Saving Fish From Drowning

by Amy Tan | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 000723211x Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingApoloniaXwing of Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin Germany on 8/27/2009
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Journal Entry 1 by wingApoloniaXwing from Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin Germany on Thursday, August 27, 2009
I picked up three copies of this book recently - one for me to keep and two for BC....

"Amy Tan (Chinese: 譚恩美; pinyin: Tán Enmei) (born February 19, 1952) is an American writer of Chinese descent whose works explore mother-daughter relationships. In 1993, Tan's adaptation of her most popular fiction work, The Joy Luck Club, became a commercially successful film.
Tan has written several other books, including The Kitchen God's Wife, The Hundred Secret Senses, and The Bonesetter's Daughter, and a collection of non-fiction essays entitled The Opposite of Fate: A Book of Musings. Her most recent book, Saving Fish From Drowning, explores the tribulations experienced by a group of people who disappear while on an art expedition in the jungles of Burma.
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The book opens with an article from the San Francisco Chronicle, stating that eleven tourists, including four men, five women, and two children have mysteriously vanished in Burma, after sailing away on a cruise on Christmas morning.
From then on, the story is told through the omniscient first person narrative of Bibi Chen, the tour leader who unexpectedly dies before the trip takes place and who continues to watch over her friends as they journey towards their fate.
The novel explores the relationships, insecurities and hidden strengths of the tourists, set against the uneasy political situation in Burma." (Wikipedia)
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ETA. In the meantime I finally got around to reading my own copy of this novel.
I find it hard to explain how I liked this novel. I was glad it wasn’t another mother-daughter story, Amy Tan has really explored that territory.
The tale of the group of US-Americans was the part I didn’t enjoy, I didn’t like the gossipy tone and the spoilt, ignorant and complacent characters. But there are good descriptions of each person, I could easily imagine them (even though there is too much information about their lives).
Often the story gets close to a comedy with mosquito nets catching fire and people having difficulties recognizing public restrooms. There are some really hilarious moments.
The real story about the reclusive Karen tribe gets pushed aside by the rambling prattle about the Americans. I wish she had concentrated more on it, on “The Lord of the Nats”, and the tribe’s members, the cultural clashes. The background about the human rights situation in Burma and the military dictatorship is well-researched and one doesn’t that often find that kind of thing in a contemporary novel.
There is some really good story-telling, but with too many unimportant anecdotes and themes – at least for my taste.

Journal Entry 2 by wingApoloniaXwing at RABCK, A little surprise! -- Controlled Releases on Thursday, August 27, 2009

Released 10 yrs ago (8/27/2009 UTC) at RABCK, A little surprise! -- Controlled Releases

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This is the travelling companion of a book that was chosen from the Intercultural VBB. For no particular reason it didn't make it into the VBB, so I thought it might as well come along :-)

Journal Entry 3 by Shroffland from Snellville, Georgia USA on Tuesday, September 08, 2009
This bonuis surprise arrived aloong with a virtual book box selection from ApoloniaX. I haven't read this book yet, and look forward to it! Thank you!

Journal Entry 4 by Shroffland at Snellville, Georgia USA on Monday, July 19, 2010
This book was selected by Dancesports from ApoloniaX's contemporary Asian literature VBB, held in the Fall of 2009.

I am sorry to say that, though parts of this story were interesting, amusing, and entertaining, I didn't enjoy it as much as I have enjoyed a couple of Amy Tan's other titles.

Journal Entry 5 by Shroffland at Snellville, Georgia USA on Saturday, July 24, 2010

Released 9 yrs ago (7/24/2010 UTC) at Snellville, Georgia USA

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On its way to Dancesports, a Contemporary Asian lit. VBB Selection.

enjoy!

Journal Entry 6 by Dancesports at Petcheys Bay, Tasmania Australia on Friday, August 06, 2010
Thank you book has arrived safely, and just in time - I nearly picked it again from the East Asian VBB.

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