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The Valkyries: An Encounter with Angels

3.3 of 5 stars 3.30  ·  rating details  ·  13,582 ratings  ·  598 reviews
A Magical Tale About Forgiving Our Past and Believing in Our Future

The enchanting, true story of The Valkyries begins in Rio de Janeiro when author Paulo Coelho gives his mysterious master J., the only manuscript for his book The Alchemist. Haunted by a devastating curse, Coelho confesses to J., "I've seen my dreams fall apart just when I seemed about to achieve them." In
ebook, 114 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published 1988)
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What i learned from this book? The reason why we always try to destroy the things/people we love. And what our angels really look like. And how to "broaden our horizons."

They said this was the most "boring" book Coelho ever wrote. I say they're wrong.
Okay. This may sound like I'm dumb or something, but really, I didn't get the point of this novel. I read from somewhere that the book is about "journey of faith, of trust, of forgiveness, of love, of self-discovery, and of battling the darkness within ourselves, and wanting to change". Okay, so I got these messages, but only vaguely. In addition, I read somewhere that this book is semi-biographical - but is it? Did all those events REALLY happen? I find myself wondering which events were real, ...more
Lily Wren
I do usually enjoy Coelho's books and often take something inspiring away from them however, with The Valkyries I am not too sure. Coelho tells the story of his spiritual journey and experiences gained travelling through the desert. Throughout the journey we witness Coelho fighting his inner demons and working towards spiritual enlightenment and self development. We are also introduced to his wife Chris who accompanies Coelho and, in her own way, faces her own inner struggles and spiritual enlig ...more
Lamski Kikita
Nov 07, 2008 Lamski Kikita rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Coelho lovers
Why do we ever forget our long conversations with angels as children?

We all grow up and deny wonderful spiritual experiences only to try so hard to find them again as adults.

The book tells of Coelho's journey in the late 80s with his wife in the Mojave desert in search of a band of warrior women dressed in leather preaching about faith called the Valkyries, so he can learn from them how to see his guardian angel.

My favorite part was when the leader of the valkyries told Paulo that he needs not j
I never pay too much attention to the plot of Coelho books because the plot is merely a means of this author to get his point across. The chapters of this book do culminate in to a satisfying climax, however the messages in the book are woven in to the detail of the text throughout rather than the end.

I found the third person narrative quite annoying to begin with, it is very perplexing to me as to why someone would choose to write about themselves in the third person. However writing is a cont
رواية مذهلة !!!
لا تخلو أعمال باولو كويلو من ذاك الجزء الخيالي صعب التصديق ، لكن هذه الرواية كانت الأقرب للواقع ،
استطعت الارتباط بمعظم مواقفها و حوارها و أفكارها
ربما لان باولو جعل من نفسه و زوجته ابطال هذه المغامرة
مغامرة تحفز كل شخص لايجاد الأفضل في نفسه ، لتوسيع مداركه ، تعلمه ان لكل شيء حدان
اعجبني أنه أكد أن الإنسان هو وسيلة لارادة عظمى ( الملائكة بنظره ) و أن على الإنسان أن يساعد ملاكه لحمايته ( الأخذ بالأسباب )
و لربما كانت قراءتي للرواية باللغة الانكليزية من اهم عوامل إعجابي بها ^_^
Feb 08, 2011 jzhunagev rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to jzhunagev by: the "Voice"
Angels Brought me Here
(A book Review of Paulo Coelho's The Valkyries)

In the Author’s Note at the back of this book Paulo Coelho said: "Anyone who has read The Valkyries, will know that this book is very different from The Pilgrimage, The Alchemist and Brida" — true enough it is.

The Valkyries sets off in Brazil when Paulo’s Master, J., gives him (yet another) a task: "to break the curse" by speaking with his angels. One week later, he and his wife Christina are on the road to the starkly beautif
This book was more journey than I had thought it would be. It was a personal story of the author and his wife and sometimes I felt uncomfortable by how much was shared. But I also learned more about spiritual quests and how far people can take them. It is like anything else in that it is whatever you want to make it. The story was inspiring for that quest. Some of it was hard to imagine such as the motorcycle group of women touring the US with an intense quest for passing along spiritual knowled ...more
This marks the 9th book I've read of Coelho's. I have to say I purposely put this one and the Fifth mountain to later reading because I felt like they weren't easy to understand. I was right, because I found myself getting lost many times throughout this book, and the delicious moment where reader connects to author's message was found nearing the epilogue.

I wasn't interested in motorcycles, much less motorcyclists and lesbians behaving as motorcyclists to boot. So this was a little incredulous,
Florence Lyon
This is a novel about Paulo's journey to find his guardian angel as advised by the master of his secret order. His wife joins him on this one and the story is told in the third person. It starts in Rio and somehow and some reason I forget, they go to the Mojave Desert. Foolishly, one day they go on an outing into the desert and get sunstroke. Luckily, they are rescued and spend a couple of days recovering.

The Valkyries turn out to be a bunch of biker chicks or " warrior women" they meet at a tru
I was so taken by this book. I've had it for sometime but with most of Coelho's stories, I cannot get into them unless they seem relevant to my own life.
THere is a page long passage in the epilogue. I believe, my reason for reading this book when I did was to come across this passage. It's starts off:
"The day will come when the problem of hunger can be solved through the miracle of the multiplication of the bread[…]"
Lovely story. And I'm sure Valhalla was the female placing the flowers at the si
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The Valkyries is my third Coelho. I asked for it for Christmas, having picked a Coelho title at random, and now that I’ve read it, I think that it’s perfect that I read this one third, after By The River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept and The Alchemist. This is the incredibly personal, true story of Paulo Coelho’s life journey from Satan worshiper to spiritual magus, to an emotionally frantic man searching for his guardian angel.

To underst
In "The Valkyries" i found a different Coelho, one I didn't like. The message of the book appears to be clear and beautiful, but underneath it all the waters are muddy. I found it really challenging to read; had I not been spending so much time in the airport these days, I might not have finished it at all. Maybe I am just a very conservative christian, but it appears to be clearly stated in the Bible, which Coelho quotes so much, that witchcraft is wrong. It was hard for me to understand how Ch ...more
break a pact. accept forgiveness. and make a bet.

We are not alone. The world is changing, and we are part of the transformation. The angels guide us and protect us. Despite all the injustice in the world, and despite the things that happen to us that we don't deserve, and despite the fact that we sometimes feel incapable of changing what is wrong with people and with the world, and despite all of the Grand Inquisitor's arguments - love is even stronger, and it willhelp us to grow. Only then will
Diana J.
Может я и не права, но мне кажется, что каждый в этой книге сможет найти ответы на какие-то свои вопросы, будь то вопросы о любви, браке, религии, ангелах или о чём-то ещё.
В этой книге Коэльо рассказывает нам о чём-то очень личном, о поиске себя и своего ангела хранителя. Было ли мне интересно узнать немного больше о писателе и его жизни? Определённо да. Мне кажется, что любая книга Пауло, хотя бы немного, но меняет меня изнутри и это такое прекрасное ощущение, чувствовать как у тебя растёт и м
Teziti ljubavi.. Svima bi nam to trebalo biti vodilja!
I picked up 'The Valkyries' by Paulo Coelho for two reasons: one, because I fairly enjoyed 'The Alchemist' (though it didn't live up to all its hype) and two,because I noticed that many people violently disliked Paulo Coelho and so wanted to read a few more of his books to see how I feel about him.
The book takes you on a spiritual journey with Paulo and his wife Chris in which they try to talk to and see their guardian angel. All the events are depicted as true except for one or two minor areas
Tanya Jain
"The Valkyries" by Paulo Coelho is a very well written book. It is about the journey of the author to the deserts, he was searching for the answer of his question taht why do we destroy everything we love,at the deserts he meets Valkyries ( the one wo can speak to angels ) . The author believed that angels are a part of every child's life and every child has made his angel with his own imaginations. He in the end with his repeated efforts he at last learnt how to talk to angels and see them too. ...more
Alexa-Storm Hartman
Another sublime, wise worded story by one of my favourite authors Paulo Coelho :)
The Valkyries is a description of one of his own personal encounters amidst the desert, where he gained calmness and clarity whilst searching for his angel.
A few souls who I have conversed to about Paulo Coelhos writing sometimes struggle to relate to his stories, because the manner in which Coelho depicts his stories is through his own belief of Christianity. Many struggle to read any books of wisdom that share the
Estrelya Spica
The reason why I rated it a 3 stars was because I don't get the main point of the story. There's this question: "Why do we destroy the things we love most?" I don't get this. I mean, is there anyone who can bear that? Destroying the things they love? I think abandoning or putting it aside will be the right words? Ok, maybe it means destroying one self by abandoning their dreams. And yes, there are many people who are like that and there are many possible reasons. I also have done such thing, and ...more
Garrett Dunnington
I really liked this book. I think this book really emphasizes the point, that the only way back is through the heart. Finding your way back involves following your dreams and letting go of the attachments that keep you from getting there. Reincarnation is a multiversal concept. The impression I got is that Coelho is a spiritual man, but in an independent sense, which is why it was hard for him to write this book. We have to remember that in order to rid ourselves of guilt, we must first concentr ...more
Initially, I had found the book easily-put-downable. However, there were two things that kept me thumbing through the pages. Firstly, this verse:

And each man kills the thing he loves,
By all let this be heard,
Some do it with a bitter look,
Some with a flattering word,
The coward does it with a kiss,
The brave man with a sword.

My first impression to it was, "That's a total lie! It can't be true for everyone." But as I'd turned over the page, I found out that the master (J.) of the protagonist (Paulo)
Lamis Usama

كالعاده باولو والارواح والتحدث مع الطبيعه وسحر كل شئ ... ياخذنا الكتاب فى رحله فى الصحراء.. حيث يؤمن البطل بوجود ملاكه الخاص الذى يحميه ويريد رؤيه هذا الملاك والتحدث معه ...

يقوم الرحله مع زوجته التى لا تؤمن بالسحر ولكنها تحب مشاركته فى ما يؤمن به .. تكون بجانبه طوال الرحله وتأبى فراقه .. تكلم ملاكها من قبله وتشعر بوجوده يحميها وتكتفى بهذا القدر ..

بمرور الوقت تتعلم بعض الاشياء وتساعد زوجها فى فهم بعض الاشياء الاخرى وتقبل طبيعه بعض الاشياء ..

يقابلن فتيات فالكيرى ويحدث صراع بين زوجته وتلك الفتاه
Aug 05, 2015 Ethan rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who're accustomed to Coelho's books
As always, Coelho never fails to write stories that feel so real, yet are so full of magical atmospheres. In this book, letting go of the past and seeking out one's future shapes the main theme.

On a quest in the Mojave Desert, Coelho encounters a group of "interesting" women who call themselves "Valkyries". Asking for their help, Coelho wishes to connect with his Guardian Angel, the only being that can free him from his burdens.

Though it didn't reach equal heights as "The Alchemist", "By the riv
After having read, and loved, _The Alchemist_, this book was a huge disappointment. While both books utilize storytelling in order to instruct the audience on metaphysical matters, the former novel achieves that goal in a charming, playful, and enchanting way. _The Valkyries_ lacks these qualities, focusing instead on flat, hard-to-like characters. Considering that the book is largely autobiographical, that's unfortunate. Coelho states in his notes at the end of the book that this work is very d ...more
The story begins with Paulo having to dislodge his curse, and in order to do that, he has to find his “guardian angel.” Thus, he travels with his wife, Chris, to a desert where the journey of self-help and spirituality begins. They will encounter the Valkyries, a group of warrior women who will provide them with guidance throughout their 40-days mission.
The book has started off well with poetic words and exciting events. Yet, it unfortunately has not been able to hook me to it until the end. Dis
Jessie Zhang
This is the first book that I read from Paulo Coelho and I found it to be very deep and intense at some parts. Would recommend reading his other books before this.

It portrays the adventure of the author and his wife (Chris) as they set out to Mojave desert to learn to find his guardian angel. I find myself empathizing with Chris, the inner struggles an sacrifices she had to go through for the love of her husband. And in the process, expanding her soul and saving their marriage.

The book contain
Barry Durdant-Hollamby
Another interesting read from one of the masters of modern spiritual story-telling. Coelho is not afraid to give modern life a spiritual context and captures effectively the tension that often exists between living in this 21st century material world and trying to be a conscious, spiritually aware individual. In The Valkyries he seems to be sharing his own story as well as that of his wife, and he makes himself vulnerable and open to judgment as a result. I took away the concept of 'breaking the ...more
Krishnanunni HM
After the motivating "Manuscript Found in Accra", "The Valkyries" is the second Paulo Coehlo book I took up to read.This book failed to amaze me.A few insights like "The second mind" and some others which I rather not spoil proved to be the only reasons why I did not abandon the book midway.Like any Coehlo book, its Paulo's narrative that keeps us gripped.Story line is not as strong as the title.
Slow reading is recommended.
Dear Paulho Coelho,
who are you fooling?
You talk about angels when you mean witches..
I wish the book had more insightful facts about life such as the the lesson about the destruction of the second mind and looking at the horizon.. The story took a weird turn and the ending was even weirder not to mention confusing. Makes me feel like this book was a total waste of time..
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The Brazilian author PAULO COELHO was born in 1947 in the city of Rio de Janeiro. Before dedicating his life completely to literature, he worked as theatre director and actor, lyricist and journalist. In 1986, PAULO COELHO did the pilgrimage to Saint James of Compostella, an experience later to be documented in his book The Pilgrimage. In the following year, COELHO published The Alchemist. Slow in ...more
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