I attend many book clubs to talk about The Lotus Eaters, and I have been asked over and over by members to recommend my favorite books. Those of us who aren't English majors have often skipped what I'll call the contemporary classics in favor of what is newly published. This is a mistake in my opinion, because as much as new books need readers, it is also important to develop as a reader, as well as a writer, by reading works that have withstood the test of time. Even if it's a shorter length of time than for Hemingway or Fitzgerald. When I am asked about books covering the Vietnam war, I always point first to the work of Tim O'Brien: The Things They Carried, but also, Going After Cacciato, and In the Lake of the Woods. There is simply no account of the soldiers' experience as well written, and also as bravely anti-war, as Mr. O'Brien's books.

On my website, I have a list of recommended fiction on Vietnam:

http://www.tatjanasoli.com/Recommende...

In the next few weeks, I will also include a general fiction post of favorites. One of the real pleasures in talking about books is sharing favorites.

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Published on April 02, 2012 18:53 • 391 views • Tags: the-lotus-eaters, tim-o-brien, vietnam
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message 1: by Maureen (new)

Maureen Flatley Tatjana,

My book club discussed The Lotus Eaters last night. As I would have expected the consensus was that it was one of the best books we have ever read. Truly stunning fiction. Just thought you might enjoy knowing how much we all appreciated it.

Mo


message 2: by Tatjana (new)

Tatjana Soli Thanks, Mo. You made my day.

Best, Tatjana


message 3: by Maureen (new)

Maureen Flatley Tatjana wrote: "Thanks, Mo. You made my day.

Best, Tatjana"


It was simply breathtaking.....finely drawn characters, a driving narrative.....for many of us (older) women you really reclaimed VietNam as a country for us. Prior to your lovely story it seemed just a battlefield w/ so many horrible memories for so many of us. You brought it to life as a community, a place to live, the backdrop of an in triguing story. Well done! We all agreed it was our best read and for many of us, me included, one of the best novels we've ever read - and that's saying something in this crowd of voracious readers!


message 4: by Jeffrey (new)

Jeffrey Hunter Why did the cover change from Lotus Eaters hardback to the paperback? - what was the motivation? Was the change to add "realism" rather than the hardback cover, which I take as more "escapist.'

Thanks,

Jeffrey Hunter


message 5: by Tatjana (new)

Tatjana Soli Jeffrey wrote: "Why did the cover change from Lotus Eaters hardback to the paperback? - what was the motivation? Was the change to add "realism" rather than the hardback cover, which I take as more "escapist.'

T..."
Hi Jeffrey,
As you might know, authors have little control over covers. The first cover was definitely an appeal to women readers. Many of my readers, though, ended up being men. I received many comments from vets, etc. that they liked the book, but had to toss the dust jacket. So I made a plea for a more gender neutral cover, which I think the paperback accomplished."


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