a good read for asian travelers

Old Nov 13th, 2005, 03:52 PM
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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.
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Old Nov 13th, 2005, 05:31 PM
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gloria...its on my xmas list...
glad you enjoyed it
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Old Nov 14th, 2005, 06:21 AM
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Thanks Gloria! I enjoy reading Amy Tan's books. Will check it out.
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Old Nov 14th, 2005, 11:11 AM
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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.
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Old Nov 14th, 2005, 11:26 AM
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Saigon is only so-so. I've read better. But Wild Swans is wonderful.
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Well, darn it Gloria, I just ordered Saigon from Amazon. At least I ordered it used! Did you read Victorine? Another good one.
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Old Nov 14th, 2005, 12:13 PM
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Saigon is a perfectly fun read. Have not read Victorine -- what is is?
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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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