The Lotus Eaters
Ona stifling day in 1975, the North Vietnamese army is poised to roll intoSaigon. As the fall of the city begins, two lovers make their way through the streets to escape to a new life. Helen A...more
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This one punched me deep in my gut....I literally sobbed for 15 minutes after I finished the last page. All of these emotions were swirling within my chest and brain and I needed to release them with a good cry. I am just beginning to understand why my two uncles that served in Vietnam never spoke of their experience. Who would want to revisit those horrors, to have those images dredged up again, to make them real once more? I felt shell-shocked and wounded deep in my soul by the evi...more
I'm glad I stayed with th...more
The book is set during the Vietnam War and is centered on Helen, an American woman photojournalist and her two lovers--Darrow, an American, Linh, a Vietna...more
This is a hard one for me to review. Basically, I'd rate it a 3.5 stars but since i can't, I'll bump it up to 4 stars. For most of the story, I was turned off by the focus of a love story/triangle. I went into the book...more
Shown through the eyes of three different characters: Helen, one of few women photojournalists in Vietnam, young and inexperienced; Sam, a dark,...more
I've read very little about the Vietnam War save Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried, but I al...more
The story begins during the final days of the war in 1975 when the Vietnamese troops are poised to enter Saigon and when she and her Vietnamese lover are making their escape from the city and...more
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Tatjana Soli paints a very detailed picture of Cambodia in South Vietnam from 1963 – 1975. Helen Adams is a young American photographer who travels to Cambodia in an effort to both prove herself as a woman in a male-dominated profession and to gain understanding of her brother’s recent death in combat. She immerses herself in her job and becomes enamored of the Vietnamese culture. That pull keeps her in Cambodia long after others leave. I...more
The other side of my experience while reading was a sense of doubt. So many thing...more
to speak with simplicity.
I checked the average reader's review (usually 3* to 5*)
My question was: You were how old during the Vietnam conflict?
As in any conflict, I feel your personal interpretation varies with your proximity to the war.
The title is apropos.
From Homer's Odyssey ----
After leaving Troy and miles from the original course, Odysseus sends 3 brave men as scouts
to the strange land they approac...more
To say that it's a story about Vietnam discredits the book; this is not a solider's tale, not an obvious story about the horrors of war. Helen Adams launches herself into the war with...more
The story begins with the fall of Saigon. Linda and her Vietnamese husband Linh struggle to reach the American Embassy for evacuation. Linh is suffering from an infection caused by a bullet wound...more
St. Martin’s Press|December 21, 2010|Trade Paperback|ISBN: 978-0-312-67444-1
In the final days of a falling Saigon, The Lotus Eaters unfolds the story of three remarkable photographers brought together under the impossible umbrella of war: Helen Adams, a once-naïve ingénue whose ambition conflicts with her desire over the course of the fighting: Linh, the mysterious Vietnamese man who loves her, but is torn between conflicting loyalties to his homeland and his heart; and Sam Dar...more
In her debut novel, Tatjana jumps in with both feet into war torn Vietnam and chronicles the events that unfold through the eyes of the photo-journalists Helen, Darrow an...more
I didn’t find anything about the relationships believable. I didn’t feel the passion or tenderness or compassion or love between any of them. The mark of good writing is that the author wil...more
Until we let ourselves be saved. Saved by the gift of an artist's daring.
Tatjana Soli watered my hard, dark stone, transforming its cruel shell to a soft and mushy pulp. She reminded me that the darkness insid...more
With only a high school photography class as experience, Helen Adams becomes a combat photojournalist to understand details of her brother’s death in Vietnam. In 1967, as the only woman photographer in Vietnam, she is hired to capture human interest stories. She quickly meets Darrow, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist who is addicted to capturing the next cover shot, and convinces him to get her on com...more