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Now Is the Time to Open Your Heart: A Novel (Walker, Alice) (original 2004; edition 2004)

by Alice Walker

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Title:Now Is the Time to Open Your Heart: A Novel (Walker, Alice)
Authors:Alice Walker
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Now is the Time to Open Your Heart by Alice Walker (2004)

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    aleahmarie: An American woman reaching mid-life shrugs off all she has done in order to discover who she might be. Both stories resonate with spirituality, the feminine, and exotic travel.
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Kate, a woman passing mid-life, shrugs off all that she is in order to discover who she might be. Her journey takes her down the mighty Colorado River and through the jungles of the Amazon, but her true journey is within. Alice Walker chronicles Kate's odyssey with a literary rhythm that enchants. ( )
  aleahmarie | Mar 15, 2010 |
On the surface this novel tells the story of Kate. She recognises she needs to retreat away from life and at the same time her lover Yolo goes off on holiday to revisit Hawaii. Incidentally, Yolo discovers more than he expected from a sun and sand holiday. Kate also dreams a lot and is conscious of her ageing body. However this novel is also about Alice, Alice Walker the grand daughter who has never known her grandmother. Alice suspects that her grandmother, whose life was cut short when she was murdered, given a longer life would have become the psychic explorer which in fact is exactly what Kate becomes. Along the way Kate traverses the Colorado River and then the Amazon, meets a shaman and generally learns more about ‘herself’ in the company of a group of women and men who are similarly searching. Under the watchful eyes of the shaman Kate, along with her fellow travellers imbibe the mysterious botanical mixtures that release the person within and illuminate the more incomprehensible aspects of the person and their life thus far.

I am of the view that this book more so than many others, will speak to you and be rated according to where you, the reader find yourself on life’s journey and the extent to which the deeper more spiritual aspects, connections and cultural thinking resonate with your own progress along that path. Just as I am - here and now, that resonance with my own journey along with the beautiful and reflective writing merits the four star accolade. ( )
2 vote juliette07 | Jan 10, 2010 |
A thoughtful novel, not too long and pleasantly short chapters. I found it a bit confusing at first, but relaxed into her style and went with the flow of the book. As others have said, its the tale of two people on different journeys and how they change. Well structured and written. ( )
  Tifi | Oct 5, 2008 |
Kate a writer who is has been having dreams about a river which has run dry. After conversations with her therapist, she decides to go on an exploration to discover the meaning of this dream. So she packs up a few of her belongings, leaves her lover, Yolo and sets of with a group of women on a rafting trip down the Colorado River.
Yolo sets off on what he expects to be a more conventional vacation in sunny Hawai. However, he too is placed in circumstances which force him to reflect on himself and the choices he has made, as well as his place in the world. ( )
  AstridG | Sep 27, 2008 |
I liked this more than much of Walker's work, and the story was engaging. It isn't necessarily something will stick with me long term, or something I'll go back to, but it is what it is. The writing is strong, and she's kept it short so that it doesn't get so repetitive in theme or subject as some of her books do. If you want a sweet story to fall into for a few days, that won't take much effort, I'd recommend it. ( )
  whitewavedarling | Jan 16, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0812971396, Paperback)

The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Color Purple, Possessing the Secret of Joy, and The Temple of My Familiar now gives us a beautiful new novel that is at once a deeply moving personal story and a powerful spiritual journey.

In Now Is the Time to Open Your Heart, Alice Walker has created a work that ranks among her ?nest achievements: the story of a woman’s spiritual adventure that becomes a passage through time, a quest for self, and a collision with love.

Kate has always been a wanderer. A well-published author, married many times, she has lived a life rich with explorations of the natural world and the human soul. Now, at fifty-seven, she leaves her lover, Yolo, to embark on a new excursion, one that begins on the Colorado River, proceeds through the past, and flows, inexorably, into the future. As Yolo begins his own parallel voyage, Kate encounters celibates and lovers, shamans and snakes, memories of family disaster and marital discord, and emerges at a place where nothing remains but love.

Told with the accessible style and deep feeling that are its author’s hallmarks, Now Is the Time to Open Your Heart is Alice Walker’s most surprising achievement.


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"Kate has always been a wanderer. A well-published author, married many times, she has lived a life rich with explorations of the natural world and the human soul. Now, at fifty-seven, she leaves her lover, Yolo, to embark on a new excursion, one that begins on the Colorado River, proceeds through the past, and flows, inexorably, into the future." "As Yolo begins his own parallel voyage, Kate encounters celibates and lovers, shamans and snakes, memories of family disaster and marital discord, and emerges at a place where nothing remains but love."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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