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The Lotus Eaters

2.90  ·  Rating Details  ·  20 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
In Beverley Hills in 1998, British celebrity interviewer Lottie meets Patty Belle, a minor Hollywood actress. In the scorching heat, as she drinks her Virgin Mary and her companion sips champagne, Lottie immediately recognises and responds to Patty Belle's magnetic appeal. But they are not to meet again until many months later back in London, when they become flatmates.

Paperback, 256 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by William Heinemann
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Xueqi Teo
I was intrigued by the title - The Lotus Eaters t first, started reading and couldn't exactly stop because most of the time, I was extremely irritated by Patty. The things she did and how she behaved reminded me of how the Pretty always get what they want just because they look good.

I didn't stop reading because I wanted to know how things would end for Patty. Also, I sympathized Lottie too much - being used by Patty without knowing, never getting the attention she deserves, having her attracti
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Mary Winchester
First of me a noob but I have no idea why this was called The Lotus Eaters. After searching this book up on Goodreads, I was wary of how good it was. It didn't have many reviews, and the ratings weren't very high (anything under 3 isn't high to me.) so I wasn't too sure but I figured I'd give it a go and contribute to the low amount of reviews.

This book was set in the late, late 1900's. Like 1998-99. Lottie was a sweet girl, I felt pretty sorry for her, (I won't spoil too much why) esp
Feb 16, 2009 Christina rated it did not like it
I don't usually write my reviews so soon after starting a new book, but this one is especially nagging at me.

First of all, Holly Golightly is terribly offended that Patty Belle could even be considered a worthy comparison. I loved Breakfast At Tiffany's, and thought it was a brilliant character sketch of such a unique woman. The Lotus Eaters feels like it's trying too hard to follow in Capote's shoes. Marianne MacDonald attempts to keep the narrator impassive, a quiet observer so that the star
Apr 14, 2014 Hilary rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Not one I would recommend. It was ok, but not particularly interesting. A bit soap opera-like, but with less drama. Basically the story of a woman with one of those train wreck friends that we all have at some point in our lives.
Emi Maria
Mar 17, 2016 Emi Maria rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: am-literature, owned
This book is a total mistake. Didn't manage to read the whole. The heroin is, unlike what the publisher's words suggest, a characterless, boring lady. The reader just gets tired of all the repetitions that this book contains. The language is just hilarious, and the dialogues - amazingly soporific. I strongly suggest for the author to start doing for living everything else but writing.
Oct 30, 2014 Bill rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
One of the train wreck story lines with characters you can't really ignore. I kept returning to the paperback tale of Patty and Lotties spiral while on holiday in Spain between sleepless nights and lazy beach afternoons.
I persevered through the vague storytelling and though I don't regret the time spent, I'd urge others to try something else.
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MARIANNE MACDONALD was born in the lumber town of Kenora, Northern Ontario, and grew up in Winnipeg and Montreal. Her first children's book was published when she was 16. She took her BA at McGill University, then went to Oxford for graduate studies in English. For thirty years she pretended to be an academic, acquiring various degrees and teaching at universities in Canada and England. She left t ...more
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“It’s funny, how you realize things too late. Someone once said to me the tragedy about life is that you understand it backwards. But I don’t think so. I think the tragedy about life is there is no tragedy - you just don’t know it till you die.”
— Patty Belle Bellani”
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