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Daughters of Joy: A Novel of Spiritual Adventure Hardcover – November 11, 2002


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult (November 11, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399149481
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399149481
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.9 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,321,645 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Inspirational guru Chopra proves, as he did with previous fictional forays (including Soulmate and The Return of Merlin), that he's not a novelist. While the spiritual energy that inspires millions to spend billions on Chopra's books and seminars hovers like an aura around the novel, it fails to enliven the aimless plot or cardboard characters. Jess Conover is the dubious hero, a 28-year-old writer wandering listlessly through life in Boston. One day, a newspaper ad catches his eye. The ad reads: "Love has found you. Tell no one, just come." A life-altering journey begins. Jess heads to New Hampshire, where he meets elderly Dolly and lovely young Elena, two spiritually energized women who draw him into their mystical lives devoted to love. Even readers eager to suspend disbelief will find themselves resisting, not because the events related are so incredible but because they are so vague. The barely defined narrative progresses as Jess becomes leader of a "mystery school" and the two women impart bits of cryptic wisdom. Their pronouncements not only sound mysterious, but remain so for the simple reason that they function more as soothing mantras than meaningful life lessons. Hollow phrases like "Love makes the world possible" and "Nothing exists without you" are made to signify everything and nothing. The writing is serviceable, but the story and message are forgettable. Chopra's nonfiction fans might be willing to give the book a go, hoping for fictional fulfillment, but chances are even they will be disappointed.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Chopra here uses fiction to send a message about healing: struggling writer Jeff meets Elena, who turns out to be the leader of a centuries-old mystery school called the Daughters of Joy.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

Deepak Chopra, M.D.
Founder of The Chopra Foundation
Founder of YouTube/TheChopraWell
Founder of The Chopra Center for Wellbeing
Senior Scientist, The Gallup Organization
www.deepakchopra.com
www.facebook.com/DeepakChopraCommunity
www.twitter.com/deepakchopra

As a global leader and pioneer in the field of mind-body medicine, Chopra transforms the way the world views physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and social wellness. Known as a prolific author of over sixty-five books with twenty New York Times best sellers in both the fiction and non fiction categories.

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I have to thank this book for more reasons than one!
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His characters are fully developed and richly woven into their relationships.
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Anyone looking for enlightenment will enjoy this book.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By George Brown on November 18, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I am a longtime fan of Deepak Chopra's career, and despite the editorial review listed above, I found Daughters of Joy to contain great inspiration. It is definitely an inspirational novel with lots of lessons contained in the story--the book ends with fifty pages of direct question and answers about the issue of love and personal growth. So if you expect straight romance, this isn't the novel for you. However, I don't think that was the author's purpose. This is a direct, attempt to confront society's need for love as a saving grace, and the hero does ssomething not a lot of men whoud dare to do: he accepts a woman as his teacher and guide. For that alone, I think Duahgters of Joy is worthwhile. I wound up admiring the book and was glad I read it. Thank you, Dr. Chopra for continuing to get the message out.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By L. Harmon on April 20, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I recommend reading this book ONLY if you have done your spiritual work, otherwise you probably won't get the message, which is, by the way, incredibly powerful and life changing! It isn't until you weave your way through the story that the true pearls of wisdom show up in plain english. I am so grateful to Deepak for being the vessel through which we can transform our lives. And whether you know it or not, the only thing you've ever wanted is Love.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Donna Miesbach on July 27, 2004
Format: Paperback
For those of us who are enamored with Deepak Chopra's work, this delightful book will not be a disappointment. Intriguing life principles are cleverly woven into such an unlikely story that the reader finds him/herself truly engaged in the unfolding of a story that both informs and entertains, leaving one with gems of wisdom to ponder as we move through our own mystical journey.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lissa Coffey, Host of coffeytalk.com VINE VOICE on November 11, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I love the way Deepak Chopra writes. He is a modern day storyteller. His characters are fully developed and richly woven into their relationships. Soulmate was so poignant, and Daughters of Joy is even better! The truths explored cry out to be heard in today's troubled times. I can't wait for his next novel!
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