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The Lotus Eaters - Tatjana Soli
The Lotus Eaters
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A unique and sweeping debut novel of an American female combat photographer in the Vietnam War, as she captures the wrenching chaos and finds herself torn between the love of two men. On a stifling day in 1975, the North Vietnamese army is poised to roll into Saigon. As the fall of the city... show more
A unique and sweeping debut novel of an American female combat photographer in the Vietnam War, as she captures the wrenching chaos and finds herself torn between the love of two men. On a stifling day in 1975, the North Vietnamese army is poised to roll into Saigon. As the fall of the city begins, two lovers make their way through the streets to escape to a new life. Helen Adams, an American photojournalist, must take leave of a war she is addicted to and a devastated country she has come to love. Linh, the Vietnamese man who loves her, must grapple with his own conflicted loyalties of heart and homeland. As they race to leave, they play out a drama of devotion and betrayal that spins them back through twelve war-torn years, beginning in the splendor of Angkor Wat, with their mentor, larger-than-life war correspondent Sam Darrow, once Helen's infuriating love and fiercest competitor, and Linh's secret keeper, boss and truest friend. Tatjana Soli paints a searing portrait of an American woman’s struggle and triumph in Vietnam, a stirring canvas contrasting the wrenching horror of war and the treacherous narcotic of obsession with the redemptive power of love. Readers will be transfixed by this stunning novel of passion, duty and ambition among the ruins of war.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780312611576 (0312611579)
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Pages no: 389
Edition language: English
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teaandbooks
teaandbooks rated it
3.0 I'm not sure how to review this one.
Helen is a photographer who is covering the war in Vietnam. She is present when Saigon falls and the reader is taken through her journey and time together, plus her feelings for a few different men with the war as a backdrop. One is a man who is married and is more interested in acclaim, the other i...
Lisa (Harmony)
Lisa (Harmony) rated it
4.5 Transported Me to a Different Place and Time
This was a terrific read, which came through despite my not reading it in the usual way. I tend to be a fast, voracious reader. I'd have ordinarily made my way through this book in a few days, not a few weeks, but lately I've been forced to put my spare time and energy elsewhere. I'm not sure if tha...
The BiblioSanctum
The BiblioSanctum rated it
4.0
Note: I won a copy of The Lotus Eaters through participating in a Goodreads giveaway on this site. I want to thank Goodreads, the publisher and the author for giving me the opportunity to read this book.The Lotus Eaters is a historical fiction about three photojournalists brought together during the...
florinda3rs
florinda3rs rated it
I’'ve read a number of novels set during the Vietnam era, but none from the perspective used in Tatjana Soli’s' debut novel, The Lotus Eaters: that of the press, photographers in-country documenting the war for wire services and publications. Published back in the USA, their work was one of the fact...
The Drift Of Things
The Drift Of Things rated it
5.0 The Lotus Eaters
Wow! Can this really be Tatjana Soli's first novel? She pierces right through all the bullshit about war in general and the Vietnam debacle in particular. I've learned to steer clear of most novels about Vietnam because there's usually too much of the macho jungle combat detail. I'm glad I made an...
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