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Now is the Time to Open Your Heart [Kindle Edition]

Alice Walker
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Book Description

'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 travels she meets shamans and the mysterious spiritual world of the native Indian.

Yolo too begins his own journey as he travels to Hawaii and meets a former lover whose life is being destroyed by the excesses of American society. As Kate and Yolo gain shifting insights into the world around them, will their paths diverge or lead back to each other? This is a novel very much in tune with the zeitgeist - Alice Walker argues that we need to look inwards and develop a more open attitude in order to combat the pervasive climate of fear and distrust.

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engaging (OBSERVER (16.10.05))

[a] likeable, warm-hearted tale. (David Robson SUNDAY TELEGRAPH (6.11.05))

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The new novel from the author of THE COLOR PURPLE, 'This legendary writer, who with her pen has changed lives and moved minds' (Pride)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 546 KB
  • Print Length: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson; New Ed edition (29 Dec. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006W2V1K8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #289,413 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a soul friend 31 July 2006
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This wonderful book became just like a friend and I carried it all over with me until it was finished. Alice Walker's story of a woman finding her power and healing through the poetry of self is inspiring and delightful. Both moments of joy and sadness woven together with bright sparkling colours. The theme of global healing reflected in the personal stories, I found both profound and enlightening.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not For Me 6 April 2011
Kate Nelson is a successful author with a colourful relationship background. She has always been a woman keen on adventure. She is what her lover would describe as "New-age" and so he is not surprised when she embarks on a river trip on the Colorado. This does not provide Kate with the release she is seeking so she heads to the Amazon for a more profound experience. Here the distance from everything she knows and the ability to concentrate on her own thoughts provides her with the opportunity to make connections with Mother Earth.

Meanwhile Yolo, who is Kates lover goes on a journey of his own to Hawaii. There he confronts a different way of life and witnesses things that he has never seen before. What effect will this have on him and will there ever be a way forward with his relationship with Kate?

I didn't enjoy the storyline at all. I struggled with the main character, I couldn't understand her restlessness or her motivation. I felt that she wasn't particularly well-written and didn't seem to be very three-dimensional to me. I thought the character of Yola was easier to understand and seemed much more "real".
I kept waiting for something interesting to happen that would provide some sort of plotline but I realised part-way through that this was not going to happen, there are a couple of interesting activities in Hawaii but otherwise it was dull.
The book is written with a lot of very short sentences and lots of questions which meant it did not flow very easily whilst reading, which probably didn't help my lack of ability to get engrossed in the story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Life affirming 14 Aug. 2011
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I loved this little book and devoured it in 3 sittings.Paradoxically,it's the sort of book you want not to have read so that you can enjoy it all over again from scratch.The pace is just right;enough going on to keep your interest but with eddies and detours.We are taken into the main character's heart and mind from the start -at least I was.Maybe you have to be a woman of a certain age to relate to her and her concerns and experiences.Alice Walker writes sensitively yet truthfully about colour,about women ,about ecology,politics and global issues.None of it is preachy or black and white.In this novel ,she resists the urge to make easy endings or connections because real life is not like that.If you're wanting some guidance about mid-life changes then read this-it's heart warming in its honesty.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Alice Walker on top form 5 Feb. 2011
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I love Alice Walker and I particularly enjoyed reading this book. I had read a library copy of this book initially but enjoyed it so much that I bought my own copy so that I can read it again and again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Life changing 13 Sept. 2013
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Recommended to me and turned out to be particularly meaningful because it's about a woman called Kate who lives in a blue house - and my name's Kate and I live in a blue house!
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