Read & Download Lotusland 107


characters Lotusland

Read & Download Lotusland 107 Ç The lives of two American friends in Vietnam diverge sharply when one chooses the path of a writer and the other strikes it rich in real estate Their lives further conflict when they find themselves clashing over the Vietnamese women they've come to loveThe lives of two American friends in Vietnam diverge sharply when one chooses the pa. A well written story which explores the relationships between two expatriate American men living in Vietnam both their relationships to each other and the local women they marrybefriendOne a struggling writer who considers getting into the commercial business of his friend because he needs to make money only too easily thwarted by a new relationship with a traditional lacuer artist and gallery owner Le in the weeks before he should leave Saigon and move to Hanoi where the business is basedThe other Anthony now a successful business owner husband and father of two children though barely in control of his rapid success or family life unsure whether he can rely on his friend though he needs him for than just for work reasonsThe couples are like the escaped and the escapee almost doomed from the beginning as they represent that often classic situation of the allure of a foreign culture where the objective of the individuals are the opposite to each other despite the attractionIt's an often painful uncomfortable read as Joiner makes no excuses for his characters and we witness that selfish aspect of humanity in which every person appears to want something from the other and rarely puts the needs of the other before their ownI particularly enjoyed how the author was able to evoke the sense of being in Hanoi a city I adore and was uickly transported back to through his attention to providing a sense of placeI was shocked to find myself at the final page an abrupt ending that leaves the reader with much to think about and likely to provoke many interesting discussions about the mix of post war opportunity life in foreign cultures immigration and whetherhow it is possible to overcome the culture clash within a relationshipMy complete review here at Word by Word

LotuslandThe lives of two American friends in Vietnam diverge sharply when one chooses the pa. A well written story which explores the relationships between two expatriate American men living in Vietnam both their relationships to each other and the local women they marrybefriendOne a struggling writer who considers getting into the commercial business of his friend because he needs to make money only too easily thwarted by a new relationship with a traditional lacuer artist and gallery owner Le in the weeks before he should leave Saigon and move to Hanoi where the business is basedThe other Anthony now a successful business owner husband and father of two children though barely in control of his rapid success or family life unsure whether he can rely on his friend though he needs him for than just for work reasonsThe couples are like the escaped and the escapee almost doomed from the beginning as they represent that often classic situation of the allure of a foreign culture where the objective of the individuals are the opposite to each other despite the attractionIt's an often painful uncomfortable read as Joiner makes no excuses for his characters and we witness that selfish aspect of humanity in which every person appears to want something from the other and rarely puts the needs of the other before their ownI particularly enjoyed how the author was able to evoke the sense of being in Hanoi a city I adore and was uickly transported back to through his attention to providing a sense of placeI was shocked to find myself at the final page an abrupt ending that leaves the reader with much to think about and likely to provoke many interesting discussions about the mix of post war opportunity life in foreign cultures immigration and whetherhow it is possible to overcome the culture clash within a relationshipMy complete review here at Word by Word

characters ↠ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ↠ David Joiner

Lotusland  Lict when they find themselves clashing over the Vietnamese women they've come to lo. In this beautifully written novel which evokes the exotic beauty as well as the seediness of Vietnam so well David Joiner uses interwoven plots rather than the conventional plot and subplot to focus on trust in different kinds of relationships The story starts with an intriguing meeting between an enigmatic young Vietnamese woman Le and a young American writer Nathan There is tension both erotic and personal between the two from the moment they meet and Nathan finds himself rather reluctantly agreeing to Le's proposal that he help her apply for an immigrant's visa to the States in return for being his girlfriend Cynical as this arrangement sounds it is complicated by Nathan's deepening feelings for Le and her elusiveness and secrecy as well as her apparent reluctance to honor the terms of the agreement What's Nathan has agreed to help his old friend Anthony whom he owes a considerable sum run his real estate company in Hanoi far away from Saigon where Le lives So Nathan is torn between love and the promise he has given to his friend between the desire to write and the need to make a living and perhaps above all between the words people utter including himself and what they really mean If he has good reason to mistrust Le Anthony has good reason to mistrust him As Joiner pushes his characters into predicaments in which finally they are forced to confront who they really are and what their friendships and loves are really worth we learn a great deal about life in Vietnam a country I have not lived in but have visited with all its contradictions corruption and often heart rending beauty Particularly poignant and moving are Lotusland's fascinating evocation of Vietnamese lacuer painting and of the horrors of Agent Orange the chemical weapon the US government used there during the war which continues to cause suffering even today This is a big novel in scope not simply a coming of age story about young people trying to find themselves in love and art and work but eually the story of a country struggling to find its identity With prose reminiscent of James Salter's with its taut lyricism and themes of human corruption reminiscent of Graham Greene and of eroticism reminiscent of Marguerite Duras this novel truly belongs on a shelf with The uiet American The Lover or Duong The Huong's Novel Without a Name In other words it is a classic Highly recommended characters ↠ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ↠ David Joiner

David Joiner ↠ 7 Read & Download

David Joiner ↠ 7 Read & Download Th of a writer and the other strikes it rich in real estate Their lives further conf. Simply put this is a great book I don't read novels all that often I'm a periodical guy but I have to say this one was a great read Not only was the story great but the ideas and themes are poignant I think if you read this book you will see yourself in the characters and settings regardless if you have been to Vietnam or not Just some preview it is set in Vietnam involves a writer real estate agent painter politics relationships and the search for who we are as people When great plots characters themes and writing come together can't help but turn the page Get yourself a copy or two You can get one or from com or from Guernica Editions the publisher reading