The Lotus and the Storm

The Lotus and the Storm

A Novel

Book - 2014
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"Half a century after it began, the Vietnam War still has a hold on our national psyche. Lan Cao's now-classic debut, Monkey Bridge, won her wide renown for "connecting . . . the opposite realities of Vietnam and America" (Isabel Allende). In her triumphant new novel, Cao transports readers back to the war, illuminating events central to twentieth-century history through the lives of one Vietnamese American family. Minh is a former South Vietnamese commander of the airborne brigade who left his homeland with his daughter, Mai. During the war, their lives became entwined with those of two Americans: James, a soldier, and Cliff, a military adviser. Forty years later, Minh and his daughter Mai live in a close-knit Vietnamese immigrant community in suburban Virginia. As Mai discovers a series of devastating truths about what really happened to her family during those years, Minh reflects upon his life and the story of love and betrayal that has remained locked in his heart since the fall of Saigon"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2014
ISBN: 9780670016921
0670016926
Branch Call Number: FICTION CAO 2014
Characteristics: 388 pages ; 24 cm

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reader_007
May 01, 2015

I read this book on the actual 40th anniversary of the United States' leaving Vietnam. The book felt very relevant and realistic to the time period. It is well-written and tells a compelling story but at times the detailed descriptions became a little overmuch.
The descriptions and the story did make me feel like I was in Vietnam during the war. The final chapters detailing what happened to the characters left behind at the end of the US Occupation of Saigon were heartbreaking. There's even a surprise near the end that will bring everything full circle. Overall, I'd give it 4 stars.

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lizyonge
Feb 05, 2015

I loved learning more about the history of Viet Nam.

DPLheather Feb 03, 2015

Truly beautiful and powerful.

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Rock_Shadow
Sep 12, 2014

Beautifully written book. Sensuous, thrilling, heart wrenching Vietnamese family story that transcends countries and history, even though it's enveloped in both.

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