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
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 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
The Lotus Eaters opens up with thirty something American journalist and photographer Helen Adams living in Vietnam. It is 1975 and a war torn Saigon is falling.
Linh is the Vietnamese man who is the love of Helen's life, he too is a photographer.
Sam Darrow is an Ameri...more
Helen Adams is one of the first female photojournalists in Vietnam during the mid-sixties. She went to Vietnam following...more
The book's cover doesn't do justice to the story.
Watching the Vietnam War from our living rooms and looking at the photos plastered almost daily in magazines and newspapers, you began to wonder who could watch the events, take the ph...more
I think, “The Lotus Eaters” should be on every high school reading list – to nip any illusions about wars in the bud, to familiarize our youth with such intimate and...more
The story drew me in, and I really appreciated what seemed to me the goals of the novel: to get inside the Vietnam War from a woman’s perspective (including what may be the first fictional description I’ve read of a woman’s...more