Posts Tagged ‘book’

Eleven Minutes

April 21, 2011

After reading The Alchemist for the second time I went to the library and picked up a few other books by Paulo Coelho and ended up reading Eleven Minutes first.

Like The Alchemist, this story is also about a dreamer, very inspirational and it teaches you one or other things.

However, the setting is completely different. Maria, a Brazilian in her early twenties travels from the rural countryside to Rio de Janeiro to see the ocean. At the beach she’s recruited as a samba dancer by a Swiss cabaret owner and that’s where her adventure really sets off.

Obviously, once in Geneva, it’s not what she had expected.

Eleven Minutes depicts the meanings of sex, so a great way to explore it, is of course from the standpoint of a prostitute. It wasn’t really what I was expecting from Paulo Coelho. The Alchemist is magical, almost like a fairy tale whereas Eleven Minutes is realistic, portraying the naked truth.

But then it’s based on true stories, which gives it credibility. Funny though is that in a fairy tale style it starts with the line “Once upon a time…”

I really want to read some more Paulo Coelho books, hopefully in the near future.

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The Alchemist

February 6, 2011

It’s magical and at times you will forget that it’s fiction. Actually, I was probably hoping, really wishing for, that some of it was reality.

Still, it’s a wise story about a Spanish shepherd boy on a journey through the North African desert to fulfill his destiny. He meets many wise men along the way and the love of his life.

I read The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho for the first time for about ten years ago and remembered that it was the best book I had ever read. At least one of the best. I was about 17-18 and had no idea what my destiny was. At the time I probably thought I knew.

I still don’t really know what my destiny is but I like to think that I have a better idea of what it could be.

A while ago I found an abandoned bag with books near a train station and picked up The Alchemist. I had forgotten what it was really about. I’m sure it was a sign that I should read it again.

Santiago, the shepherd boy learns to see the signs and understand them. The story will open your senses. At least for a while. Until then follow your dreams. But when you search for it, it may take you far away for you to later realise that it was around the corner.

Next time my memory fades I hope to have found a copy of The Alchemist in Portuguese. It’ll be interesting to read it in its original language. Like films that are dubbed, are always different when you hear the actors real voices.