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Child of the dawn : a magical journey of awakening
Publication Information:
San Rafael, Calif. : Amber-Allen Pub. ; [Emeryville, CA] : Distributed by Publishers Group West, ©1996.
Physical Description:
xviii, 180 pages ; 19 cm
An Indian boy's quest for the secret of happiness ends with the discovery that the secret lies within us all. But to arrive at this conclusion the boy must undergo many trials and ward off temptation to abandon spiritualism for materialism.
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Chopra, G.

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Presents a spiritual tale involving a young Indian boy's journey through the enchantments of his homeland.

Author Notes

Gautama Chopra is the son of author Deepak Chopra and is a correspondent for Channel One. He divides his time between New York and Los Angeles.

Reviews 3

Publisher's Weekly Review

This first novel by the 21-year-old son of bestselling author Deepak Chopra is a parable based on the elder Chopra's wildly popular guide, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success. A lost, lonely, 12-year-old Indian orphan, Hakim, embarks on a quest for the secrets of power and enduring happiness, only to discover that the source of everything he seeks can be found only within. Thematically, the book is too obvious, unfolding seamlessly and predictably, with none of the organic twists and turns of real myths and parables Even the most credulous readers will smile at the fortunate timing of Hakim's auspicious encounters. He meets myriad Indian characters who teach him, among other things, the secrets of meditation and karmic reaction. While he gleans insight into the true nature of life, death and good and evil, however, the young searcher is pursued by his former orphanage master, who wishes to corrupt him with the knowledge of how to obtain power and wealth. Not surprisingly, it is only when Hakim has resisted temptation, realized that "wisdom exists within everyone" and learned that dreams really can come true that his journey ends. Chopra tends his bar adequately, lining up shots of spiritual platitudes for thirsty readers to swallow. 100,000 first printing; $100,000 ad/promo; author tour. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Booklist Review

The author is the son of New Age guru Deepak Chopra, and frankly, it's hard to imagine how this inspirational tale would have been published without the Chopra name attached to it. It's not that the book is all that bad, only that its allegorical message is a long way from fresh. A young Indian street boy tries to find his purpose in life as well as some prosperity. He meets a number of people on his journey, some of whom have his best interests at heart, but others, especially the conniving Master, wish to lead him astray. The message for the innocent child in all of us? Listen to the voice inside you; follow your heart; be in service to others for wealth comes in your ability to give yourself to others. The language is flowery, and Chopra's introductory ode to his young son is sugary, but for those who crave the fable-as-guidance genre, flowers and sugar are dietary staples. --Ilene Cooper

Library Journal Review

This allegorical tale revolves around Hakim, a young orphan boy in India whose spiritual quest for identity unfolds as he learns to discern the guises of truth and illusion in encounters with enigmatic characters: a cruel orphanage master, a quirky Welsh magician, a sagacious truck driver, a vegetarian fisherman, and several female figures who offer him glimpses of generosity and hope. This work of fiction is somewhat encumbered by a didactic tone, although author Gautama Chopra, the 21-year-old son of best-selling author Deepak Chopra, demonstrates a maturity of spiritual vision and symbolic understanding beyond his years. Fans of Deepak Chopra will be interested in his son's book, since it is based on principles from Deepak Chopra's Seven Spiritual Laws of Success. (LJ 5/1/95). (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.