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ساحره ی پرتوبلو

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How do we find the courage to always be true to ourselves—even if we are unsure of whom we are?

That is the central question of international bestselling author Paulo Coelho's profound new work, The Witch of Portobello. It is the story of a mysterious woman named Athena, told by the many who knew her well—or hardly at all.

295 pages
Published 2007 by کاروان (first published 2006)
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I always wished that Paulo Coehlo was my uncle so that I could call him ‘Papa Coelho’ and sit at his knee while he smoked his pipe. I think that he would be delightfully eccentric, and given to saying things like ‘Suffering, if confronted without fear, is the great passport to freedom.’ So, true, Papa Coelho. So true.
If he was my uncle, though, I might not tell him that I thought The Alchemist was tripe, and that most of his books carry too much philosophizing and not enough narrative. But in
This book *really* made me think about who I am and where I am going, and who I want to be as a woman, a wife, a soon-to-be-mother, a daughter, and a human.

I didn't always like Paulo Coehlo's work. I tried to read The Alchemist in college and the novel just didn't do it for me. But a friend recommended Veronika Decides to Die to me while a loved one was in the hospital for depression and I was struggling to understand what might be happening in there, and ever since, Coehlo has been one of my ob
Aug 09, 2012 Mykle rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mega-church enthusiasts.
Recommended to Mykle by: Portland International Airport
Trapped for hours in an airport with nothing to read, my wife was further victimized by this remarkably bad book, one of five books available for sale in Portland International Airport at 2am.

You can turn to any page and find a really hackneyed phrase. Kahil Gibrain's psuedo-religious drivel was at least poetic and brief by comparison. The story is supposed to be the voices of different people, but the Catholic priest, the Lebanese mother, the 65-year old restaurant owner, are all utterly indis
Preachy new age-y bullshit, with a distinct undertone of "I'm idealizing feminine qualities, so I can't possibly be sexist" sexism. Seriously, one of his characters lists four female archetypes that women supposedly follow, and although he calls them the witch, the virgin, the martyr and the saint, it's just that quote about how all roles for actresses are hookers, victims or doormats, with "bitch" thrown in for variety. The use of various narrators is one of my favorite narrative devices, but i ...more
I really, really wanted to like this book. I've heard wonderful things about Coelho and was excited to try him out, I love topics that deal with witchcraft and things fantastical, and I'm a sucker for redheaded heroines.

But ...

I found this novel and its ideas on the nature of spirituality really preachy, pedantic and overblown. I was so annoyed by the middle of the book that I nearly put it down, but the cover art convinced me to keep trying. Surely the artist must have been inspired to create
Lynn Wilson
I literally could not put this book down. While I'm a book lover and devour many books, I consider this one to be a very special treat.
Lamski Kikita
Aug 26, 2008 Lamski Kikita rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people willing to be spiritually penetrated
spiritual, mystical, and will absolutely take over your soul!
while reading this book, i felt inhibited by every feeling and gesture, and was possessed by Athena, the woman who is everything each and everyone of us want to be, but is afraid of becoming. The book certainly questions organized religions and brings back the idea of mother earth as the ultimate goddess. I have to, no, i MUST, type up this quote:

" We women, when we are searching for a meaning to our lives or for the path of knowledge,
هديل خلوف
تتناول الرواية موضوعاً مشوقاً بالنسبة إلي , ألا وهو عبادة الطبيعة الأم ! .. قبل أن أتحدث عن رأيي بالرواية ومضمونها , دعوني أكلمكم قليلاً عن عبادة الطبيعة ..
هذا كان يا مكان وفي غابر الأزمان وقبل ظهور ما يسمى بالديانات السماوية كان هناك مفهوماً لدى غالبية البشر - تحول إلى عبادة فيما بعد - على أن الطبيعة تمنحنا الكثير وتخبرنا بأسرارها كل يوم .. كان القدماء يرون الجمال ويقدرونه حد العبادة .. ومن يمثل الجمال إلى جانب الطبيعة غير " الأنثى " ؟ لذلك ظهرت أفروديت عند الرومان وفينوس عند الإغريق .. عشتار ف
Mar 30, 2008 Matt rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one.
This is not a novel -- it's a treatise. There is a character, Athena, that I never come to care about, and there is no plot. What IS there, you ask? Well, there's an explication of a belief system. That's it. That's what this is.

Most of the book is taken up in various people talking to each other in the kind of philosophical conversations that normal people almost never have. Whenever you see a chat starting, buckle up.

I couldn't have been more disappointed, as I like Coelho most of the time. I
The Witch of Portobello is the first novel I have read by Paulo Coelho, and I completely understand why he has sold tens of millions of books worldwide. Additionally, I never want to read him ever again.

See, Coelho is a master in the art of pseudo-philosophy. Rather than presenting an interesting story, unique characters, or entertaining passages, he offers reams and reams of empty, abstract mumbling. Now, I like abstract thoughts when done right. The problem is that Coelho's musings are either
I'm not really sure how to review this book. It's so completely different to anything I've ever read. I'm therefore not going to try to analyse it, because there are some fantastic reviews for this book, and I know mine will not be of the same standard. So I'm basically just going to write down my thoughts, and how the book made me feel.

The main character, Athena, discovers that there could be more to life after going to her neighbour's flat to complain about the loud music. What she sees when s
Oct 13, 2008 Andrea rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who are looking for the inner flower
Recommended to Andrea by: No one
This book was a little "much." I was first introduced to Paulo Coelho with his acclaimed novel The Alchemist. I loved The Alchemist. It's clear the author is a "spiritualist" and takes pleasure in teaching lessons through simplicity and beauty. I found the Alchemist inspiring and well-written. The Witch of Portobello I found cultish and flowery. There was nothing natural about it - rather - almost something "forced" in trying to convey the story of a young woman finding her "center" through "the ...more
Amy McHugh
Picked up this book at SFO before boarding my plane to Hawaii. Seemed like a total accident, given I had never heard of it and wasn't planning to buy it. But having read it, I acknowledge this as an example of the belief "there are no accidents."

From early childhood, I have been keenly aware of an accessible spiritual world, but lacked the encourgement or guidance to foster my ability to contact that world.

While the underlying message of this book is exploring the answer to the question "What is
I bought this book in Cabo for a few pesos and later found it was being given away FREE, so my expectations were somewhat tempered and let me just say Coelho does not disappoint. Ahem.

On a positive note, Paulo Coelho has one of the great names in contemporary fiction, one that exudes a sort of exotic erudition, so one might say that only an author as magnificent as Coelho can draw the reader in and convince that reader he is purposefully fooling the reader into believing that this book was writt
رواية جميلة .. أجمل من على نهر بييدرا هناك جلست فبكيت .. و اسوأ من الخيميائي و 11 دقيقة.
لمن قرأ روايات باولو كويلو نجد أنها كلها تتحدث عن نفس الأفكار و نفس الثيمات الدينية و العقائد الأنثوية و الإيمان بالتقمص و بالسحر و بالمعجزات الناتجة عن الجري وراء بعض القديسين.
بالنسبة لي عندما وصلت غلى نصف الرواية كنت أقول مع نفسي هاهو باولو كويلو و قد علمت ما ستؤول إليه النهاية !!!
اقرأها و لكن لا تتوقع الكثير
Raghda Elwakil
احببت الرواية ساحرة.. ^^

اعجبتني هالفقرة:
"الحب، يقولون لي. لكن الحب لا يجلب السعادة ولم يحلبها يوماً. فالحب، على العكس من ذلك! إنه حالة مستمرة من القلق، بل ساحة معركة، ليال هجرتها النوم، نتسائل فيها إن كان ما نفعله صواباً. الحب الحقيقي مزيج من الانتشاء والغصة."
Mar 22, 2008 Caroline rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: few
Major disappointment. I've enjoyed Paulo Coelho's work before, but this is a very weak novel. I admit that I am easily creeped out by the kind of leaky spirituality that this book revolves around, but beyond that, the writing for female characters is god-awful and the mystic quest that the protagonist is on is laughable. The mystery of the compiler of all the separate accounts, once revealed, escaped being predictable by being stupid. A phoned-in, whimper of a book.

Perempuan mandiri dan anak lelaki, apa yang di pikiranmu? Seorang perempuan yang mudah ditaklukan? Bukan. Ia lebih tegar, lebih berani untuk menantang kehidupan. Dan ia berkata, ini bukan untuk dirinya, ini untuk anakku.

Perempuan yang menari untuk memberikan jiwa pada kehidupan yang kosong. Karena di dalam dirinya sendiri ada yang hilang, dan ia butuh pengisi di dalamnya. Maka ia berkelana, mengeluarkan energinya, berbagi pada yang lain, memberikan kebahagiaan yang ia juga tak punya. K
Mohammad Dawood
ساحرة بورتوبيللو باولو كويلو


عندما أقرأ لباولو كويلو أكاد لا أشعر بقيمة العمل الفني الذي أتناوله قدر إعجابي ولمسي للحس الصوفي الشرقي الذي يدخله كويلو في أعماله العديدة. ساحرة بورتوبيللو عمل فريد من نوعه على الأقل من حيث العرض الروائي فهذه هي المرة الأولى التي تصادفني رواية بمثل هذا السرد حيث تتكون الرواية من مجموعة شهادات لأصدقاء وشخصيات ذات صلة ببطلة القصة شيرين أو أثينا كما تحب أن تلقب. لا أحبذ الدخول في الموضوعات الغيبية ولكنني استمتعت وأنا أقرأ هذه الرواية، السلبية التي شعرت بها هي بع
شيماء فؤاد
الرواية اسمها جذاب و مثير للفضول
أعجبني طريقة السرد نفسها المرة الأولى التي أقرأ فيها رواية بطريقة السرد هذه
بحيث كانت الرواية عبارة عن حكايات جميع الأشخاص عن شخص واحد احتكوا به و عاشروه وهو البطل أو بمعنى اصح البطلة التي اختفت في نهاية الرواية عمدا و فهم الناس بعد غيابها أنها قُتلت .. فظهرت كل الحكايات و جمعت و كونت هذه الرواية

بطلة الرواية انسانة تبحث عن الغموض و المجهول و الاتصال بالعوالم الأخرى
و بالتالي كانت الرواية في بعض أجزائها مخيفة

بالنسبة لـ رأيي الشخصي في الكتاب
كُفر * كُفر وضلال مبين
Odai Alsaeed
رواية خلاقة مبهرة في كل احداثها...عبقرية باولو كويلو تزداد تالقا مع كل رواية جديدة له...مواكبة لروح العصر قوة الافكار والترابط العبقري صنع من الاحداث لغة يصعب ان يحبكها غير كاتبها الاسطوري..رواية رائعة
I decided to read this as part of a string of Paolo Coelho novels in a sort of marathon. This is the fourth in a row, and I must say the worst, by far.

Not only is it absolutely pointless and riddled with repeated themes and preachy tones, but it is also extremely boring. I'm amazed that I made it to page 192 before I decided to just skip pages to get to a more tangible part of what resembles a plot, which this book lacks in the worst possible way.

Never once did I sympathize or care what happen
I didn't finish this book... I feel kind of bad about that, especially as this was a gift, but the writing style and topic got on my nerves. It's about Athena and...well, it goes through people's interviews/written memoirs about her after her death. So we never know anything from the "primary source," if you will. The "voices" of a variety of characters sound all the same - a father, her ex-husband, her teacher, a journalist, her student, a man who taught her calligraphy, her mother, her biologi ...more
So different, and yet the same: this book appealed to me in the way of The Secret History, A Shadow of the Wind and a handful of others. Which is to say, I stayed up late reading it, I woke up early. I took actual lunch breaks and ate while reading while scribbling in my book, dog-earing pages and thinking of all the people I needed to give my copy to once I finished. Of course, I can't--it might make me blush for anyone to see the underlined passages in a fiction book, even if it is touching on ...more
when you read to Paulo Coelho you feel happiness, this is what one newspaper wrote on Coelho books. Every time I read one of his book i feel that and I learn some thing new.
Mainly I learned from "the Witch of Portobello" how to feel gabs, how to make sens to your life by seeking for aim behind it. The life will be harsh on us but like forging, the iron should be exposed to fire, hammer and cold water in order to get its final shape and play its role in life.
--update after finish--
My problem when reading Coelho's is, except for The Pilgrimage (the first Coelho's I read) and The Alchemist, I always got a strong impression that the author was trying hard to convey some wisdom. As if the author knew - too much - that the readers had expected to learn something from his books, and that he tried to fulfill this expectation.
Even in this book, although I like very much the way different people told their perspectives about Athena. But how come that in the
Not what I thought it was going to be at all. To be honest, I thought the book was borderline creepy. Just that so many people could pledge themselves to a charismatic stranger, I find unnerving. I guess this work just addresses the quest that every human being makes during his or her lifetime to come in contact with spirituality; just in a weird, non-relatable way for me. All the characters just seemed so gullible. It's as though they were just all so spiritually lost, that they were grasping f ...more
Hadeel Zubi
فكرة مجنونة.. مؤثرة.. جمال وحكمة وطاقة إيجابية تجلّت في حروف باولو كويلو..
دائمًا رواياته تُجدد الإيمان بأنفسنا...
كان كويلو إنسانًا مُدهشًا في ساحرة بورتوبيلو..
( ورح أضل أحكي دايما أديش بحبّ هالكاتب :) )

" أنا أرى الحب يملأ كل شيء. رغبته مستحيلة لأنها النهاية بحدّ ذاتها. لا يمكنهُ أن يخون لأنه لا يمتّ إلى التملك بصلة. لا يمكن أسرَه لأنه نهرٌ وسيفيض على ضفّتيه. كل من يحاول سجنَ الحب، يسدّ الينبوع الدي يغذيه، وسرعان ما تغدو المياه المحجوزة راكدة نتنة."

" وهذه حال الحياة. فلكي تلتقط الأحطاب الكبيرة ا
May 20, 2013 miaaa rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to miaaa by: Spamiola
This review is republished in my personal blog here:

أخشى اتخاذ خطوات غير موجودة"
على الخريطة، لكنني باتخاذ هذه
الخطوات على الرغم من مخاوفــي
"أحيــا حيـــاة أكثــر تشويقا

هذه رواية عن حرية الاختيـــــــــــــــار

روايات كويللو عجيبة .. دوما تعلق في حنجرتي .. فلا أستطيع لفظها أو ابتلاعها .. هذه الروايات تحتاج إلى كيمياء عقل خاصة لتتشربها على مهل وتفتح مسامك للحيـــاة

إننا لم نخلق لنعيش في وحدة"
لأننا نتعرف أنفسنا في
"عيـون الآخريــــن

هنا .. يلاحق كويللو عيون الآخرين ليعرف كيف يرون ساحرة بورتوبيللو _ أثينا .. فهو يجمع القصة من خلال مقابلات مع عدد ممن
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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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