Now is the Time to Open Your Heart

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'A modern take on the Odyssey in which it is Penelope who wanders far from home before returning to her Odysseus' Sunday Telegraph Kate has always been a wanderer. A well-published author, married several times, she has lived a life full of exploration. Now, as she begins to feel the first ravages of age, she wants to find a new sense of meaning. She leaves her lover Yolo on a journey down the Colorado river - a journey that will force her to re-explore her past and her future, and her connection to the real world. On her ...

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Rubycanary

Nov 29, 2007

Not her best

I have great respect for Alice Walker and have loved many of her books. This one I found hard to follow, unrealistic, and not very recommendable. I think she knew this before it came out, the dedication in itself is an apology basically stating that with all it's flaws it was time to publish the book anyway.

In many ways I thought this book read like a memoir disguised as a novel. Maybe the exact retreats or experiences aren't the same, but she is clearly trying to impart information learned in retreat like settings in real life.

The avid Walker fan will of course have to read this book, but if you haven't read her before, start with a different one to get a true flavor.

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