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Saving Fish from Drowning

Saving Fish from Drowning by Amy Tan 0399153012 9780399153013
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A provocative new novel from the bestselling author of The Joy Luck Cluband The Bonesetters Daughter. On an ill-fated art expedition into the southern Shan state of Burma, eleven Americans leave their Floating Island Resort for a Christmas-morning tour-and disappear. Through twists of fate, curses, and just plain human error, they find themselves deep in the 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. Saving Fish from Drowningseduces the reader with a fagade of Buddhist illusions, magicians 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 about the shared responsibility that individuals must accept for the actions of others. A pious man explained to his followers: It is evil to take lives and noble to save them. Each day I pledge to save a hundred lives. I drop my net in the lake and scoop out a hundred fishes. I place the fishes on the bank, where they flop and twirl. Dont be scared, I tell those fishes. I am saving you from drowning. Soon enough, the fishes grow calm and lie still. Yet, sad to say, I am always too late. The fishes expire. And because it is evil to waste anything, I take those dead fishes to market and I sell them for a good price. With the money I receive, I buy more nets so I can save more fishes.

Author: Amy Tan

Language: English

Edition: 1st

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 474

Publisher: GP Putnams Sons & Random House Publishing Group

Publication Date: 2005-10-18

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ISBN: 0399153012


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