Saving Fish From Drowning - Amy Tan
The new novel by the author of the bestselling THE JOY LUCK CLUB.
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. 'Don't 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. ANONYMOUS
On an ill-fated art expedition to 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 Burma jungle, where they encounter a tribe awaiting the return of its 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 façade of Buddhist illusions 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.
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: 2005
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