Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua – Review

Battle hymn of the tiger motherBattle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua
Age: Adult
Genre: Memoir / Parenting
Source: My Copy
Publisher: Penguin Press, 2011
ISBN: 9781594202841 / 236 pages
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In this highly controversial memoir about raising two musical prodigies, Amy Chau debunks Chinese parenting myths as she explains her implementations of a rather harsh method of parenting.

There has been so much about this book on the blogs and in the news, I’m not sure my review is going to add anything new to the conversation. I agree, I found Chua’s parenting methods to be extreme and incredibly baffling. She lacks any sense of empathy when it comes to her children. It’s evident that she wants her children to succeed and always put in 100%, but it was never clear if this effort was for their benefit or for hers.

Chua leads very extravagant and rich lifestyle. If you can’t connect with her on a parental level, then you definitely won’t connect on a financial or basic human level. I’m not sure what I found more bizarre, her methods or her justifications for her methods. I think the latter. I found her writing style to be at times funny, at times shocking, but overall, dull. Her writing style seems to be just like her personality: fast-paced, no depth and very little personality.

I don’t think this book is meant to be a how-to parenting guide, but it is a humorous memoir. I found Lulu’s rebellious personality engaging, and I found both her and her sister’s accomplishments to be mind-boggling, but then when you practice for hours and hours each day, even on vacation, how can you not become a prodigy?

2 responses to “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua – Review

  1. Chua is a Yale law school professor, and I wonder if her writing style tends toward the academic, even when she is writing a pop memoir. This book does not hold much appeal for me, but I have another of her books, published in 2007, Day of Empire: How Hyperpowers Rise to Global Dominance – and Why They Fall. I keep meaning to read it.

    • I’m curious about her other books as well. I think it’ll probably be a better read since the focus won’t be on herself…

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