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Mind-body healing guru Chopra takes another swing at fiction, although earlier efforts, including 1995's The Return of Merlin, never matched the huge success of his nonfiction titles like The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success. Appropriately, his latest tale tries to dramatize the way every soul must live through countless lifetimes, repeating particular experiences and lessons until it lets love, truth and bliss flow freely. Rajah is a young Indian-American intern in a psychiatric ward at a busy contemporary New York City hospital. Although he is engaged to Maya, who's Indian, educated and lovely, Raja falls madly for beautiful red-haired actress Molly, who seems to him to be a soul mate and a teacher, with her uncanny intuition and healing powers. The affair is at a fever pitch when Molly drops dead. Lucky for Raj, his lover returns, not as a ghost but as a huggably attractive soul who pops up to spoon-feed him just the right advice to heal psychiatric patients who have resisted every other method. Putting aside his cold Western medical training, Raja learns to heal with touch and love, counseled by Molly that "the soul wants to be seen." Predictably, Raja is put on leave by the hospital. He doesn't mind, however, that the incredibly tolerant Maya agrees to learn to be his soul mate in spite of his love for the invisible Molly. "You won't have me until you see through Raj," he counsels. "I won't have you until I see through Maya." Unfortunately, many readers will see through this wish-fullfilling fantasy and realize that it offers few of the pleasures of accomplished fiction. (Sept.) Forecast: Despite Chopra's high profile, and despite the proven appeal of similar otherworldly guidance novels like James Redfield's The Celestine Prophecy, this cerebral fable's lack of drama and excitement and the staleness of its message make it doubtful that it will click with a lot of readers.

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This is Chopra's second foray into fiction, following the forgettable Return of Merlin (1995). Although packed with lots of Chopra-type alternative spirituality, this somewhat awkward romance also lacks the appeal of the author's nonfiction. Raj Rabban is a young intern working in a psychiatric ward at a New York City hospital. He is happily engaged to Maya, a beautiful, selfless Indian woman, but suddenly falls madly and inexplicably in love with Molly, a beautiful young actress he meets on the subway. Unfortunately, Molly, a somewhat spooky person who comes complete with intuitive and healing powers, dies suddenly of an unexplained ailment. She isn't gone forever, though, because her soul-ghost returns to comfort Raj and provide him with the wisdom and teaching he needs not only to become a great and wise doctor but also to achieve absolute freedom and spiritual bliss. Chopra has written more than 26 best-selling books and has significant name recognition, both of which will generate demand. Kathleen Hughes
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult; English Language edition (September 10, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399147985
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399147982
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,367,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lynn C. Tolson on April 17, 2005
Format: Paperback
Review of "Soulmate" (a novel) by Deepak Chopra. Published by Putnam, 2001, 290 pages, ISBN: 0-399-14798-5.
I chose to review this book because I've been a fan of the mind-body-spirit leader and author Deepak Chopra. I had the pleasure of attending an event featuring him at the Unity Church in Dallas, TX. Dr. Chopra had a charismatic stage presence, and a message of healing that riveted the audience. After reading several of his non-fiction works, including "Creating Affluence" and "The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success" and "The Path to Love," I wanted to discover how this esteemed author handled fiction.

The main character of the book is a New York City doctor named Raj who is doing an internship in psychiatry. His days are full, yet he feels empty. Although the first paragraph states that Raj "had yet to fall in love" he is already engaged to a social worker named Maya. Call it coincidence or fate, Raj rescues a woman dressed for a wedding on the subway because she is being harassed by "a couple of punks." The opening conversation between the two characters is trite and incredulous. The narrator describes Molly as a popular Broadway lead actress who was a "frantic bridesmaid stuck in midtown traffic with a beat-up car that dies at the worst possible moment. Unable to resuscitate it, she ditches and runs." If you've ever been to New York City, you'd know that taxis are readily available. If a Broadway actress indeed owns a car (most NYC residents don't even drive) the vehicle would be a more reliable ride than the jalopy he describes. Furthermore, Molly claims "to plead with someone to give me subway fare" indicating that she did not carry money. Thus, the knight (Raj) rescues the damsel in distress (Molly) which (in my opinion) is a cliché rendered in fairy tales.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By George Brown on November 6, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Deepak Chopra has been making inroads in the fiction field for several years, and this is his best novel to date. Its theme is definitely inspiring and New Age, a love story that brings two people together, only to separate them after the heroine dies suddenly. The first part of Soulmate is about the romance between Raj, a young doctor in New York, and Molly, an actress he meets on the subway. The second, more metaphysical part of the story, takes place after Molly's death when she apparently returns to tell Raj about the true meaning of love and death. I found the style very readable, a real page turner. But the most enjoyable part was to hear Deepak discuss the great question of how love survives death. This is a story of personal redemption that really touches the reader.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jean on July 6, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I truly loved this book. Its a fast read, but a great story. I havent read anything else by Deepak Chopra but this is among my top favorite books. I am an avid reader!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 16, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
First I congratulate Mr. Chopra on writing this piece for the fiction genre. This was a really good book. I have to admit thought, that the true essence of it may be lost to the average reader, unless they are farmiliar with Chopra's philosophies (and not just his) on the mind-body connection, consciousness and of course, Love! It's not the usual romance... its Love of a higher level. He touches on love and death and life as it really is, as it should be. Each of us is a spark of divinity, a link to the other, a part of a whole called consciousness. The Athma! Chopra merged it all into fictional characters and characterization. I loved his medical jargon and psychiatric/pharmacological stanse.

It's a lovely story of love ... the true meaning and power of love!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By George Brown on November 5, 2001
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Deepak Chopra has been making inroads in the fiction field for several years, and this is his best novel to date. Its theme is definitely inspiring and New Age, a love story that brings two people together, only to separate them after the heroine dies suddenly. The first part of Soulmate is about the romance between Raj, a young doctor in New York, and Molly, an actress he meets on the subway. The second, more metaphysical part of the story, takes place after Molly's death when she apparently returns to tell Raj about the true meaning of love and death. I found the style very readable, a real page turner. But the most enjoyable part was to hear Deepak discuss the great question of how love survives death. This is a story of personal redemption that really touches the reader.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Megan M. Stoecklin on July 14, 2007
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Although this book is very different then many of Chopra's, it is an outstanding story. This book is more of a story then Deepak's usual guide like books. I found this book touched me like no other story ever has. It will remain on my book shelf for many years to come.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By aMisha on February 14, 2006
Format: Paperback
This was the first and only Deepak Chopra book I have read to date. I thought it was an excellent read. It was emotionally draining for me, though. After I finished reading this book, I couldn't think of anything else for a week. It's a part of my collection!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By The spiral integralwizard on January 22, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is Deepak's second try with fiction. I am just not sure why I like it.
I would recommend it to anybody who has done trainings with Deepak. Or for those who are fascinated by this teachings. And, boy, he is a very good teacher. His books, tapes, CD's and trainings about the mind/body connection are groundbreaking and practical. This book will help you in learning more and deeper. As a learning tool this is effective.
As fiction... as a novel to read, with a glass of wine beside the couch? I am not sure. I like his entertainment efforts in poetry and music much better.
The story is revealed in some other reviews, so I leave it right here and now:
Good foor students and Deepak-fans,
...forgettable for other folks.
Go out and buy his CD with Dave Stewart though.
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