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Possessing the secret of joy

Author: Alice Walker
Publisher: New York : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, ©1992.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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Possessing the Secret of Joy is the story of Tashi, a tribal African woman who lives much of her adult life in North America. As a young woman, a misguided loyalty to the customs of her people led her to voluntarily submit to the tsunga's knife and be genitally mutilated (pharoanoically circumcised). Severely traumatized by this experience, she spends the rest of her life battling madness, trying desperately through  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Psychological fiction
Black novels
Fiction
Novels (texts)
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Walker, Alice, 1944-
Possessing the secret of joy.
New York : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, ©1992
(OCoLC)643887745
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alice Walker
ISBN: 0151731527 9780151731527 0224035274 9780224035279 0671789457 9780671789459
OCLC Number: 25373376
Description: x, 286 pages ; 25 cm
Responsibility: Alice Walker.
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Possessing the Secret of Joy is the story of Tashi, a tribal African woman who lives much of her adult life in North America. As a young woman, a misguided loyalty to the customs of her people led her to voluntarily submit to the tsunga's knife and be genitally mutilated (pharoanoically circumcised). Severely traumatized by this experience, she spends the rest of her life battling madness, trying desperately through psychotherapy - she is treated by disciples of both Freud and C.G. Jung, and even by Jung himself - to regain the ability to recognize her own reality and to feel. It is only with the help of the most unlikely ally she can imagine that she begins to study the mythological "reasons" invented by her ancient ancestors for what was done to her and to millions of other women and girls over thousands of years. As her understanding grows, so does her capacity to encounter her overwhelming grief. Underneath this grief is her glowing anger. Anger propels her to act. Action brings both feeling - life, the ability to exist with awareness in the moment - and death, of which she finds she has completely lost her fear. While not a sequel to The Color Purple or The Temple of My Familiar, Possessing the Secret of Joy follows the life of a barely-glimpsed character from those books. Combining fact and fiction, communing with the spirits of the living and the dead, Alice Walker in this novel strikes with graceful power at the heart of one of the most controversial issues of our time.

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