During an ill-fated trip to Myanmar, eleven American tourists are abducted by a renegade tribe that believes that Rupert, a surly teenager with the group, is the reincarnation of their god Younger White Brother, who has returned to save them from their country's militaristic government, in a novel narrated by the ghost of the murdered woman who had set up the trip. 400,000 first printing.
"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.
Amy Tan, who has an unerring eye for relationships between mothers and daughters, especially Chinese-American, has departed from her well-known genre in Saving Fish From Drowning. She would be well advised to revisit that theme which she writes about so well.
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," This kind of magical thinking or hypocrisy or mystical attitude or sheer stupidity is a fair metaphor for the entire book. It may be read as a satire, a political statement, a picaresque tale with several "picaros" or simply a story about a tour gone wrong.
Bibi Chen, San Francisco socialite and art vendor to the stars, plans to lead a trip for 12 friends: "My friends, those lovers of art, most of them rich, intelligent, and spoiled, would spend a week in China and arrive in Burma on Christmas Day." Unfortunately, Bibi dies, in very strange circumstances, before the tour begins. After wrangling about it, the group decides to go after all. The leader they choose is indecisive and epileptic, a dangerous combo. Bibi goes along as the disembodied voice-over.
Once in Myanmar, finally, they are noticed by a group of Karen tribesmen who decide that Rupert, the 15-year-old son of a bamboo grower is, in fact, Younger White Brother, or The Lord of the Nats. He can do card tricks and is carrying a Stephen King paperback. These are adjudged to be signs of his deity and ability to save them from marauding soldiers. The group is "kidnapped," although they think they are setting out for a Christmas Day surprise, and taken deep into the jungle where they languish, develop malaria, learn to eat slimy things and wait to be rescued. Nats are "believed to be the spirits of nature--the lake, the trees, the mountains, the snakes and birds. They were numberless ... They were everywhere, as were bad luck and the need to find reasons for it." Philosophy or cynicism? This elusive point of view is found throughout the novel--a bald statement is made and then Tan pulls her punches as if she is unwilling to make a statement that might set a more serious tone.
There are some goofy parts about Harry, the member of the group who is left behind, and his encounter with two newswomen from Global News Network, some slapstick sex scenes and a great deal of dog-loving dialogue. These all contribute to a novel that is silly but not really funny, could have an occasionally serious theme which suddenly disappears, and is about a group of stereotypical characters that it's hard to care about. It was time for Amy Tan to write another book; too bad this was it. --Valerie RyanAbout the Author:
AMY TAN is the author of The Joy Luck Club, The Kitchen God's Wife, The Hundred Secret Senses, The Bonesetter's Daughter, The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life, and two children's books, The Moon Lady and Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat. Her work has been translated into thirty-six languages.
"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.
Book Description GP Putnam's Sons & Random House Publishing Group. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0399153012 New Condition. Slight shelf wear on dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # WSJ-744R-J572
Book Description GP Putnam's Sons & Random House Publishing Group. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0399153012. Bookseller Inventory # 7ZM-CG55-3646
Book Description GP Putnam's Sons & Random House Publishing Group, 2005. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0399153012
Book Description GP Putnam's Sons, U.S.A., 2005. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: As New. 1st Edition. New. First. (Presumed as no edition stated and number line starts with 1.) Could be gifted. Dust jacket not price-clipped ($26.95). No marks, writing or bookplate inside. Not a remainder or ex-library. Bookseller Inventory # 002920
Book Description GP Putnam's Sons & Random House Publishing Group, 2005. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0399153012
Book Description New York, New York, U.S.A.: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 2005. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition... An attractive, new copy in a new, mylar protected DJ. 1st edition; 8vo., 474 pages. 0.0 0.0 0.0. Bookseller Inventory # 21407
Book Description GP Putnam's Sons & Random House Publishing Group, U.S.A., 2005. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. New first edition clothbound hardcover in new jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 047610
Book Description Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated, East Rutherford, NJ, U.S.A., 2005. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. Correct number line sequence, no writing, marks, underlining, or bookplates. No remainder marks. Spine is tight and crisp. Boards are flat and true and the corners are square. Dust jacket is not price-clipped. This collectible, " NEW" condition first edition/first printing copy is protected with a polyester archival dust jacket cover. Beautiful collectible copy. Bookseller Inventory # 000819
Book Description GP Putnam's Sons & Random Hous, 2005. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110399153012
Book Description GP Putnam's Sons & Random Hous, 2005. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Brand New!. Bookseller Inventory # VIB0399153012