By the Light of My Father's Smile

By the Light of My Father's Smile

A Novel

Book - 1999
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By the Light of My Father's Smile is Alice Walker's first novel in six years--a stunning, original, and important book by "one of the best American writers of today" (The Washington Post).

A family from the United States goes to the remote Sierras in Mexico--the writer-to-be, Susannah; her sister, Magdalena; her father and mother.nbsp;nbsp;And there, amid an endangered band of mixed-race Blacks and Indians called the Mundo, they begin an encounter that will change them more than they could ever dream.nbsp;nbsp;Moving back and forth in time, and among unforgettable characters and their stories, Walker crosses conventional borders of all kinds as she explores in this magical novel the ways in which a woman's denied sexuality leads to the loss of the much prized and necessary original self; and how she regains that self, even as her family's past of lies and love is transformed.

By the Light of My Father's Smile presents, as Alice Walker puts it, "a celebration of sexuality, its absolute usefulness in the accessing of one's mature spirituality, and the father's role in assuring joy or sorrow in this arena for his female children."nbsp;nbsp;It explores the richness and coherence of alternative culture, experience of sexuality as a celebration of life, of trust in Nature and the Spirit, even as it affirms the belief, as Walker says, "that it is the triumphant heart, not the conquered heart, that forgives.nbsp;nbsp;And that love is both timeless and beyond time."


From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine, 1999, c1998
Edition: 1st Ballantine ed
ISBN: 9780345426062
0345426061
Branch Call Number: WALKER A
PS3573.A425 B9 1999x
Characteristics: 222 p. ; 21 cm

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sgcf
Mar 26, 2017

Alice Walker’s writings are beautifully poetic and have a spiritual sensibility that is grounded in raw life. At the heart of this story is sexuality, as we observe a number of human relationships and the pain unwittingly caused, particularly due to patriarchal father-daughter situations. And yet, I couldn’t let myself get swept into it, having the sense that Walker was using the characters as her mouth-piece for her ideas. I normally like shifting points of view in a story, but in this case it happened every few pages, and jumped around in past/present as well as earth locations to the hereafter … too fragmented for my liking despite the food for thought she presented.

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ABenoit
Jun 25, 2014

Given the book was almost entirely about, well you know, I wasn't exactly enthralled. But, for some reason, i couldn't quit reading.

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