Thursday, February 09, 2006

saving fish from drowning

just finished saving fish from drowning by amy tan. it chronicles the experience of 11 American tourists kidnapped in myanmar; their journey there, their experience living with their captors, and their rescue,e tc. it's kind of long, and i plowed on through, but i have to say it doesn't measure up to her other work. the characters are shallow, and seem to be without believable emotion. the ending is predictable. one more note on the characters: too many! it was difficult to keep track of the many personal histories and personal entanglements of each one of the tourists in the book. i was actually missing the strong women with dark secrets left behind in China theme that runs through practically every other book by tan.

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