Paulo Coelho: A Warrior's Life: The Authorized Biography
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Paulo Coelho: A Warrior's Life: The Authorized Biography

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Paulo Coelho: A Warrior's Life is the first-ever biography of the man whose books have sold an astounding 100 million copies worldwide, making him one of the bestselling authors of all time.

Paulo Coelho's life begins with a complicated birth in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in August 1947. He was known as the "boy who was born dead" and who ultimately survived against all odds....more
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Published November 17th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published December 1st 2007)
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suchi
Here comes my all time favorite Author, my real life mentor. Paulo is the man behind my life's uplift and enrichment, his ideas have largely and greatly nourished and conditioned my thought process. I have possibly read all his books, started with 'The Alchemist' which propelled me to take my life's biggest and most important decision with vigor and discretion. I embraced the basic principle of life that 'where is your treasure, there is your heart'. Yeah, this Man was behind and most instrument...more
Lolly LKH
There was a lot I didn't know about Coelho. I felt the ending of the biography was a bit weak, boring. But he seems to have lived an interesting life thus far. I was surprised about the whole dabbling into 'satanism'. I never would have guessed that about him, nor about his often callous attitude toward women in his life. Judging from the book, he seemed hell bent on being famous and for me, it seems contrary to claim you're on a path of spirituality (be it religious or not) and on that same bre...more
Antoaneta
Paulo Coelho was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.[1] He attended a Jesuit school. As a teenager, Coelho wanted to become a writer. Upon telling his mother this, she responded with "My dear, your father is an Engineer. He's a logical, reasonable man with a very clear vision of the world. Do you actually know what it means to be a writer?"[1] After researching, Coelho concluded that a writer "always wears glasses and never combs his hair" and has a "duty and an obligation never to be understood by...more
Richard MacManus
An illuminating book about an author who I only discovered recently, ironically at about the same age as he was when he wrote his first major book, The Pilgrimage. But Coelho has lived a much more extreme life than I, including a period where he was heavily involved in Satanism. I was actually pretty shocked about that. Indeed, Coelho comes across in this biography as a sometimes dishonest and manipulative man. The biographer had access to his diaries and has exposed a lot of information about C...more
Stavroula
From the first pages the story makes you feel quite ambiguous about the famous writer. The biography it's very detailed. Obviously, Mr. Morais had a huge stuff to work on it. But as in the end of the book the letter of P. Coelho says it -pretty much- he didn't gave the more secret or sentimental aspects of Coelho's life and character. For example, he refers the writer's feelings so little times and when he does to he doesn't pay too much attention. It sounds to me like he is describing the life...more
Agbonmire Ifeh
Paulo Coelho is a teacher. Through reading his books "The Alchemist" to "By the River Piedra I sat" to "Eleven Minutes" and finally "The Zahir" I have always left with big lessons. But in his authorized biography I get to see the man and what makes him tick and glean bigger lessons.

It was good to see how difficult his formative years were and they are quite similar to everybody else.

It was terrifying to see how he dabbled with satanism and was almost consumed by it. It was also refreshing to see...more
Lorri Coburn
Paulo Coelho has sold 100 million books in the metaphysical spiritual genre, written in the style of light novels or fables. His most famous one is The Alchemist, which I loved. Since I've read most of his books, I wanted to see how much of his personal life was contained in them. I found out that many of the magical/sorcery experiences he's had actually are things he's experienced in real life. In addition, his experiences with being forcibly hospitalized as a young adult, for what his parents...more
Ruth
I was looking forward to reading this book as I had enjoyed THE ALCHEMIST but finally abandoned it on page 310. It was well written and interesting in many respects but I just simply tired of all the repetitive ways Mr. Coelho managed to degrade himself. He apparently only succeeded in his ambition to write by sheer luck. He was so involved in self destruction and dabbling in every kind of defeating life style it was amazing he survived. I may take another look at a later time just to see what m...more
Suhrob
Well - this one is a bit hard for me to judge for several reasons. I've skim-read the book in a quite fast pace. I can tell that formally it's not much to write home about - its factual and frank. The content - as obvious with biographies - depends on the biographee and your relation to her/him.

I have read only two books by Coelho (Alchymist and Veronica decided to die) and disliked both of them (both would merit barely 1 goodread star) and the biography just convinced me that I'm certainly not...more
Danica
I have for now stopped reading this book. I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads hoping that I would be able to write a good review, but unfortunately I can hardly finish the book. I had never heard of Paulo Coelho or Fernando Morais. The first few chapters are just another way for Paulo to share his narcissism with the world. He loves being catered to and brags endlessly about his accomplishments. The rest of it is just the most boring account of anyone's life I have ever he...more
Donna
Okay, so I never read any of Paulo Coelho's books but I do own them and I was going to get to them eventually! After reading this book I will push them up on my list. Fernando has a way with words. He truly is a great writer. His other books are not in English but from reading this one book I can tell he is quite good. I loved the beginning of how it is the present and it explains how famous he is. It is pretty awesome to see a writer be as famous as say a regular celebrity or even a president!...more
Vichy

Πρώτα απ΄ όλα θα αρχίσω ομολογώντας ότι δεν έχω διαβάσει κανένα βιβλίο του Κοέλιο, ακόμα. Yποθέτω, όμως, ότι θα πρέπει να διαβάσω μερικά βιβλία του, κρίνοντας από την τόσο μεγάλη απήχηση που έχει στο αναγνωστικό κοινό (μέχρι παραληρήματος...)

Και μ' αυτά, αρχίζουν οι πανηγυρικές μου σκέψεις.

Διαβάζοντας τη βιογραφία ενός θρυλικού και ζώντος συγγραφέα νιώθω τη μέγιστη απογοήτευση. Το βιβλίο ξεκινά (και τελειώνει, επίσης) με το glamour της τωρινής του ζωής και το μάτι του στις πωλήσεις, τα κέρδη και

...more
Helen
Biographies are difficult to review - no matter how good the biographer's writing might be, the success of the book really depends on how interesting the subject of the biography is. Fortunately for Fernando Morais and the reader, Paulo Coelho has evidently had a far more eventful life than the average person. The first half of the book, which dealt with Coelho's early life, was fascinating although I found I started to lose interest nearer the end.

Many biographers (particularly the authors of u...more
Pablo
Well, what can I say? I never expected that this timid Brazilian boy would have such an interesting life. With his exploits in the occult, his unwanted visits to the asylum, the reluctant experimental lifestyle, and the bevy of women that graces the pages, I would be compelled to say that this was an amazing read, but for some reason I felt a heavy hand in turning the pages. Most of the time I had second thoughts of picking up the book, but I came to realize that every situation lead him to his...more
Avery
História do maior escritor da atualidade, o carioca Paulo Coelho, com suas diabruras de infância, maluquices da juventude e manias da vida adulta. Ou seja, um sujeito que sempre deu trabalho, inclusive para a crítica literária brasileira, que começa a reconhecer os méritos de quem não escreve como Proust, mas comunica com eficiciência mensagens universais de transformação e perseverança.

O autor Fernando Morais atuou com rigor jornalístico e conseguiu revelações pessoais raras numa biografia auto...more
Glenn
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. A very thorough accounting of Coelho's life, from the time he was a young boy in Brazil all the way through present day, including time in an insane asylum and his hippie drug years, time spent in the United States and later in life how he came to be a very successful author. I hadn't read any of his books or even heard of him before this. For someone already familiar with him, this would probably be more of an interesting read than I found it to be. He c...more
Manon
This book is only for hard-core Coelho readers! While it provides a lot of insight into his works, the style is monotonous and the author chooses some strange areas of focus. For instance, instead of talking about Coelho's mysterious pilgrimage, or detailing his involvement in Satanism, he devotes page after page to descriptions of fleeting love affairs and real estate investments. If Coelho wasn't such a fascinating person, a mystery wrapped in a mystery wrapped in an enigma, this book would ha...more
CarolynKost
Journalist Morais indulges the reader in pointillistic detail in this biography of Coelho. Often regarded as a modern day prophet, Coelho's life bears resemblance to the typical hero myth, albeit set in the hippy milieu of the 1960s. He was born dead and was revived under miraculous circumstances. He demonstrated remarkable talent in his youth, suffered modern trials in the form of psychiatric hospitalizations, encountered helpers that provided him with tools (theater, drugs, witchcraft) for his...more
Lee
As a major fan of the Alchemist, I was completely blind-sided by this book. I assume I am actually rating the content and my change of opinion regarding Paulo Coelho than the actual work of the author. It isn't easy to read, but this is at least partly related to my own bias of just realizing what a true jerk Coelho actually was and maybe is?

I'm making a face trying to decide if it is worth reading or not... I guess I would say no - just assume what you will from the Alchemist and never look dee...more
Yash Deshpande
I absolutely love "The Alchemist" and "Veronica Decides To Die" by Paulo Coelho. The rest of his work, I feel, fall short of being exceptional. The rest of his works are good in bits and pieces. Paulo has indeed lived an interesting life and I was eager to read about it. If I had to describe this biography in simple words, they would be, "Its total crap!". I left this novel halfway, not because it lacked interesting content but because of the way it was written. The author, Fernando Morais has m...more
Laura
I had never heard of Paulo Coelho before winning this book. I thought it was very interesting and well written. You can definitely tell the Brazilian background on some of the phraseology used in the book. The only part that got a little weird for me is his black magic phase. Otherwise, he has a very interesting life and it captured my attention. I also guess that the time period this book took place is a little different to compare to the USA.
Walter Kdz
A 'warts and all' authorized biography. Lots of black magic, sex and drugs, and personal dramas, before Coelho sees the light and repents. Some of it sounds a bit incredible, but we see how these events shaped his maturity as a storyteller with his experiences in pantomimes, film appearances and rock concerts. Surprisingly, not all of the book is set in Brazil – Coelho lived in London, Spain and the US at different times.
Nurul
a glimpse on Paulo Coelho's personal life.. Comprise of many detail information that many might not know yet. I found the opening chapter to be quite interesting as it gives a new picture how Coelho is somehow fame-addict kinna writer. But if we take a closer look at Coelho's book, the Zahir, which the main character is basically his own, i guess the account could be count accountable
Venu
The book is the biography of an awesome writer, what more can i say about the story line of the book. Coming to the writing style of the author (Fernando Morais), he shows the life of Paulo unravel in front of our eyes. He takes us through nearly every bit of the wax and wane life of his. A must read for everyone.
Vuthao
Không phải tất cả các nhà văn đều từng có một thời tuổi trẻ điên loạn. Nhưng khi nhìn lại cuộc đời của những tác gia đến tận giờ vẫn được vinh danh, ta thấy cuộc đời họ đều không đẹp như người đọc tưởng tượng. Nam Cao từng nói rồi, nghề viết văn không dành cho những ai lười sáng tạo. Nó đòi hỏi ta phải cống hiến cả cuộc đời và sức lực, phải đào và nếm trải đến tận cùng của nỗi đau và hạnh phúc. Tôi luôn coi trí tưởng tượng là gia vị còn kinh nghiệm và sự suy ngẫm mới là cốt lõi của một tác phẩm....more
Keith
Autobiography of one of my favorite authors, Paulo Coelho. Great insights. I was surprised that so many of his real life is reflected in his books which I hadn't realized had so much of his actual experiences in them.
Tamela
Nov 14, 2009 Tamela marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I won! I won! I won this book from Good Reads. I'm so excited! This is so cool!
Shelly Holder
Nov 14, 2009 Shelly Holder is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I won from First Reads! So excited- can't wait for the book to get here.
Beatriz valiente
.great!is the third time I reread it and each time I like more and more!
Ally
Sometimes more honest than I would have thought.
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Fernando Morais nasceu em Mariana-MG em 1946. É jornalista desde 1961. Trabalhou nas redações do Jornal da Tarde, Veja, Folha de S. Paulo e TV Cultura.

Recebeu três vezes o Prêmio Esso e quatro vezes o Prêmio Abril de Jornalismo. Foi deputado estadual durante oito anos (pelo MDB-SP e depois pelo PMDB-SP) e secretário da Cultura (1988-1991) e da Educação (1991-1993) do Estado de São Paulo. É autor d...more
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