The Lotus Eaters

Posted by Guy Pringle, 10th January 2012

After a Christmas of urns on mantelpieces, I'm back to the reading for our upcoming Readers Gathering this May. The tally so far looks like this:


READ with my personal ratings

Room by Emma Donoghue 5/5

Dark Matter by Michelle Paver 4/4

The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls 5/5



The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Little Boy Lost by Marghanita Laski 


because I've just started The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli. I find I'm vacillating between yes, this is going to be good and a slightly picky reaction to some of the American-style grammar.

However, what most intrigues me is the author's name because there's little to go on in the prelims about Ms Soli’s connection to Vietnam in the 60s and 70s. Plus, forgive me but Tatjana doesn't sound a very Vietnamese name.


However, there's no doubting that she's caught the feeling of that country, at least when I compare it to the many films I've seen about the era. Admittedly, most (all?) of them are seen through American eyes but, like them, the book has the feeling of authenticity. And like a film it is using flashback to draw you into the story. You can probably detect a slight ambivalence but I’m keen to pick it up again, and as back up I’ve just borrowed The Killing Fields DVD from the library (sorry, Discovery Centre) to refresh my memory further. More shortly.

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