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Inhaltsangabe: "...a rare treat, a window that opens and re-opens into a dreamer's world..."
"In John Atkinson's 2008 novel Timekeeper, Johnnyboy leaves his dysfunctional Virginia home at fourteen after his father "Bugdaddy" beat him again. In Oklahoma, Chief calls him "Timekeeper" and sends him on a vision quest to find himself. He does, but he is not yet whole.
At the beginning of Timekeeper II, scheduled for a September 21, 2010 release from il Piccolo editions, Atkinson writes, "I went to the Sacred Mountain in the flesh, but didn't see it clearly until I returned in a ghost world dream." Timekeeper II isn't a clock-time, linear novel. It's a dreamtime novel where all the dualities that haunted Johnnyboy must be brought into harmony in order for Timekeeper to face the world and himself as a fully integrated person.
The dualities arise in Timekeeper's mind like opposing armies: a humiliated, illiterate man in a world where the ability to read is not only mandatory, but presumed; a man of mixed white and Native American parentage who is unaccepted and foreign in both worlds; a seeker on the path who left home to find himself while leaving his mother and first spiritual teacher Morning Song behind to face the wrath of an abusive father who once said, "Don't turn Indian on me, boy! I'll kill you dead in your tracks."
Timekeeper II is a rare treat, a window that opens and re-opens into a dreamer's world where events and personages from the world of form and the world of spirit mix and interact and sometimes contradict each other. Neither Chief nor the illusive and powerful Round Woman will give Timekeeper clear and definitive self-help lessons. Instead, he must take on the role of a shaman and enter the ghost world and find spirits who will help him heal himself.
Once again, John Atkinson has conjured up a gritty, highly original story where reality itself turns in upon itself and carries both his protagonist and his readers through the fires of transformation into a world where all conflicts disappear. Highly recommended for all adventurous readers."
--Literary Aficionado by Malcolm Campbell (Aug 2010)
Inhaltsangabe: In Timekeeper II, the protagonist, Johnnyboy/Timekeeper, continues the journey begun in the first book, Timekeeper I, although, because of his vision quest on the Sacred Mountain, he can now live up to his Native American?bestowed name and unfold his tale on multiple planes and through multiple blocks of time. This extra angle adds much to Timekeeper II, through his first-person narration, Atkinson takes the reader back in time to experience events only hinted at in Timekeeper I. His experience of prejudice and intolerance from both sides of the family as a half-blood Indian are revealed in poignant vignettes, called up as the protagonist makes a second journey in an effort to better understand his heritage and embrace his role as storyteller (complicated by the fact that he is illiterate for most of the early part of his life). Timekeeper?s ability to seek information through dreams and visions breaks the bounds of traditional storytelling and brings the reader across nearly a century of U.S. history as it relates to the mistreatment of Native Americans by the military and the local townsfolk. Johnnyboy?s struggle to find common ground between the traditional beliefs of his mother and the Christianity of his father?s people provides a lesson for us all. Readers interested in Native American (specifically Sioux) ceremonies such as sweat lodge and sun dance will find the narrative particularly appealing, as will students of shamanism. Atkinson?s prose is in fine form, with plenty more of his colorful expressions like, "worshippers spread out in pews like crushed red pepper on barbequed ribs," that make his writing such a delight to read. ?New Mystics, Joey Madia
Buchbeschreibung Il Piccolo Editions, 2010. Buchzustand: New. This item is printed on demand for shipment within 3 working days. Buchnummer des Verkäufers GM9781926715117
Buchbeschreibung il piccolo editions, 2010. Paperback. Buchzustand: New. First. Buchnummer des Verkäufers SONG192671511X