Child of the Dawn: A Magical Journey of Awakening

Gautama Chopra, Author, Deepak Chopra, Foreword by, Gotham Chopra, Author Amber-Allen Publishing $16 (180p) ISBN 978-1-878424-24-2
This first novel by the 21-year-old son of bestselling author Deepak Chopra is a parable based on the elder Chopra's wildly popular guide, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success. A lost, lonely, 12-year-old Indian orphan, Hakim, embarks on a quest for the secrets of power and enduring happiness, only to discover that the source of everything he seeks can be found only within. Thematically, the book is too obvious, unfolding seamlessly and predictably, with none of the organic twists and turns of real myths and parables Even the most credulous readers will smile at the fortunate timing of Hakim's auspicious encounters. He meets myriad Indian characters who teach him, among other things, the secrets of meditation and karmic reaction. While he gleans insight into the true nature of life, death and good and evil, however, the young searcher is pursued by his former orphanage master, who wishes to corrupt him with the knowledge of how to obtain power and wealth. Not surprisingly, it is only when Hakim has resisted temptation, realized that ""wisdom exists within everyone"" and learned that dreams really can come true that his journey ends. Chopra tends his bar adequately, lining up shots of spiritual platitudes for thirsty readers to swallow. 100,000 first printing; $100,000 ad/promo; author tour. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 09/02/1996
Release date: 09/01/1996
Paperback - 208 pages - 978-1-878424-38-9
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