Review: THE LOTUS EATERS by Tatjana Soli

A number of our participants have read and reviewed The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli.

Check out some excerpts, click on the blog names for full reviews:

Musings of a Bookish Kitty says:  “The violence and shared horrors, the adrenalin rush, the camaraderie and strong bonds that form between the soldiers, and the sense of duty and honor . . . War can change a person. It can make adjusting to home life upon return difficult.”

Bookfookery and Babble says: “There are so many adjectives to describe this book that I’m not quite sure where to begin. Helen is a fascinating character. Why would a woman leave the safety of home for the muck and horror of a war zone?”

Bookworm’s Dinner says:  “Soli uses a variety of voices to tell this story. The point of view is sometimes difficult to switch back and forth, but with perseverance the reader will adjust to her writing style. You get a real sense of what it was like to be Helen, a female among the guys.”

Books and Movies says:  “Ms. Soli has written a devastatingly true novel – not true in the sense that it is based on a real person – but true in that it is so real and authentic that the experience of reading it is like submerging yourself in Helen’s experiences. She writes in uneven prose – gorgeous descriptive sentences interspersed with jagged fragments – so that the reader is left feeling restless, unsettled, and unsure.”

Diary of an Eccentric says: “I loved The Lotus Eaters for the way in which Soli covers various aspects of a complicated war, touching upon the politics behind the war, the questions many had about why the United States became involved, and the mental breakdown of the soldiers in a sweltering hellhole where they had to worry about snipers and mines with every step they took.”

Savvy Verse & Wit says:  “Soli’s multi-layered tale unveils not only the horrors of war and the toll they take on individuals and the nation, but on the relationships cultivated in the most dire circumstances.  Linh, Darrow’s photography assistant and ex-NVA and ex-SVA soldier, adds another complication to the mix when he falls for Helen, but seeks to protect her from harm in honor of his friend, Darrow.”

Also check out this great podcast as Tatjana Soli discusses her book.

**Attention participants:  Remember to email us a link to your reviews, and we’ll post them here so we can see what everyone is reading!**

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