“A rollicking, adventure-filled story . . . packed [with] the human capacity for love.”–USA Today“A superbly executed, good-hearted farce that is part romance and part mystery . . . With Tan’s many talents on display, it’s her idiosyncratic wit and sly observations . . . that make this book pure pleasure.”–San Francisco ChronicleSan Francisco art patron Bibi Chen has planned a journey of the senses along the famed Burma Road for eleven lucky friends. But after her mysterious death, Bibi watches aghast from her ghostly perch as the travelers veer off her itinerary and embark on a trail paved with cultural gaffes and tribal curses, Buddhist illusions and romantic desires. On Christmas morning, the tourists cruise across a misty lake and disappear.With picaresque characters and mesmerizing imagery, Saving Fish from Drowning gives us a voice as idiosyncratic, sharp, and affectionate as the mothers of The Joy Luck Club. Bibi is the observant eye of human nature–the witness of good intentions and bad outcomes, of desperate souls and those who wish to save them. In the end, Tan takes her readers to that place in their own heart where hope is found.“Amy Tan is among our great storytellers.”–The New York Times Book Review“Amy Tan has created an almost magical adventure that, page by page, becomes a metaphor for human relationships.”–Isabel Allende“With humor, ruthlessness, and wild imagination, Tan has reaped [a] fantastic tale of human longings and (of course) their consequences.”–Elle“A book that’s easy to read and hard to forget.”–Newsweek
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Hardcover Publisher: Thorndike Press (February 1, 2006) ASIN: B008T1YQCK Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 1.6 inches Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
The Opposite of Fate: Amy Tan was born into a family that believed in fate. In The Opposite of Fate: A Book of Musings, she explores this legacy, as well as American circumstances, and finds ways to honor the past while creating her own brand of destiny. She discovers answers in everyday actions. With the same spirit, humor, and magic that characterize her beloved novels, Amy Tan presents a refreshing antidote to the world-weariness and uncertainties we face today, contemplating how things happen - in her own life and beyond - but always returning to the question of fate and its opposites: the choices, charms, influences, attitudes, and lucky accidents that shape us all. Saving Fish from Drowning: Twelve American tourists join an art expedition that begins in the Himalayan foothills of China, 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. With her signature “idiosyncratic, sympathetic characters, haunting images, historical complexity, significant contemporary themes, and suspenseful mystery” (Los Angeles Times), Amy Tan spins a provocative and mesmerizing tale about the mind and the heart of the individual, the actions we choose, the moral questions we might ask ourselves, and above all, the deeply personal answers we seek when happy endings are seemingly impossible.
Doce amigos estadounidenses estan a punto de emprender el viaje de su vida desde el pie del Himalaya en China hacia las selvas inexploradas de Brimania para profundizar en el arte y la cultura de ambos paises. La manana del dia de Navidad, todos menos uno inician una excursion de medio dia, pero ya no regresan. Se encuentran en medio de la selva, en un poblado secreto donde se oculta una tribu medio extinguida que ve en uno de ellos a su salvador.