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Heretic's Heart: A Journey through Spirit and Revolution Paperback – August 1, 1998
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The three-star rating is a composite of my reading experience. The first seven chapters of Heretic’s Heart were enthralling. In these chapters, Adler recounts her experiences at the epicenter of U.S. sociopolitical trends during the first half of the twentieth century. The granddaughter of psychiatrist Alfred Adler, Margot was born a red-diaper baby on the eve of McCarthyism. She went on to attend the progressive City and Country School and the High School of Music and Art. From there, she moved to Berkeley, where she was jailed for her participation in the Free Speech Movement. Between her freshman and sophomore college years, she enlisted in the Mississippi Summer Project of ’64. Throughout, Adler maintains a modest view of her own contribution to civil and human rights revolutions.
The book went south for me around page 172, where Adler inserts verbatim correspondence between herself and Marc Anderson, a reluctant soldier in Vietnam. Neither Adler’s nor Anderson’s observations about the war or the home front are particularly insightful. After that longueur, the book fast-forwards through the next three decades. My curiosity about how and why Adler chose journalism, got married, had a child, and converted from secular Judaism to Wicca were never satisfied.
If you’re interested in first-person accounts of growing up in the fifties and sixties, I recommend the first half of this memoir. However, if you’re looking for a better understanding of modern Wicca or feminist spirituality, seek elsewhere!
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Interesting biography detailing the life of a UC Berkeley student in the 60's.Published 6 months ago by Badwine
Could not put it down . Lived through the same years - born only a few years earlier than Margo Adler. I know I will read it again!Published 11 months ago by Pamela Leino-Mills
This is a great read for anyone interested in the countercultural streams in America that have given birth to neopaganism.Published 18 months ago by Bron Taylor
I totally enjoyed this book about the 60s. I grew up during this time and this gives me a whole new perspective to the events!Published on July 9, 2013 by Melanie Towner
Margot's personal account of the goings on at Berkeley in the 70's is fascinating. Her pen pal relationship with an American GI opposed to the war is a great part of this... Read morePublished on July 1, 2013 by Lisa Haugen
I was on a spiritual quest or exploration and found this book to be informative and enlightening. It is always interesting to see how someone else is traversing the path to their... Read morePublished on February 26, 2013 by Carol Masters
A stunning example of the power of saved letters to inform and illuminate history, along with self-disclosure and good humor.Published on January 26, 2013 by JS