Toishan: Book Four "I can See
Clearly Now In The East" 1845-1869
Author: John E. Cashwell
Paperback: 118 Pages
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About The Author:
John E. Cashwell, Sr. is the author of the highly
acclaimed six-book epic poem Toishan, and a
most recent collection of 40 poems, "Where
Purple Shadows Fall." Set in the future,
2020-2022, his new novels "The Justice
Compulsion" and its sequel "Sail On Silver Girl"
explore the catastrophic consequences of the
current growing divisiveness in the American
sociopolitical experiment followed on by the
evils of the emergence of the Socialist
International Society within a New World
Order. A third novel in the series, "With Honor
and Distinction" is currently underway.
John has over forty years advertising,
marketing and copy writing experience, most
notably responsible for helping to launch the
Panasonic brand to consumers in North
America. A former US Marine, a graduated of
Duke University, and a former Executive Vice
president with Grey Advertising, John lives on
Long Island where he enjoys writing, fitness
training and golf with his wife of fifty-two years,
Ann M. Cashwell.
(An Epic Poem of 6 books, 740 pages, and 33,616
Spanning more than 1,300 years and over forty-
seven generations, Toishan: Book One bookmarks at
key points in time the contributions of the Chinese
men and women who built the American railroads.
In six spellbinding works, Cashwell chronicles the
return of the Chinese to California, and the arrival of
the Irish, in an imaginative but highly believable
alternate history of the discovery and ultimate
assimilation of the American West.
In Book Four: The Chinese return to California in the
persons of Zhau My-Lee and his daughter Electra My-
Lee. Here we learn of the Chinese revolution that
brought a Christian Emperor to power and his reforms
that led to the immigration of many Chinese to
America seeking a new life, new wealth and new
power. Only to find their lives and promises forsaken
by treacherous “human traffickers” in a game of
Recounted are the variant lives and purposes of
Zhau My-Lee in the highly cultured environment of
his father’s home and Apothecary, and Zhau’s
protagonist, Zing Tao-Woo, from the hard sea coast of
Guangdong Provence. First in their homeland China,
and then on the construction crews of the
Transcontinental Railroad, 1865.
Zhau becomes Headman of the Central Pacific
Railroad while Zing Tao-Woo becomes one of the most
haunting characters of modern-day poetry.
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"A master of character development, John E.
Cashwell brings to life his players in simple,
eerie impressions. A surprising read. Worth the
time if you are a history buff, a poet or a true
romantic." ***** --- Dwight A. Hugues
"A new Bard has arisen in North Carolina. One
refreshing, breathtaking, fast-paced poet who
lives in every page. I tried it. I liked it. You will
too!"***** --- Gaston B. Gundlach
"Cashwell has accomplished something here so
pure and real its implications border on the
devout. Mixing faith, love and passion in an
incomparable and zesty bouillabaisse." **** ---
J. Wolley Russell
Hardly a devout piece that portrays a Buddhist
Priest as a womanizer. And with a black woman
in North America before Thomas Jefferson?
Hardly historic!Actually a poor, sad concoction
of fantasy, fiction and fuzzy history. Rightfully
so, a quick read.** --- Susanna M. MacLeary
Whether it be "Java Man," Peking Man or
"Lucy (... In the Sky with Diamonds") there
were the ancient australopithecines, later
Homo ergaster and then Homo erectus
(comparably modern, upright beings classified
as hominids) who left the Savanna and spread
out across most of the globe a few million years
or so ago to possibly as recent as twenty
thousand years. Nothing fuzzy about that. A
great and thoroughly well researched read.****
--- T. A. Siebenheller
"Reading each page of Toishan is like gazing through a
gracefully arched window into the mists of a distant past; John
Cashwell's flowing words masterfully paint such detailed,
vivid portraits of the men and women in his unique story,
rendering them three- dimensional, making them truly
unforgettable, and leaving you wanting more!" *****--Leann
"I love Bibi Anbee. I want her to be real. But she is. She is. On
every page of Toishan: Book One and in your mind during
every read of Toishan: Book Four! A haunting, thrilling,
paralyzing read. I could not put it down. Done in a day or less,
but with you for all time. Yahoo! For poets like this. "
*****---Malcomb W. Grossenheider
It is a bold writer who dares to tackle head-on the subject of
what it means to be human. Something that John E. Cashwell
does with tenderness and inexhaustible curiosity. A well-done
read!" ****---Richard E. Sigphen
"Cashwell's poem is a surprising, moving and life-affirming
embrace of the human condition. Herein lies victories,
failures, potencies and frailities becoming thrilling, liberating
and quite often paralyzing rather than dour portents of life . . .
or death. I'll read it again and again." *****---Brice W.
"Book Four is an amazing read. Setting the stage for two more
that I'll anticipate with great need. It's a long way from Fusang
to Promontory Summit. I can't wait to take the ride. The
character development alone will represent a first-class ticket.
Roll on Toishan!" *****---John Apple Bowman, III.
"A friend recently asked me what my new book was about.
First, I told him, it is not a book; it is a poem. A poem of epic
proportions and epic conditions when one considers how
wicked and then again equally spiritual it is. Like life, this
poem is and always shall be simple, tragic and hauntingly
beautiful . . ." Comment --- John E. Cashwell
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