By the Light of My Fathers Smile
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.And there, amid an endangered band of mixed-...more
I must become my own candle
willingly burning myself
to light up the darkness around me"
This poem is the last entry of the novel. It tells about the next best thing to "hope" for – creating one's self, not without sacrifice such as getting burned, but also not without gain such as transforming into a flame - a light of hope. Whether by burning or transforming, life is being created; creating is living. This only shows how powerful the novel's chant is: We are closes ...more
all right. i had to let this one sit and rumble around before i can get my mind around. i'm not all the way there yet, by any means. however, i have made progress with walker's point about it being not only crucial that parents are honest with their children about sex but that it's soul important to teach them the joy of sex. even further, to give them our blessing to be loved in the way our bodies are meant to be.
i think about what our kids are exposed to on a constant basis ...more
There were moments that were uncomfortable for me; the beginning chapters were almost too voyeuristic. However, I am certain this was done wi ...more
Alice Walker, who I've said before is a sort of guru or ...more
I should add to this that there are sexually explicit moments which are a bit too much for this reader and I would like fo ...more
"At one point Manuelito mumbled something about needing a drink. I would have died for a burger and fries. But we persevered. I thought I had to find on his body those few remaining places where he could still be quickened sexually. He thought he had to battle to find my center by pushing as ...more
I never expected this book to be so...liberating. In America, as well as so many other countries in the world, a woman's sexuality isn't hers. It is something commandeered by men. Men that have women gyrating in music videos. Who have women, naked a ...more
She was not even aware at the time of my death that she missed me. Poor child. She did not cry at my funeral. She was a stoic spectator. Her heart, she thought, was closed. (3)
As an atheist, I found the idea of an afterlife from which the father was speaking a little disappointing. However it becomes far more interesting when r ...more
At first, it seemed to be about the metamorphosis of Magdalene AKA Mad Dog AKA June, then her sister, Susannah, waltzed in with her free-spirited thinking which spilled into everything she did. In Susannah's life, there's petros, her husband, Lily paul, her lesbian lover, Irene, her friend, June, her sister, and Anand, lover then friend.
Basically, in my ...more
I got the feeling that this novel was written deliberately for the purpose of trying to convey a particular ideology, and consequently the characters seem two dimensional; they don't have lives or personalities beyond what p ...more
That is why I was screaming, really, I said. I knew what being loved felt like, and then because of some religious bullshit I didn't even subscribe to, enforced by my own father, who didn't really believe it either, I didn't have it in my life anymore." 123
Alice Walker is totally fascinating to me. She travels the world protesting all sorts of shit, and she writes novels full of intriguing ideas, to say the least. By the Light of My Father's Smile ...more
Sometimes it was hard to read. Women are abused and hurt, taken advantage of, in this book. But that happens in real life too. The hardships women face in this book are not gratuitous, they reflect real life hardships that women face.
It was so cool that some of the main characters are ghosts.
The writing is gorgeous. The story is one of redemption. This book is Alice Walker soaring.
I believe that I will purchase this book to have to share. I marked off so many pages to refer back to that it was almost like reading the book over again!
The chapter 'Anyone Can See That the Sky Is Naked' and the following chapter 'Crossing' are ones that I treasure for now. Wonderful. Of course the previous and following chapters are wonderful too!
Thank you Alice Walker.
The storyline is of journeys home to the heartself along diverse paths linked by a common betrayal. It has the power to touch upon and stir the reader's own life journey.
I found it crafted in a very interesting and clever style, moving in first person from one character to another. Often it would take several paragraphs to identify who was speaking.
Sexuality is at the core of ...more