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text 2019-06-06 16:55
The Alchemist
The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A very good friend of mine from Overseas or completely other part of the world introduced this novel to me as one of those novels that completely change and transform human lives from worse to and for the better, and to be perfectly honest with you, I was also intrigued by it and very happy and ready to read it, because I've read the same author's novel titled Winner Stands Alone which so perfectly and so masterfully unveiled the other side of celebrity and the other side of fame. Well, since I've read a large number of novels that were also credited by some of their avid readers as life-changing, I sort of thought that I knew what to expect from this novel, but needless to say I was very much surprised and eventually also pretty much amazed by it, by the journey or spiritual mission or spiritual path that's within it, and I've got to say that if you haven't read a life-changing novel yet, this is definitely one of them. It's not the best one out there that you can read and learn from, for I give a very large credit to that to "Zoo at the Edge of the World" and "Girl in Translation", but it's definitely inspirational, and you definitely shall learn something from it, and who knows, maybe what you shall learn from it, shall be powerful enough to influence your life in a truly and in a very positive way.  

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review 2018-12-19 13:52
The Winner Stands Alone
The Winner Stands Alone - Paulo Coelho

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What exactly is fame? Is fame really worth losing your soul over? I for one believe fame is a tool that drives two sides of humanity apart and that it's not worth of losing your soul over, for five minutes of fame that can get as easily taken away from you as they are given. But still some people desire fame and lust for fame, for they don't know other, and they don't see a much bigger picture that's locked away behind perverse doors of infamous entertainment industry. This book deals with such perspective of things, traps that are kept hidden far away from the naked and gullible eye, and it's that what makes this book so special and a truly worthy read worth remembering for many generations to come. 

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review 2018-11-21 08:46
Got Gusticed for 5/10
The Zahir - Paulo Coelho,Margaret Jull Costa

Score: 5/10

My wife is always right. As they all are…

…would be, I’m sure, a very polarising beginning of a review which is aimed to connect, so I will start a little differently.

(I’m sure though, I would get some “Totally know what you are talking about…” Just sayin’…)

She (my wife) said: “I think he is writing his books only to seduce as many women as possible…”

And she (still my wife) is absolutely right and he (Pablo) even admits so much in this book and he thinks it’s even good, which it probably is, but THAT just can’t be IT…

Now tell me honestly, when reading Coelho, don’t you get that feeling “I don’t believe him to be that enlighted as he pretends to be.”? Or better yet, don’t you wish him to be a little more spiritually advanced person than he is (in those autobiographic ones)? Wouldn’t it be a good sign? Don’t you feel like you are “following” the wrong “messiah” when reading him?

I think it’s because of this. I think it really is because his books (as good and life-changing as they are – a MAJOR KUDOS for that) are soaked in that self-insecurity and it would be ok if they wouldn’t be written in that Let-me-tell-you-how-to-live mode, but they are.

And again, there are some beauties (ideas) in this book too (mainly- live everyday as if it was your first, i.e. forget your previous life thingy – it’s a rich one and I ABSOLUTELLY love the concept of strange people meeting up to discuss their personal problems, to share also their mishaps, we, usually, so desperately try to burn within), but the most telling thing has to be the fact that the backside of the cover reads:

“His books have had a life-enhancing impact on millions of people.”

– Nothing noteworthy about this book in particular, eh?



And yeah there is an antidote for this (disease?). As a matter of fact, I would so want return the favour Pablo has given me, in particular, by making him read this: Slow Sex by Diana Richardson (https://www.amazon.com/Slow-Sex-Fulfilling-Sustainable-Sexuality/dp/159477367X) . BUT, I have some doubts about us being able to make him do so and I haven’t finished the book yet, so I’am a bit reluctant to make Pablo to waste his time in case it turns out for a bad one… So Pablo, if you are reading, don’t press that “Proceed to checkout” button in just yet!

Favourite line (And it’s so good that I do these, as going through all my low-dog-ears I realised that there was in fact many of a beautiful thoughts in this one…(6/10 perhaps?):

“My dream is now realisable, but if I try and fail, I don’t know what the rest of my life will be like; that’s why it’s better to live cherishing a dream than face the possibility that it might all come to nothing.”

https://somethingreallyeasytospell.com/portfolio/paulo-coelho-the-zahir/

Source: somethingreallyeasytospell.com/portfolio/paulo-coelho-the-zahir
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text 2018-10-30 10:09
October wrap-up
The Magic Cottage - James Herbert
Force of Chaos: The Coming of Age of the Antichrist - Lin Senchaid
Hippie - Paulo Coelho
End Times: Rise of the Undead - Shane Carrow
The Amulet Thief - Luanne Bennett
The Second Sister (Amendyr Book 1) - Rae D. Magdon
The Moor - John Haysom
The Cask of Amontillado - Edgar Allan Poe
Dark Ride - P.G. Kassel

Well, 9 books for the month isn't bad. I accepted a week ago that I just haven't been able to read fast enough to expect to finish any more, even though I have several still in progress. Maybe saving my longer books for the second month of Bingo wasn't the best strategy. Oh well, it's been enjoyable anyway.

 

Of the above list, I would happily recommend any of the first 4 (yes, even the zombie book). The others were mostly decent reads. The only disappointment was The Amulet Thief. I had high hopes for that one but found it boring.

 

So not a bad month over all. I haven't managed Bingo blackout. I will finish my Bingo books in progress. There are 6 of them and 3 of those are Netgalley reads. I also have 6 more Netgalley books not yet started. Guess what I'll be doing for November!

 

Only one of my Bingo books never got started, the Mary Shelley. From what I've heard it's a bit slow, but I want to read it anyway. Whether I do it soon or save it for next year is yet to be seen. My priority for the moment is shifting to Netgalley commitments.

 

I also want to have a blitz of my samples. I may not get to it in November with so many Netgalley books but I'd like to just take some time to sit and read them, keeping in mind that many never take more than a couple of pages to reject. Whether I do any holiday reads this year may depend on how far I get with both samples and Netgalley. I'd like to start the new year with a clear samples folder, though I find it easy to slip in short books. I'll let my mood take me where it will.

 

Bingo has been fun. I expect to get one more from tomorrow's call, but that's it for me. Next year I'll make sure I don't lumber myself with any bricks!

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review 2018-10-23 13:24
Hippie
Hippie - Paulo Coelho

by Paul Coelho

 

Non-fiction

 

This is an interesting take on an interesting era. It's the 1960s-1970s and all over the world people are questioning social structures and getting experimental with everything from drugs to free love to world travel for the purpose of spiritual awakening. So many documentaries have been made about the era, usually focusing on London or New York or San Francisco. This one is written from the perspective of someone from Brazil.

 

He makes the pilgrimage to Machu Pichu and discovers that the high altitude can be dealt with by chewing Coca leaves, gets arrested as a terrorist because his girlfriend is from a Communist block country and goes through many other adventures that are generated by the times and social movements.

 

I found it fascinating to see his travels through the eyes of someone who wasn't either American or English. His time in Amsterdam made me smile as my own visits to the city, decades later, were very similar.

 

The writing was wonderful and had a certain dreamy quality that seems to come with writers from South America. This was a trip of nostalgia for a time and place I've never been and was a very enjoyable read.

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