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Saving fish from drowning

Author: Amy Tan
Publisher: New York : Putnam, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Suspense fiction
Miscellaneous fiction
Fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Tan, Amy.
Saving fish from drowning.
New York : Putnam, 2005
(OCoLC)607737430
Material Type: Fiction, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Amy Tan
ISBN: 0399153012 9780399153013
OCLC Number: 60373545
Description: xv, 474 p. ; 24 cm.
Responsibility: Amy Tan.
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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 Twelve American tourists join an art expedition that begins in the Himalayan foothills of China - dubbed the true Shangri-La - and heads south into the jungles of Burma. But after the mysterious death of their tour leader, the carefully laid plans fall apart, and disharmony breaks out among the pleasure-seekers as they come to discover that the Burma Road is paved with less-than-honorable intentions, questionable food, and tribal curses. And then, on Christmas morning, eleven of the travelers boat across a misty lake for a sunrise cruise - and disappear. Drawing from the current political reality in Burma and woven with pure confabulation, Amy Tan's picaresque novel poses the question: How can we discern what is real and what is fiction, in everything we see? How do we know what to believe?

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