The Silver Lotus: A Novel

The Silver Lotus A Novel American merchant Captain Jeremiah Macy Hammond is at the forefront of the New World His trading empire faces pirates violent storms and illness as it forges new paths across the Pacific Ocean open

  • Title: The Silver Lotus: A Novel
  • Author: Thomas Steinbeck
  • ISBN: 9781582437781
  • Page: 456
  • Format: Hardcover
  • American merchant Captain Jeremiah Macy Hammond is at the forefront of the New World His trading empire faces pirates, violent storms, and illness as it forges new paths across the Pacific Ocean, opening new markets in Hawaii, Mexico, and China It is there he meets the beautiful Lady Yee, the Silver Lotus, prized daughter of a wealthy Cantonese merchant family A great lAmerican merchant Captain Jeremiah Macy Hammond is at the forefront of the New World His trading empire faces pirates, violent storms, and illness as it forges new paths across the Pacific Ocean, opening new markets in Hawaii, Mexico, and China It is there he meets the beautiful Lady Yee, the Silver Lotus, prized daughter of a wealthy Cantonese merchant family A great love is born, and their adventures will shape their lives their love will transcend borders, oceans, cultures, and their marriage will eventually serve as a foundation for the growth and development of the Northern California coast.Steeped in the rich culture of the Orient and set against the burgeoning trading routes of the Pacific Rim, The Silver Lotus presents Steinbeck s most moving and textured narrative to date Readers of both Lisa See and Patrick O Brien will be drawn to this rich historical tapestry that examines how industry, adventure, and love served as the building blocks of the thriving California waterfront.

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    1. Thom Steinbeck has written a gorgeous new novel - a moving and engaging saga of the marriage of two cultures and the strength people derive from celebrating their differences. Steinbeck takes the reader into a fascinating world and integrates his characters richly as they develop respect, friendship and then love through their experiences. The language is pure poetry and is an epic tale in the best of all senses, with people whose character resonates as much in the 21st century as they did at th [...]

    2. This is a book so profound and richly written, I almost wished I owned a copy rather than have a library edition on loan for just a little while :) This book is lush with a richness of characters and a historical view of how life - mostly on ships traveling the continents - was like. The romantic life between the Captain and Lady Yee is one that entwines time, love, sickness and sadly, even death. Charming characters beautiful descriptions. I gave this a 4 out of 5 stars due to the writing styl [...]

    3. Written in the 3rd person narrative, the "no dialogue" of this book leaves it flat. Interesting story line of a rich Chinese woman marrying a dashing Yankee Sea Captain during the early 1900's. The Author, Thomas Steinbeck, is the son of John Steinbeck and certainly inherited his father's masterful word use. One of my favorite lines of the book compares politics and religion."the same beast wearing different hides to beguile the gullible."

    4. Kept me interested; i usually like a more metaphoic and lyrical writer, but this is a good story, and I read a lot, and read a lot regarding Chinese people; wonderful!

    5. This book seems extremely well researched with great plot ideas but falls flat. The end trails off after the perfect Lady Yee (and the author) fails to foresee the Russian Revolution. I thought maybe it was flat because terrible things didn’t happen, but it remained detached even when major characters died.

    6. This book had so much potential to be a knock-out novel. Historical fiction is often one of the best genres because there is a wondrous reality tied with a grand story line. The main character, an American merchant, Captain Jeremiah Macy Hammond is at the forefront of the New World. His trading empire faces pirates, violent storms and illness as it forges new paths across the Pacific Ocean, opening new markets in Hawaii, Mexico, and China. In China he meets the beautiful Lady Yee, the Silver Lot [...]

    7. Although the storyline doesn't have any face-to-face dialogue, Thomas Steinbeck did learn how to write a gripping story from his famous father. Page 38"The Silver Lotus had been driven far off course, and subsequently suffered a fair degree of damage to her sails, gaffs, booms and rigging. The decks looked like a bomb had gone off in the rop3 locker, and at least half the crew were suffering from exhaustion, and the other half wished they had it that easy. The seas had been so treacherous and pe [...]

    8. "The Silver Lotus" is an odd book, for a variety of reasons.First, there is no dialog. The voice is an omniscient narrator who takes the point of view of the two main characters (for the most part) but never delves too deeply into their motivations and desires. Next, the book is as much a fable as a novel, as the extraordinary Lady Yee is almost perfect. She is beautiful, brilliant, wise and every other positive one can think of, and her life sails along so smoothly it is more like the happily-e [...]

    9. En la contratapa decía que esta clase de novela agradarían, entra otras, a las personas que disfrutaban con las novelas de Lisa See ("El abanico de seda"), y puedo decir que vi, y leí, las partes en donde se cumple esa proposición.Dos mundos se unen, cuando una talentosa e inteligente mujer japonesa y un comercianteyanquee marítimo se casan. El momento político no es del todo bueno, especialmente en China, y la feliz pareja de audaces personajes debe mover ficha para poder salvar a la part [...]

    10. From the publisher: American merchant Captain Jeremiah Macy Hammond is at the forefront of the New World. His trading empire faces pirates, violent storms, and illness as it forges new paths across the Pacific Ocean, opening new markets in Hawaii, Mexico, and China. It is there he meets the beautiful Lady Yee, the Silver Lotus, prized daughter of a wealthy Cantonese merchant family. A great love is born, and their adventures will shape their lives—their love will transcend borders, oceans, cul [...]

    11. I bought this awhile ago and have put off reading it because I did not want to compare it to John Steinbeck's work with which I am basically obsessed and with which it is not fair to compare anyone elses work.I wanted to love this and there were some moments where the wording was higlightably lovely and it was right on the edge for me the whole time but it never quite got there. Telling the story without any dialogue kept me from really knowing or caring about the characters and while the words [...]

    12. Believe it or not, my favorite part of this book was the heartfelt and lovingly written Acknowledgements. It bothers me to no end when I read a mere list of names that an author "would like" to thank. Steinbeck does justice to the tradition of thank-you note writing by explaining his gratitude specifically. He doesn't merely say he "would like" to thank these individuals; he actually voices details and emotions that make one feel appreciated. As for the novel itself, I truly enjoyed the descript [...]

    13. This was a nice tale about an American seafaring merchant who falls in love and marries the beautiful,highly intelligent and accomplished daughter of a wealthy Chinese merchant. The story begins in the late 1800s and takes us on sea adventures to their settling in California. Unfortunately, it took me 6 months to actually complete this book. There was always something more interesting that took me away. While I kept going back to peak at the next adventure of Captain and Mrs. Hammond, there was [...]

    14. Liked his writing style, but the book itself reminded me of a fairy tale. The handsome, wealthy sea captain, Jeremiah Hammond, meets the brilliant, beautiful Lady Yee fall in love, marry and roam the seas. They finally settle down in Monterey and live a life of luxury. The perfect couple lead a perfect life and have two perfect children and perform many, many charitable works . Adversary never touches them for years and years.

    15. I loved the language and the story, but it drove me bananas that the title character had absolutely no character flaws. Not only is she perfection in an exotic package, but during her pregnancies, she inexplicably becomes clairvoyant! Having read this book right after reading Tortilla Flats by John Steinbeck, I wondered if Thomas Steinbeck was trying to create a character that was the antithesis of his father's characters who are nothing but character flaws.

    16. I stayed with this through to the end to see what happens. It was good to read the back story of a character in another book that Steinbeck wrote. But, this was no where near as well written as Under the Shadow of the Cypress Trees. The plot really suffered from poor editing, and the characters were flat, which is typical for this writer.

    17. The book was okay, but could've been so much better. I did not enjoy the entire story being told in the 3rd person narrative. It read more like a textbook than the great love story and life adventure it was supposed to be. It sucked most of the excitement right out of it, and made it very hard to connect with the characters.

    18. Boring read. Dry as heck. Nearly put it down but trooped through it. Author idealizes Lady Yee as the perfectly stoic, selfless, impeccably-mannered, prosperous Chinese woman. He does paint her as amazingly intelligent and adaptable, and makes her clairvoyant to boot.

    19. I enjoyed reading this book, but it was a little too idealistic. I loved the strong, female heroine, but her perfection was a bit unrealistic. However, it was an interesting story about love and loss.

    20. Thomas Steinbeck is NOT John Steinbeck, but his love and knowledge of the historical Monterey Bay area makes for a good read. He is a good storyteller and anyone who lives or loves the area will really enjoy this book.

    21. Well worth reading, especially for John Steinbeck fans and those who love the Monterey Bay, CA area. It is very well written and entertaining.

    22. I may have learned something reading this book, but I could do without repeating the same information over and over. It was a slow read.

    23. I really liked this book until the end. The writing style is interesting - no dialogue. The end just seemed a little abrupt and flat.

    24. Was entertaining, but I was always left waiting for something really exciting to happen, but it never did.

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