Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother Paperback – 2 Feb 2012
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'Blissfully funny' (India Knight, Sunday Times)
When an entire nation reacts so strongly to something you know you have hit a nerve. And Amy did ... she should be applauded for raising these issues with a thoughtful, humorous and authentic voice (Sheryl Sandberg (author of LEAN IN), Time magazine's '100 most influential people in the world')
'Millions of British children could use a Tiger Mother in their tank' (Allison Pearson, Daily Telegraph)
'A treat from first to last: ruefully funny, endlessly self-deprecating, riven with ironies .. I relished this memoir' (Independent)
'Entertaining, bracingly honest and, yes, thought-provoking' (New York Times)
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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.
The book is still controversial and I think it will always remain so because how a mother raises her child is a very personal and private issue, no one can tell you how to do it, you just use trial and error unfortunately. The key issue being the fact that every child is unique!