Saving Fish from Drowning

San Francisco art patron Bibi Chen has planned a journey of the senses along the famed Burma Road for eleven lucky friends. But after her mysterious death, Bibi watches aghast from her ghostly perch as the travelers veer off her itinerary and embark on a trail paved with cultural gaffes and tribal curses, Buddhist illusions and romantic desires. On Christmas morning, the tourists cruise across a misty lake and disappear.

With picaresque characters and mesmerizing imagery, Saving Fish from Drowning ives us a voice as idiosyncratic, sharp, and affectionate as the mothers of Joy Luck Club. Bibi is the observant eye of human nature–the witness of good intentions and bad outcomes, of desperate souls and those who inten to save them. In the nd, Tan takes her readers to that place in their own heart where hope is found.
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Saving Fish from Drowning: A Novel
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Published September 26th 2006 by Ballantine Books (first published 2005

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There is an anonymous quote in the reface that reads, " A pious man explained to his followers: " It is evil to take lives and noble to save them.

Each day I pledge to save a hundred lives.

With the money I receive, I buy more nets so I an save more fishes. " his book has been jostling around with me for the past ear.

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At one point the narrator recount the difficulty of writing thi memoi about the troubled world of Burma that will actually appeal to readers.

ust as tourists hear about the injustice committed by the military government and then forget about them in an isolated resort, readers hear horrible tales of murder and torture, only to have them buried in silly scenes like the visit to the temple in China, where the tourists conduct themselves in with shockingly bad behavior.

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Having read ll of Amy Tan ’ s books, I expected good writing, serious cultural and gender themes, and disturbing realities.

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Saving Fish from Drowning was outside of her voice and style, and unlike her previous novels, it took me forever to get into it.

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It just does n't fit smoothly into any one category, not quit the category of Amy Tan novels.

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To keep writing novels.

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I coul see some of the reviewers points, but overall, I definitely enjoyed this novel.This is definitely a departure from Tan 's normal novels about the interaction between Chinese-born mothers and their Chinese-American daughters.

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It seems after the first group read it they wil have warned others away ... I 'd get into the plot, but why bother?

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