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

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  2,418 Ratings  ·  97 Reviews
Paulo Coelho: A Warrior’s Life is the definitive, authorized biography of one of the world’s most popular and widely read authors—and the story of how his enormously popular novel The Alchemist came to be. Fernando Morais, the preeminent biographer in Brazil and a groundbreaking journalist, traces Coelho’s roots in Brazil to his time as a musician and pop lyricist to his w ...more
ebook, 480 pages
Published November 17th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published December 1st 2007)
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suchi
Aug 16, 2010 suchi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aditi
Unexceptionally Boring and didn't expect that my all time favorite author would brag about his achievements this much! Moreover, there's nothing in this biography that will make me feel sny closer to the author! I suggest, don't waste your money on this book, even though Coelho is your favorite author!

Received this book in an online bookstore competition- IndiaBookStore!

Lolly K Dandeneau
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
Oct 02, 2010 Antoaneta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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 to the writer's feelings such a few times and when he does, he doesn't pay too much attention. It sounds to me like he is describing the li ...more
Agbonmire Ifeh
May 04, 2012 Agbonmire Ifeh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
Suhrob
Jan 02, 2011 Suhrob rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Laura
Nov 14, 2009 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Fran Pereira
Mar 13, 2017 Fran Pereira rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gostei! Eu não conhecia a história de vida dele nem as dificuldades que teve em função do preconceito que sofreu, principalmente no Brasil. É uma pessoa polêmica, mas sua trajetória é bem interessante.
Vichy
Mar 28, 2013 Vichy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography

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

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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
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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
Danica
Nov 14, 2009 Danica rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: half-finished
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
Pablo
Feb 07, 2010 Pablo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Lee
Jun 16, 2011 Lee rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Manon
May 12, 2010 Manon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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.
Venu Madhav Reddy
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.
Nurul
Dec 20, 2010 Nurul rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Keith
Oct 10, 2010 Keith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Ally
Apr 07, 2011 Ally rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes more honest than I would have thought.
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.
IRENE valiente
Feb 11, 2012 IRENE valiente rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
.great!is the third time I reread it and each time I like more and more!
Mouncef Qamar
Aug 29, 2016 Mouncef Qamar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
the best way to get to truly know who's behind all that magic in Paulo's books
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!
Nicole
Feb 25, 2017 Nicole rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
View into "the mans" life.
Yvesteant Buttigieg
Mr.Paolo Coehlo is an amazing author, but I suggest vividly to read his biography before starting to read his books, as he is an intense and passionate human being and knowing about his life makes a reader understand more his creations and his aphorisms.
Min Yee
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Before I started to read this book, I got the feeling that he probably has an uncommon life or extraordinary experiences in the past. Despite of that feeling, I never expect that it was more than that after reading the story. I do believe that uncommon experiences is one of the reasons that leads him to become a well-known bestselling author. The entire biography wasn't that bad as what others had reviewed here. I checked some of those reviews before I sta
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