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The Lotus Eater

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Published 1981 by Caedmon (first published January 1st 1935)
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Gino Bossino
Sep 05, 2012 Gino Bossino rated it it was amazing
I think you have all read the wrong book, it has nothing to do with Vietnam!

It is set in 1913 and the story begins when the narrator visits a friend on the Island of Capri in Italy. There, he is introduced to the character of Thomas Wilson, who came to the island for a holiday 16 years ago. Since then, Wilson had given up his job in London as a bank manager to live a life of simplicity and enjoyment in a small cottage in Capri. As he had saved just enough money to purchase an annuity that would
Sameen Borker
Mar 15, 2013 Sameen Borker rated it really liked it
"The will needs obstacles in order to exercise its power; when it is never thwarted, when no effort is needed to achieve one’s desires, because one has placed one’s desires only in the things that can be obtained by stretching out one’s hand, the will grows impotent."

Set in 1913, Italy, The Lotus Eater pans the non-conformed life of a man, Thomas Wilson, from the eyes of the narrator.

Thomas Wilson left a well-settled life in London to live on an Island of Capri, Italy. The story begins with suns
Alex Sarll
What seems at first like a simple expat fantasy (jacking it all in and moving to Capri before the wars) is gradually revealed as more like a Faust riff. When Faust is begging for one more day, week, month, year...what if he'd been granted that? Not stopping the spheres, not freezing time, just embezzling himself a little more past what his original bargain allowed. What would that do to a person?
Michael B
Feb 10, 2014 Michael B rated it liked it
Thanks to Gino for properly identifying the actual subject of this short story. The story captures beautifully the struggle of man to act rationally and do "the right thing " vs man's choosing instead too seize the day and not live a life of a dream deferred. Of course, the dream pursued, as always, comes often at a heavy cost.
Kristina Woods
Devastating look at American journalists in Vietnam during the Vietnam War. The book portrays a certain kind of addiction that overtakes people living in a war zone and telling the story of the people of the war - American photographers, G.I.'s and the Vietnamese people. Love and obsession become entangled in the middle of this brutal, endless and pointless war.

It forced me to look at my own obsessive behaviors and how I engage in them even though they don't serve me. I appreciated how the auth
Leonor Sebastião
Feb 08, 2016 Leonor Sebastião rated it liked it
Such a beautiful short story.
Feb 10, 2016 Sambal rated it it was amazing
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Mary Ann
Oct 14, 2011 Mary Ann rated it really liked it
Good book, the ending didn't feel true to the character, and thought the author could of done a much better job. I liked the story of journalist covering the Viet Nam war with the different perspective of villagers, ex pats, and soldiers.
Hermione Laake
Jun 06, 2013 Hermione Laake rated it it was amazing
Tragic; never quite sure what Maugham means until the very end(that is what makes him so special),to 'die of beauty....'
Janet Sorrells
Oct 07, 2012 Janet Sorrells rated it it was amazing
Excellent book. Gives you a real idea what life was like for Photo Journalist
in Vietnam during the Vietnam War.
Jul 28, 2012 Jyotsna rated it liked it
Very descriptive,I imagined Vietnam, and beileve that I was actually there. Enjoyed reading the book.
Lydia Kellett
May 20, 2012 Lydia Kellett rated it really liked it
Great story written during the Viet Nam War. Everyone needs to know this story.
Mary Drayer
Sep 11, 2011 Mary Drayer rated it it was amazing
I loved this story about a photjournalism during the Vietnam War-plus much more!
Dec 07, 2011 Sarah rated it liked it
A woman journalist during the Vietnam war.
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William Somerset Maugham was born in Paris in 1874. He spoke French even before he spoke a word of English, a fact to which some critics attribute the purity of his style.

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