1. Welcome to BookAndReader!

    We LOVE books and hope you'll join us in sharing your favorites and experiences along with your love of reading with our community. Registering for our site is free and easy, just CLICK HERE!

    Already a member and forgot your password? Click here.

Paulo Coelho

Discussion in 'Author Discussion' started by Brida, Jul 22, 2004.

  1. Brida

    Brida New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2004
    Messages:
    12
    Likes Received:
    0
    For me is PAULO COELHO ;) I recommend read the books Eleven Minutes,The Valkyries, The Alchemist,The Pilgrimage,The Fifth Mountain,Manual of the warrior of light, By the river Piedra I sat down and wept ..... But my personal favourite so far ELEVEN MINUTES.

    :)
     
  2. Ice

    Ice New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 25, 2004
    Messages:
    3,228
    Likes Received:
    0
    Currently Reading:
    Winterdance
    My favourite of Coelho's work is The Alchemist :) I bought Eleven Minutes a couple of weeks ago but havn't got round to reading it yet :eek:
     
  3. Brida

    Brida New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2004
    Messages:
    12
    Likes Received:
    0
    Eleven Minutes

    It's a very very good book , my second favorite book by Paulo Coelho. I recommend read it.

    "Once upon a time, there was a protitute called Maria.... "
     
  4. Stewart

    Stewart Active Member

    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2004
    Messages:
    7,594
    Likes Received:
    1
    I started The Alchemist yesterday.
     
  5. Daniel

    Daniel New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2004
    Messages:
    28
    Likes Received:
    0
    Currently Reading:
    Something deep and meaningful
    The Alchemist is a wonderful book, though i thought the fairytale style weakened it compared to Veronika Decides to Die.
     
  6. Brida

    Brida New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2004
    Messages:
    12
    Likes Received:
    0
    Did you like The Alchemist?
     
  7. Idun

    Idun Member

    Joined:
    May 23, 2003
    Messages:
    596
    Likes Received:
    1
    Currently Reading:
    Tristram Shandy
    I happened to state my opinion on Paulo Coehlo's writing in another thread (on "The Alchemist") so I'll just quote myself here.

    "I'm sorry if I disappoint you, but I didn't like this book at all. I read it few years ago, so unfortunately I'm not able to comment on the details of the book. I'll try to write about my overall impression.

    What annoys me most about the book is that Coelho is not one of the great writers. It's certainly not a drawback in itself - the problem is that he pretends to be one. I mean, that probably many readers who enjoy his prose are sure that they are reading a piece of literature from the highest level, while they are not.

    Next matter: style of writing, which could be called by some people "magical", or "methaphorical". From what I remember, lots of the maxims made no sense to me, as a result of trying to be too sophisticated. It led to the point where the maxims became incomprehensible and empty. Besides, Coelho's way of writing sounds for me like an incompetent cliche of Saint-Exupery's style.

    Not to mention the fact that many of Coehlo's pieces of advice and "golden thoughts" are so obvious and well-known. There was nothing surprising or catching my attention in his novel. No deeper message in an original form, which I expected."

    and

    "Some people believe that human's happiness is nearby (Confucjusz, for example). No seeking then - be able to live merrily just where you are, make most of the place and its possibilities, be aware that the grass in not greener on the other side. Others prefer seeking as a way of finding happiness, crossing the boudaries of their abilities, changes. To my mind, Coehlo shows both ideas, but doesn't state which one is the true one, which one is the key to achieving real happiness. The result: no message, but mess."

    It's my personal opinion, based on "The Alchemist" only. I was so disencouraged, that I haven't read any of Coehlo's later books.
     
  8. Thea

    Thea New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 7, 2004
    Messages:
    137
    Likes Received:
    0
    Currently Reading:
    Lord Foul's Bane - Stephen Donaldson
    Idun, I felt largely the same about The Alchemist. I was so unimpressed that I'm not in the least bit interested in reading his other books.
     
  9. Idun

    Idun Member

    Joined:
    May 23, 2003
    Messages:
    596
    Likes Received:
    1
    Currently Reading:
    Tristram Shandy
    I'm glad I'm not the only one who doesn't like Coehlo here. :)

    I've recently read an interview with Coehlo and was very surprised that a man who attempts to teach his readers morality, spirituality and how to live your life rightly, can have such views on his own life...Sad.
     
  10. Beatrycze

    Beatrycze New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2003
    Messages:
    214
    Likes Received:
    0
    Idun, the story "Alchemist" is based on, the legend of man travelling and having treasure in his own house is actually very old. I've heard this legend in many versions, there is even the Polish one, in which he travels from Gdańsk to Prague.
    IMO, this tale's moral on happiness is that even when we have happiness in hand we must do something to deserve it.
     
  11. Idun

    Idun Member

    Joined:
    May 23, 2003
    Messages:
    596
    Likes Received:
    1
    Currently Reading:
    Tristram Shandy
    And there is even an animated version for children about a Silly Goat (Koziołek Matołek in Polish), who, a poor animal, "was looking throughout the wide world something which is very close." :p
    Jefferson wrote that all men have an inborn right to happiness; I don't remember him mentioning that any deserving is required. :D
     
  12. Brida

    Brida New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2004
    Messages:
    12
    Likes Received:
    0
    I respect your opinion of course but I think all of Paulo Coelho books are very very good, nice, clean, simple and profound at the same time.
    The Alchemist is an all time classic for me , I've read the lastest one "Eleven Minutes" and IT'S also excellent. I recommend it to all my friends.

    For me Paulo Coelho is the most influential authors writing today. :)

    "When you want something the entire Universe conspires in helping you to achieve it " :)


    Marcia
     
  13. Idun

    Idun Member

    Joined:
    May 23, 2003
    Messages:
    596
    Likes Received:
    1
    Currently Reading:
    Tristram Shandy
    Could you write what is the meaning of this book? I can find none, but maybe I pay too much attention to wrong aspects. How do you think, what are Coehlo's views on happiness?
    Where exactly do you see such a huge Coehlo's influence?
     
  14. Beatrycze

    Beatrycze New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2003
    Messages:
    214
    Likes Received:
    0
    Coehlo's view on happiness is:
    Maybe Jefferson wouldn't agree, but I do... :)
     
  15. Crystal

    Crystal kickbox

    Joined:
    Feb 23, 2004
    Messages:
    1,711
    Likes Received:
    0
    I agree as well! :)


    I liked this! :)
     
  16. Thea

    Thea New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 7, 2004
    Messages:
    137
    Likes Received:
    0
    Currently Reading:
    Lord Foul's Bane - Stephen Donaldson
    I want to be Angelina Jolie.

    Well, Universe? I'm waiting!
     
  17. True@1stLight

    True@1stLight New Member

    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2004
    Messages:
    720
    Likes Received:
    0
    Currently Reading:
    The Satanic Verses
    Liking and wishing for it to be so doesn't make it true though. Just an opinion, but it seems to take responsibility and weight off of people's shoulder's if they believe things are controlled by something far greater or more vast than themselves. We often seem to convince ourselves as humans of the things that we want to believe because we like the results better than the alternative. Just a thought...haven't read Coelho any, perhaps I should sometime.
     
  18. Crystal

    Crystal kickbox

    Joined:
    Feb 23, 2004
    Messages:
    1,711
    Likes Received:
    0

    yes, you are right. :)
     
  19. Halo

    Halo New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 6, 2003
    Messages:
    3,589
    Likes Received:
    1
    Currently Reading:
    Kushiel's Dart & V for Vendetta
    If you like Coelho, you may like to know that www.thebookpeople.co.uk are currently selling eight of his books in a pack for £9.99!! The books are: Eleven Minutes; The Alchemist; The Fifth Mountain; The Pilgrimage; By the River Piedra...; The Devil and Miss Prym; The Valkyries and Veronika Decides to Die. Bargain!! :)
     
  20. The.Zahir

    The.Zahir New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2005
    Messages:
    18
    Likes Received:
    0
    Currently Reading:
    Paulo Coelho "Warrior of the Light Manual"
    Paulo Coelho - the "Phenomena"

    Brazilian author Paulo Coelho has long proven to be a special phenomena as a writer. After having been an excellent student when it came to writing texts and after a remarkable career as a song writer for famous singers, among them Raúl Seixas, in his homecountry Brazil, Coelho became famous in the whole world thanks to "The Alchemist".

    Since the world wide publication of "The Alchemist", a fable about a Spanish shepard boy in search of his treasure, Paulo Coelho has published at least one novel every two years. Each of his books has had a tremendous repercussion on the book markets of many nations. Paulo Coelho has thus become one of the most translated book authors in the world.

    Loved by many and hated by a few, Paulo Coelho is a hero writer of our times. He sets trends by simply sharing about his personal thoughts and experiences.

    With every new book he manages to reinvent himself freshly as is proven again in his latest novel, "The Zahir", a story about obsessive love. Apart from the world of books, Paulo Coelho is for long present with online reflections and a bi-monthly newsletter that he sends out to his readers through http://www.warriorofthelight.com

    It would be nice to exchange opinions on how Paulo Coelho deals with certain topics!

    Cheers
    :)



    "The search for happiness is purely personal and not a model we can give to others." The Pilgrimage
    http://www.paulocoelho.com
    http://www.warriorofthelight.com
     

Share This Page