Toishan: Book Three "I can See
Clearly Now In The West" 1845-1869
Author: John E. Cashwell
Paperback: 122 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 words)
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
In Book Three: Left behind by her “sting” companion
and lover, Roman Quentin Roberts, Mary Madonna
Evangelista stows away on the ship SS Niantic, bound for
the gold fields of California. Pregnant and dressed like a
man to achieve passage, she is discovered by the ship’s
Captain into whose hands her male child is delivered.
Once in San Francisco, Mary Madonna reverts to her
most profitable profession in order to survive the poor
economy and harsh ecology . . . vowing to raise and
protect her son, whom she has named from the stars.
Only to lose him when fourteen-year-old O’Ryan Gnarr
Roberts is forced to leave the city after beating two
whore mongers nearly to death with an axe handle.
O’Ryan rides away upon the horse provided to him by
Madonna as her final gift. Later, when he arrives at
Sutter’s Mill, he learns of another kind of gold. This gold
is made of iron rails.
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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 Marshall
"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 Three! 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.
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. Reynolds.
"Book Three is an amazing read. Setting the stage for three 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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