The Lotus Eaters

Long after finishing reading this novel, the story still haunt me. This well imagined and beautifully written novel feel so alive. After reading Haruki Murakami Norwegian wood, I never thought I would fall in love with another novel. Yet I am smitten with this one.

Tatjana Soli tells the story of a female war photographer in the final days of a falling Saigon. She brings readers in the horror war zone with its details which make you think you are experiencing it yourself. Her obsession with Vietnam and the decade long writing and researching the novel making it extraordinary. So beautifully written, I did not skip a single line in the novel. And the touch of love story making it harder to put down.

Before reading the novel I could never understand what the Vietnam’s war was all about and why it was so horrific.

Lotus eaters refers to Homer’s Odyssey ( I googled it) mythology, about people living on an island dominated by lotus plants. Those who ate the plants forget about home and did not even want to come back home.

In a conversation with the writer, at the end of the book it says that

‘home’ means more than a physical place. It is a mental place of comfort and familiarity; it is a belief system.

And one of my favorite quote from the book,

“A woman sees war differently.”


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