|:||Costa, Margaret Jull|
|Publisher:||Random House Inc|
|Publish Date:||Sep 2011|
|Number of Pages:||269|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||1.1|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||6.0 x 8.75 x 1.25|
Author Paulo Coelho was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on August 24, 1947. He attended a Jesuit school. As a teenager, Coelho wanted to become a writer. His parents were not in favor of this decision because they wanted something more substantial and secure for him (his father was an engineer). At 17, Coelho's introversion and opposition to his parents led them to commit him to a mental institution (he escaped three times before being released at the age of 20). He then enrolled in law school because of their aspirations for him.
At that point, he abandoned his ideas of becoming a writer. He stayed in law school for one year. In 1986, Coelho walked the 500-plus mile Road of Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain, a turning point in his life. On the path, he had a spiritual awakening, which he described autobiographically in his book, The Pilgrimage. Before becoming a full-time author, he worked as theatre director and actor, lyricist and journalist.
He wrote song lyrics for many famous performers in Brazilian music, such as Elis Regina, Rita Lee, and Raul Seixas. His first book, he'll Archives, was published in 1982. He has written over 25 books since then including The Alchemist, Brida, The Fifth Mountain, The Devil and Miss Prym, Eleven Minutes, The Zahir, The Witch of Portobello, and Like a Flowing River. He has won numerous awards for his work including Las Pergolas Prize 2006 by the Association of Mexican Booksellers, The Budapest Prize, Nielsen Gold Book Award, and the Grand Prix Litteraire Elle. In 1996, Coelho founded the Paulo Coelho Institute, which provides aid to children and elderly people with financial problems. In September 2007, Coelho was named a Messenger of Peace to the United Nations.
Having gotten into a stale routine in life and reaching a spiritual plateau, 59-year-old Paulo is encouraged by his mentor to travel on another spiritual pilgrimage to reinvigorate his faith. His book signings take him through Europe and Africa, and his journey culminates on the Trans-Siberian Railway across Russia. Fatefully, he ends up traveling with Yao, his translator not only in language but in the various spiritual situations Paulo encounters.
But it is Hilal, a young Turkish violinist, who is at the crux of Paulo's problems. She is the reincarnation of a woman whom Paulo had loved and betrayed in a previous life 500 years in the past. It is only by redeeming his past transgressions that his spirituality can progress now.
Verdict: Creating an amalgam of faith and mysticism, internationally renowned Coelho (The Alchemist) here showcases the cross-cultural need for love, hope, and redemption. His latest visionary novel (although the author in a recent New York Times interview[nyti.m's/qH7kPZ] considers this work nonfiction) once again provokes thought and introspection. Sure to be popular with his devotees.
[See Prepub Alert, 3/7/11.] - Joy Gunn, Henderson Dist. P.L., NV
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Transform your life. Rewrite your destiny.
In his most personal novel to date, internationally best-selling author Paulo Coelho returns with a remarkable journey of self-discovery. Like the main character in his much-beloved The Alchemist, Paulo is facing a grave crisis of faith. As he seeks a path of spiritual renewal and growth, he decides to begin again: to travel, to experiment, to reconnect with people and the landscapes around him.
Setting off to Africa, and then to Europe and Asia via the Trans-Siberian Railway, he initiates a journey to revitalize his energy and passion. Even so, he never expects to meet Hilal. A gifted young violinist, she is the woman Paulo loved five hundred years before—and the woman he betrayed in an act of cowardice so far-reaching that it prevents him from finding real happiness in this life. Together they will initiate a mystical voyage through time and space, traveling a path that teaches love, forgiveness, and the courage to overcome life’s inevitable challenges. Beautiful and inspiring, Aleph invites us to consider the meaning of our own personal journeys: Are we where we want to be, doing what we want to do?
Some books are read. Aleph is lived.
This eBook edition includes an excerpt from Paulo Coelho's Manuscript Found in Accra and a Reading Group Guide!
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