Friday, May 22, 2009

Book Review: Saving Fish From Drowning

Now that I seem to be over my little pity party of yesterday (at least for now), here's a review of the book I just finished:

Saving Fish From Drowning by Amy Tan: This book is the current selection for my book club, and probably not one I would have read otherwise. I've never read any of Amy Tan's other works (I know she has a pretty loyal following), so I didn't go into it with any expectations based on the author. In all honesty, based on the synopsis, I didn't expect to enjoy this book, and figured I would give it 50 pages to draw me in. I was pleasantly surprised that I did actually enjoy it, however. Not enormously, but it was a fun read and it kept me engaged. It's the story of a group of friends who travel along the famed Burma Road, and their mishaps and self-discovery along the way. The story is narrated from beyond the grave by the friend who organized the trip, as she died a mysterious and gruesome death shortly before the trip is scheduled to begin. There are a lot of characters to keep track of, and I honestly never connected too much or grew to care about any of the characters. Also, as geography has never been my forte or a particular interest of mine, I wasn't actually familiar with a lot of the places discussed in the book. Still, all in all it was an enjoyable read, and I'm very proud of myself for finishing it a week ahead of schedule in relation to our my book club's upcoming discussion!

If anyone is interested in this book, email me your mailing address and it's yours :)


Anonymous said...

I know this is not the subject of your post today, but I left you a comment on your Sunday post regarding a book on cutting the risk of dying from colon cancer by 90%. I have not seen you mention it, but you might be interested in at least looking it up.
I understand your irritation at people preaching God at you. I am a firm believer in God, but I do not appreciate people trying to get me to believe the way they do, either. I have a very heavy church/religious background but I no longer believe in "religion" per se. I believe in spirituality and a personal relationship with God, but in my opinion religions are all a matter of interpretation of the same book, by each religion and most of the rules in whatever church, are man-made.
But, I still believe strongly in God; the way I feel comfortable believing.

Anonymous said...

I'd love to have this book! I'm a lurker and I read your post regularly. I'm childless, single 20something female.

I enjoy your post and we have a lot in common even though you're older than I am. LOL

Can I email you my address?

Lisa said...

Anonymous: yes, email your address to me; my email link is in my sidebar :)