Book club to meet, discuss Tan novel
March 28, 2006
The Literature at Lunch Book Club will discuss Amy Tan’s novel “Saving Fish From Drowning” at noon April 12 at the South Lake Tahoe Branch Library, 3050 Lake Tahoe Blvd.
Tan’s narrator, Bibi Chen, a San Francisco socialite, doesn’t know how she died, but quickly adjusts to life in the hereafter and enjoys her ability to tune into the thoughts and feelings of others, especially her friends. Prior to her untimely death, Bibi had arranged the vacation of a lifetime along the notorious Burma Road for 12 of her dearest friends, who go through with the trip. In spite of their political correctness, the travelers turn into ugly Americans in their pursuit of comfort and amusement.
In her satiric voice from beyond the grave, she recounts how her friends vanish in the jungle-covered mountains, kidnapped by an oppressed tribe in a country run by the tyrannical Myanmar military regime. Tan, basing her story on a real-life incident, writes with stinging irony about oppression, genocide, culture clashes, media spin and corruption. Join the Literature at Lunch Book Club in a discussion of the hilarity and absurdity that results from cultural misunderstandings between widely different worldviews.
The South Lake Tahoe Branch Library is located at 1000 Rufus Allen Blvd. The library is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Call (530) 573-3185.