Saving Fish from Drowning

Saving Fish from Drowning

by Amy Tan
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Saving Fish from Drowning 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 75 reviews.
irlandskisoprano More than 1 year ago
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?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I agree with all the rest of the 3 and lower ratings group ... When I read the pocket and the first few pages I was captivated ! This sounded like it would be a wonderful read .... but I was soon disappointed. The book gets 2 stars for at least having a good first half. In that section there is mystery ... why was she murdered, where are the 11 missing pple ... and as you read you are dying to see and read about what really happened to them! But all to soon that part comes and the disappointment is overwhelming ! The second half of the book is filled with excessive words and stories that hold no baring, there are to many missed moments .... Like when Harry happens to miss seeing that it is the missing 11 on the tape he was given b/c she was turning down the volume. You read and read hoping for the pain (of finishing the book) to end. I only completed the book out of an obligation to myself to see it to the end. But this was a 100% disappointing novel. AMY TAN COULD DO BETTER !!!! and she does not in this book. It is a pass .... for those how have not read it .... don't waste your time, it's not worth it. This is definitely a book for the yard sale.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am typically a fan of this author, but this book was a disappointment. It was difficult to get through. The characters were monotonous and lacked the usual development and flair. The plot had potential but got lost among the myriads of unrelated and unconnected details. A little more judicious editing might have made it a better book. It was one I kept reading thinking that it was surely going to get better. It didn't.
librayladybug More than 1 year ago
The most hilarious story I've read in years; as good as Steven King's "The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon," or Mark Twain's "Huckleberry Fin."
JeanneP More than 1 year ago
Really enjoying this book, it was selected as a book club pick. The main character is dead and follows a group of individuals on a pre-arranged tour through China and Burma as they encouter mishap after mishap. Amy Tan does a terrific job of character development for all of the characters in such a way that you as the reader can identify with the flaws and attributes of every member of the group. There are group dynamics as well which allow you to feel empathy and sympathy throughout the read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful storytelling.
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Multi themes and return to a plain and simple narrative too many characters weaken the structure l
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IIn the beginning I was into the book, got to know the characters and was looking forward to another Amy Tan book. Saddly the book stayed stale for a long, long time and then just took a cliff dive. I did not finish the book, and I have read all her books.
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Shannon Stratton More than 1 year ago
Typical Amy Tan..beautiful.
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