Nicole's Reviews > The Lotus Eaters
The Lotus Eaters
Apr 07, 2011
Exhaustive first work by author Soli which details the life of a female photojournalist in Vietnam over a twelve year period, from 1963-1975. Her journey there is punctuated by a romance with a fellow seasoned photographer, Sam Darrow, as well as her relationship/friendship with Linh, Darrow's Vietnamese friend and partner. You are taken on a rollercoaster ride as the main character Helen first arrives in Vietnam with only a desire to make something of herself where her Marine brother perished, to her ultimately achieving notarity and fame as a seasoned observer in the Vietnam conflict. The novel is expansive and detailed, with a rich canvas of images, experiences, and dialogue. The novel took Soli ten years to write and this is apparent in the tiny details of various skirmishes, topography, and interwoven Vietnamese culture. It is the type of novel that probably demands a second reading to take in all that is packed in for it is so vibrant in content. Part war novel, part romance, part newspaper recording, "The Lotus Eaters" may be a work of fiction but it reads like an autobiography. Savor it slowly and enjoy the journey Soli takes you on.
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