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glorialf Nov 13th, 2005 03:52 PM

a good read for asian travelers
For anyone who has ever traveled to asia (especially southeast asia-- burma and yunan province) you should get a copy of Amy Tan's new novel "Saving Fish from Drowning." From a literary standard it's not her best but it is great reading for anyone who has traveled in this area or has ever taken a group tour. I laughed out loud on the bus today. I'm less than half through it so it may become less interesting but so far I'd say it's a must read for those of us who are passionate about our asia travel. If you're planning your first trip there, I'd wait to read it until you get back.

divediva Nov 13th, 2005 05:31 PM

gloria...its on my xmas list...
glad you enjoyed it

Martinan Nov 14th, 2005 06:21 AM

Thanks Gloria! I enjoy reading Amy Tan's books. Will check it out.

pat Nov 14th, 2005 11:11 AM

The two I want to read are Saigon, by anthony Grey, and The Wild swans by Jung chang. Both are available on Amazon, and you can read reviews on these two books there, too.

glorialf Nov 14th, 2005 11:26 AM

Saigon is only so-so. I've read better. But Wild Swans is wonderful.

pat Nov 14th, 2005 12:05 PM

Well, darn it Gloria, I just ordered Saigon from Amazon. At least I ordered it used! Did you read Victorine? Another good one.

glorialf Nov 14th, 2005 12:13 PM

Saigon is a perfectly fun read. Have not read Victorine -- what is is?

pat Nov 14th, 2005 02:09 PM

This book is written by Texiera. (can`t think of her first name). I have seen some of her travel writing in magazines but Victorine is a book. Victorine is a story of what happened to her great grandmother. She lived in France, married and had 2 children, then left and went to Indochina with another man. She writes alot about the area. In the end, Victorine goes back to France, and to her husband. The author wrote this book after seeing her great grandfather`s massive headstone, and great grandmother got a little falling apart cross. A very interesting book!

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