The Same River Twice

The Same River Twice

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by Alice Walker
     
 

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The Same River Twice is an exciting collection of work based on Alice Walker's groundbreaking, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Color Purple. It includes the never-used screenplay Walker wrote, never-before-seen diary entries and letters, as well as new writings by the author on such topics as art, motherhood, illness, and relationships. Walker also

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The Same River Twice is an exciting collection of work based on Alice Walker's groundbreaking, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Color Purple. It includes the never-used screenplay Walker wrote, never-before-seen diary entries and letters, as well as new writings by the author on such topics as art, motherhood, illness, and relationships. Walker also discusses, for the first time, her work with Steven Spielberg, Quincy Jones, Oprah Winkey, and Whoopi Goldberg on the film based on her book. As it explores the controversy surrounding the movie and the impact of loss, illness, and fame on Walker — The Same River Twice illuminates Walker as woman, healer, and artist.

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Susan Shapiro
You might think a book about a movie made twelve years ago would be dated and superfluous. Think again. Alice Walker's behind-the-scenes expose of the making of the movie "The Color Purple," from her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, is funny, perceptive and completely engaging. The author of fifteen books, including The Temple of My Familiar, hooks her readers in the first chapter, Fish and Bird Come to My House. Here she recalls her first meeting, in February of 1984, with Stephen Spielberg and Quincy Jones. Spielberg, who arrived dressed so casually he seemed to be in someone else's clothes, reminded her of a parrot. The well-dressed Jones, who showed up in a huge limousine and sent roses, was "born under the sign of Pisces, the fish. Deep, mysterious, cool. Intuitive. Shimmering through life."

Along with anecdotes about working with actors Danny Glover, Whoopie Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey, Walker throws in photos, journal entries, correspondence, her original film synopsis and the screenplay she wrote, which graphically depicted the love affair between her characters Shug and Celie, and was rejected. Walker chronicles her affliction with Lyme Disease, which went misdiagnosed for three years, her bisexuality, the end of her long-term relationship with Robert (who tells her, "I am alcoholic, you are bisexual, we cancel each other out"), as well as the controversies stirred up by "The Color Purple." Critics accused her of hating black men, degrading her characters by using black folk speech, and racism for letting a Jewish boy direct a movie about black people. She finds irony in the fact that the Academy Awards that year went to the "racist" "Out of Africa." She brings up the O.J. Simpson trial and its tragedy, that a man so graceful and beautiful could be so ugly and so wrong. It's the theme of her novel, and the comparison renders The Same River Twice even more timely and compelling. --Salon

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780671003777
Publisher:
Washington Square Press
Publication date:
01/01/1997
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
0.69(w) x 5.50(h) x 8.50(d)

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Guest More than 1 year ago
This lady distorts the title 'Alice In Wonderland' into Alice Is Wonderful. This book and many more written by Alice Walker are those that will untie your shoes, relax your feet, and walk you into a world of fantastic mindblowing literature. AMAZEMENT! I cannot begin to express my love for Ms. Wonderful Walker's writings. She is a word artist, a language magician, a fiddler with life, and a tickler of passion. She is the soul-survivor of fantastically remarkable American literature. She is the purest of the pure, the softest of the softest, and the most heartfelt of all hearts. She is the one to read if you seek and have sought beauty, love, pain, and astonishing stories of men women blacks whites south americans everyone. She is the one to read if you are in the mood....for just about everything. This book is a gem of hers that expresses the tumbles and joys of the making of THE COLOR PURPLE film with Mr. Quincy Jones, and Sir Steven Spielberg. The shiniest part of the gem is the exquisite un-used screenplay she has written for the movie, so compare it to the one that WAS used, and take the long tedious time to choose which one is better, you will love them both. You will love the world and your world if you read her writings. Alice Walker, a historical African-American genius.