Saving Fish From Drowning, Paperback
3 out of 5 (3 ratings)


The highly anticipated novel from the bestselling author of 'The Joy Luck Club' and 'The Bonesetter's Daughter'.

On an ill-fated art expedition of the Southern Shan State in Burma, eleven Americans leave their Floating Island Resort for a Christmas morning tour - and disappear.

Through the twists of fate, curses and just plain human error, they find themselves deep in the Burma jungle, where they encounter a tribe awaiting the return of the leader and the mythical book of wisdom that will protect them from the ravages and destruction of the Myanmar military regime.

Filled with Amy Tan's signature 'idiosyncratic, sympathetic characters, haunting images, historical complexity, significant contemporary themes, and suspenseful mystery' (Los Angeles Times), 'Saving Fish from Drowning' seduces the reader with a facade of Buddhist illusions, magical tricks and light comedy, even as the absurd and picaresque spiral into a gripping morality tale about the consequences of intentions - both good and bad - and of the shared responsibility that individuals must accept for the actions of others.




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I have read and loved all of Amy Tan's books, however, this one fell fall short of her usual standard. It was a disappointing read.

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It took me ages to finish this book. I just really couldn't get into it, which is a shame, because it is well written (by Amy Tan, after all). But I just didn't get excited by or interested in the story or any of the characters... and the whole Bibi Chen thing just seemed contrived. Maybe I wasn't in the right mood for it. A shame, because I really wanted to like it.

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This was a fun read - I'd never read Tan before and was very impressed. The pace was slow, the narrator was rather annoying (not to mention dead), I didn't like the people on the tour group much either, but nonetheless I loved reading the book. A big part of that is that it's unusual - you can't really guess what comes next. I'd recommend it.