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Not a typical Amy Tan book - not about China and not a historical novel per se. Nonetheless, I really enjoyed it. Very well written.
posted Jun 1, 2007 at 11:04AM
The title of the book is derived from the practice of Myanmar fishermen who "scoop up the fish and bring them to shore. They say they are saving the fish from drowning. Unfortunately... the fish do not recover," Bibi Chen, San Francisco socialite and art vendor, plans to lead a trip to China and Burma for 12 friends. Unfortunately, Bibi dies, in very strange circumstances, before the tour begins. Despite Bibi’s death, the group decides to proceed with her plans. Bibi, as the ghost narrator of the story, tells the tale of how her friends disappear while during their visit to Burma. What started as a vacation turns into an “unaware” kidnapping by a tribe, who recognize their savior among these tourists. We will learn things about Burma and its struggle for independence as well as the daily fight of its tribes for survival. However, while I have enjoyed Amy Tam’s books in the past, this book was not one of my favorites. The characters bordered on cartoonish, sections of the novel were unnecessary making the book too long and some of the plot twists just silly. 2 out of 5 stars.
posted Nov 18, 2013 at 3:14PM
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Violently murdered; watches her friends leave on vacation without her.