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Saving Fish from Drowning

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1 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

Hi!!!

My name is lianya my bierthday is february 3, 2012 i am turning 12

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4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Ok, Burma, and the title: these are the only interesting parts of the book.

I was so disappointed in this book. I liked the idea of the quirky socialite ghost as narrator, but gee what really horrid characters. Shallow, cowardly, petty, self absorbed and wealthy. Gee they really had me, not. I do believe that trips with friends can go astra...
I was so disappointed in this book. I liked the idea of the quirky socialite ghost as narrator, but gee what really horrid characters. Shallow, cowardly, petty, self absorbed and wealthy. Gee they really had me, not. I do believe that trips with friends can go astray, but geeze,
this was so contrived and far fetched and no character was anybody to care about. There is a little dog picked up along the way in China and that dog somehow never poops or barks or needs serious attention even though it is close to dying. There is an arrogant vet along, what luck.
The only clever bit is the title about a fisherman who "saves" fish from drowning by removing them from the water. They struggle at first, then lie peacefully. o gee, they are dead. Better sell them, buy a bigger net, save more fish tomorrow. no lie.
Amy, Amy, Amy, why? I loved The Joy Luck Club. I love that you play in a band with Dave Barry. I love your humor. Why this book?

posted by irlandskisoprano on February 20, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2006

    Not one of Amy Tan's best....

    If you're a fan of Amy Tan's books, then of course you should read this one, but I think it's probably the one I liked least. I've read them all, except for her children's books. As Tan usually always has some type of spiritual or ghostly undertones in her books, the fact that the dead friend and tourguide (Bibi Chen) was narrating the whole trip was, at times, a very interesting way to tell the story, but at other times, there was a little too much literary license taken because of it. Maybe I'm not spiritual enough, but when Bibi in her spirit form actually intervened for her friends to help them get into Myanmar, I thought that was a little bit much. It definitely was interesting to me to learn about a culture and part of the world that I knew nothing about, but the story was a little too drawn out and a little bit too scatterbrained. While I think the characters were pretty well developed, they were extremely fickle people (hey, maybe that's actually the realistic part about all of this), and after their stay in the jungle, the events that followed afterwards struck me as pretty unrealistic and fantasy-like.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2005

    Somewhat dissappointed

    Although the novel started in that particular good usual way that distinguishes Amy Tan from others, the ending is a taoltal separate story. I flt like reading two different stories. One the adventue and captivating story of the 12 tourists in Burma, and the other about the selected social lives of the few San Francisco socialites.

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