Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother – Amy Chua
I read this book a long long ago. When I looked for reviews, I found that it had more criticism than positive reviews. I wanted to see for myself what it is. So I went ahead and picked it up.
The author Amy Chua is an American lawyer and author. Her bestseller book Battle Hymn of The Tiger Mother is a humorous account of her parenting journey. A few incidents are quite touching though. Amy has two daughters Sophia and Louisa, who are poles apart in nature. While her elder daughter Sophia is the ever obedient and ‘respectful’ daughter, the younger one Louisa ‘Lulu’ is a rebel who refuses to give in to Amy’s draconian parenting style. Both the girls are extremely talented. While friends and those outside of the family admire and think of them as the ideal, super talented mother-daughter team, this book highlights the ‘struggles’ of the mother (in a humorous way) to make them ‘successful’ and super-achieving.
My thoughts about the book –
First impression from the first thirty pages or so – how can someone brag so much about herself! As I was progressing through the book, I realized she isn’t exactly bragging, but she’s actually making fun of herself, her parenting style and how she always goes overboard with pushing her daughters to meet her expectations (or their potential, I can’t make up my mind what to call it). The book did make me laugh, especially the part where she accuses her husband of not having any dreams for their pet dog Coco. Also, there are lots of instances where she does admit that her parenting style is definitely extreme which made things really difficult for her kids and husband. At the same time, there are certain parts in the book wherein I feel she is trying to justify her Draconian parenting style.
As much as I admire her dedication and drive to ‘help’ her daughters achieve their potential, I do not agree with her parenting style. It is definitely way too extreme. Having said that, I would also like to add, it is NOT a parenting book. Its just a memoir. So, its best to read it once, laugh over it and forget about it. It’s not a ‘must-read’. Its an ‘okay-you-can-read-it-once’ book and have a good laugh and have something to discuss about.
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