2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 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. I felt this was quite a self-indulgent piece of work by the author, I didn't feel as if I was being drawn into the work, I actually felt like I was being excluded from something very private, almost like reading someone's diary.
If you are looking for a light read or something with a cracking storyline then this isn't the one for you. However if you are interested in self-reflection and personal analysis then you may find this an interesting read.
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 31 July 2006
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.
on 14 August 2011
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.