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The Lotus and the Storm

By Lan Cao


Hello. I hope you are having a wonderful Sunday. I am still trying to forget that it is fall. It is getting harder to do with the cooler temperatures and football season and the leaves changing. It is supposed to get up to 70 degrees tomorrow!!! I will have to give in to the season soon though and move the summer clothes to make way for the fall/winter stuff. It is October. I just finished a book this morning and I think I will read a mystery next. I haven’t read one in a while.

This was a free ebook from NetGalley read in exchange for an honest and fair review. It is a recent release published August 14, 2014 by Penguin Group.

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.

I had some issues with this book. I had trouble keeping the characters straight for some reason. This may have just been me. I read a lot at night and fall asleep now and then. LOL. I also realized that the three characters were one and that the character had three personalities, but this could have been brought out sooner in the book. The chain of events and the story line are both of interest. There is a kind of mystical, foggy surreal quality to the events in Vietnam.

This is a mysterious book where people turn out to be someone else. The book may lose you for a moment, but if you stick with it and keep reading, it becomes clear what is going on. It is the mysterious unraveling of the characters and how they are shaped and affected by the war and their experiences. It is a deep story of emotional pain and survival. I found it a very educating glimpse of the Vietnamese War and the aftermath of the people who were there. Everyone should read this it is a part of our country’s history. I give this a 4 out of 5 stars.


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