Puts the L into Lotus

30 September 2006

What is the Blue Lotus?

More than just a Chinese restaurant

Ulysses' Lotos-eaters

"I was driven thence by foul winds for a space of nine days upon the sea, but on the tenth day we reached the land of the Lotus-eater, who live on a food that comes from a kind of flower. Here we landed to take in fresh water, and our crews got their mid-day meal on the shore near the ships. When they had eaten and drunk I sent two of my company to see what manner of men the people of the place might be, and they had a third man under them. They started at once, and went about among the Lotus-eaters, who did them no hurt, but gave them to eat of the lotus, which was so delicious that those who ate of it left off caring about home, and did not even want to go back and say what had happened to them, but were for staying and munching lotus with the Lotus-eater without thinking further of their return."

Homer, "The Odyssey"

The Blue Lotus is more than Life in exotic suburban Tokyo

The Blue Lotus is not The Adventures of Tintin in the Orient
The Blue Lotus is more than The Adventures of Tintin in the Orient

No comments:

…Just when you thought it was safe to enter into aggressive dynastic struggles in the orient…