord in me ... Ever since reading about her I've decided to become a little bit harder, and that's a good thing. I will polish those rough diamonds of mine' --Adam Brophy, Irish Times
`[An] alternately terrifying and amusing account of how a hyper-achieving Chinese mother in America raised her children to be accomplished musicians, mathematicians and linguists by yelling at them 24 hours a day. Dammit, her kids look happy too' --Martin Ivens, Sunday Times
`And for all its quotable outbursts from Mama Grisly (the nickname was inevitable), it will gratify the same people who made a hit out of the granola-hearted Eat Pray Love ... [a] slickly well-shaped story' --Janet Masun, New York Times
`So I'm not against the way Chua pushes her daughters. And I loved her book as a courageous and thought-provoking read. It's also more supple than her critics let on'
--David Brooks, New York Times
Witty, entertaining and provocative, this is a unique and important memoir that will transform your perspective of parenting foreverSee all Product description
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The book apparently faced strong criticism in the USA for advocating domineering parenting styles, however I attribute this to a misunderstanding of the author's self-effacing humour and irony which no doubt a UK audience understands better (my humble opinion as a dual citizen!).
One thing Amy Chua totally missed (including her Yale university professor husband, her super smart daughters, friends and colleagues, and amazing editor) is that Sophia isn't an English name, but Greek. This is so not good enough of you, Amy! Take the book back, you can do so much better... Or are you American after all???
Not great literature but well-written and very easy to access. Went on a bit too much about her daughters' music tuition for me.
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