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Heretic's Heart: A Journey through Spirit and Revolution
by Margot Adler
The renowned NPR correspondent offers a fresh perspective of the sixties, in a candid memoir of civil-rights work, the Free Speech Movement, and her correspondence with a young American soldier in Vietnam.
Paperback, 328 pages
Published August 1st 1998 by Beacon Press
(first published 1997)
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Very good. Focus jumps around a bit, but I found bits extremely compelling and can identify with a lot of it, particularly the tension between wanting to join some revolutionary/artistic/political group and devote one's life to that goal and wanting to be outside the circle of utterly dedicated people, watching, critiquing, "reading Theatre of the Absurd in a Paris cafe" as well as serious political works. She references the story of a young couple that she learned about in one of her politics c...more
i loved this book. not your typical 60's memoir. the book relies heavily on the authors own correspondence from the era, both with her mother and with a soldier in Vietnam, as well as her own journals. it makes the book into such an immediate experience. her letters from the Berkley sit-in and subsequent arrest are incredible, i cried through the whole chapter. this is an incredible story of a journey to self, of coming of age at such a pivotal time in US history, of finding a purpose and a path...more
Interesting first person account of demonstrations of the sixties in Berkley, civil rights workers in the south, an ongoing correspondence with an American Soldier in Vietnam and even the Venceremos Brigade, a group of American radicals going to work in Cuban sugar cane fields. Margot Adler was involved in all of this and brought the reader right into the thick of it. I'm a half a generation behind being able to comprehend these events as they happened, but learned more of the unfolding of the v...more
Margot Adler tells about growing up in the revolutionary 1960s and her role in that movement. She attends Berkley and travels through the South to register African Americans to vote. A lot of the book is about her internal struggle to find peace with her body image and how she meshes with the feminist movement. Also, she begins a correspondence with a soldier fighting in Vietnam. Some of the story lines in this biography appealed to me much more than others, but overall it was an interesting ref...more
I read this the same time as The Last Unicorn. I devoured the book. Read very quickly. Non-fiction. A woman's coming of age story. I appreciated Adler's take on the 60's. She wrote this book to describe her experience of political activism in the 60's, to try and counter the popular stereotype of the era as purely drugs, free love and music.