Posts Tagged ‘prostitute’

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.

The Diary of a Brazilian Call Girl

August 16, 2009

It’s a Cinderella story, kind of.

The Scorpion’s Sweet Venom: The Diary of a Brazilian Call Girl by Bruna Surfistinha.  It’s Bruna’s own story of how she left home at 17 to own her living as a prostitute.

With a middle-class background, she always kept her standards and with an open-minded attitude, she was willing to try anything requested by her clients. Many stories that are detailed in the book.

She first went to live in a whore house but as her career progressed she got herself her own apartment and her own clients.

Very entertaining book to read and for some it probably works as a guide. The clients were happy to share their stories with Bruna, who at many occasions acted as a counsellor.

It’s the positive side of prostitution and how some can get lucky that is portrayed in this story.

Bruna did use drugs and not everything was fancy pansy. The fact that she had an education and came from a wealthy family plays a big role. She starts her own blog gaining unexpected popularity, through the business she meets her husband, leaves the prostitute profession and lives happily ever after… like Cinderella.

Bruna Surfistinha is the pseudonym of Raquel Pacheco.