Toishan: Book Fve: "Send It On
Down That Ol' Telegrah Line"
Author: John E. Cashwell
Paperback: 112 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 FIVE, “Come to Gum Shan” (Gold
Mountain) becomes the call for thousands. And they did
only to die by the hundreds after they were dumped
ashore. The adventures of Zhau My-Lee and his
daughter Electra continue at a breathtaking pace as
Zhau becomes Headman of the Central Pacific Railroad
Line and his daughter becomes head lady of O'Ryan
More than thirteen centuries later, on the day of
Our Lord recorded the 10th day of May 1869, a single
word was telegraphed but once from Promontory Point
on down a single-wire line--from northwest of Ogden
over near Brigham it came--and never again has it been
repeated. Where the wheels of the mighty engines
“Rogers”--119 And “Jupiter”--No. 60 were seated . . .
Roberts lays the "Golden Spike" and Electra My-
Lee cares for her father over the dry barrens and
through the mountains to eventually become the "Girl of
O'Ryan Roberts' Dreams." In between, the railroad
tycoons abuse the Chinese while favoring the Irish,
eventually erasing all visuals of any Chinaman from the
lasting picture of the laying of the "Golden Spike." Their
corrupt and scurrilous activities ignored by O'Ryan
Roberts who takes Electra My-Lee as his wife.
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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 Five is an amazing read. Setting the stage for the final
chapter: Book Six 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,
"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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