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Read & download ☆ Lotusland ´ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ☆ 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 loveLict 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

LotuslandLict 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

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Lotusland Î The lives of two American friends in Vietnam diverge sharply when one chooses the pa. This was a really engaging and well written book This book focuses on two American males and two Vietnamese females all living in Vietnam As an American expat myself I found the two main American characters to be incredibly realistic in the way they acted their views of Vietnam and Vietnamese etc The thing that really struck me though was how incredibly self centered all four of these characters were I don't know that there was a single moment in the book when any of those four characters did anything that wasn't going to directly benefit themselves There are moments when it appears one character is doing something nice such as loaning money helping apply for a visa etc but it always comes back to a selfish motivation Even when one of the American characters visits a hospital of Agent Orange victims he only appears to want to write about them to further his career as a journalistOverall an interesting read but please know that there are lots of expats that actually love and care about the countries they are living in Even American expats Free download å eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB è David Joiner

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David Joiner è 7 Read Th of a writer and the other strikes it rich in real estate Their lives further conf. A canny look into the nature of the Western expat I was taken with the two characters one who is making an effort to understand the country he is in the other who is there to exploit it I have never seen the nature of being a privileged western expat portrayed so accurately or with such moral force The picture Joiner paints of Vietnam is also rich complex and haunting