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3.46 of 5 stars 3.46  ·  rating details  ·  43,334 ratings  ·  2,191 reviews
Brida, a young Irish girl, and her quest for knowledge. She has long been interested in various aspects of magic but is searching for something more. Her search leads her to people of great wisdom, who begin to teach Brida about the spiritual world. She meets a wise man who dwells in a forest, who teaches her about overcoming her fears and trusting in the goodness of the w ...more
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May 28, 2008 Dusty rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Dusty by: Alma Salinas
Shelves: read-in-2008
Coelho's Alchemist is one of my favorite books. I've read it twice, and both times its simple story and straightforward Universal Truths have stirred me. Brida tells a similar story about a youth who feels herself tugged onto a unique path toward greatness. But lightning has not struck twice.

This is a book of only 200 pages, yet it took me almost a month to read, and not only because I was grading hundreds of research papers at the same time. It discusses a 21-year-old Irish girl (Brida) who is
The only quotes that I liked and made sense in an otherwise rambling narrative:

"Nothing in the world is ever completely wrong. Even a stopped clock is right twice a day"
~ Brida's father (Pg.99)

"What is now proved was once only imagin'd"
~ William Blake (Pg.174)

"I learned that the search for God is a Dark Night, that Faith is a Dark Night. And that's hardly a surprise really, because for us each day is a dark night. None of us knows what might happen even the next minute, and yet we still go for
"How will I know who my Soulmate is?" Indeed, we are all looking for something. Someone to love, someone who loves us, something that adds meaning to our life, our existence. Some sign, to know we are not alone. Some indication to know that our thoughts, feelings, memories, will not die with us when our physical body perishes.

Brida addresses all this and much more. The story is presented as a young woman's quest to find answers - to questions that mean the world to her. Questions, which if we i
Ebrahim Abdulla

تحكي الرواية قصة بريدا الباحثة عن أسرار الكون التي تتعلم من اثنين من معلمي حكمة الشمس و القمر .

بعض المشاهد قد تشعرك بالملل، والبعض الآخر قد يلهمك، والبعض الآخر لا يمكن سوى أن ترفع القبعة تقديراً لخيال باولو ( مشهد لوني و تالبو، مشهد من الصعب نسيانه)

لا أعتقد بأنها أفضل كتابات باولو، وجدتني مللت بعض الشيء في النصف الثاني من الرواية، لكنها تبقى جيدة
ينصح بها لمعجبين برواياته الأخرى .

بعض الإقتباسات التي أعجبتني :

ما من شيء في العالم خاطئ تماماً، فحتى الساعة المعطلة تشير إلى الوقت الصحيح مرتين في ال
Paulo Coelho is clearly a genius--and not a literary one. The fact that he can write something this unfathomably dull and make millions of people buy it is a feat of marketing brilliance.

This book relies on a series of vagueries that one would imagine the author might at some point explain. I suppose Coehlo thinks the mysteriousness of arcane-sounding phrases like "Tradition of the Moon" and "Dark Night" are substantial enough to keep a reader captivated with neither qualification nor tact. Perh
Aug 05, 2008 Chelsea rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who are obsessed with Wicca
Recommended to Chelsea by: Mary Cate
Ok, so this book came recommended to me by a freind, so I was pretty excited to read it. Once I got started, however, I was a bit disappointed (soory M.C.)

First off, the main charachter was niave and a bit juvenille. Everything that she thought of and said was almost infintile.

Secondly, She was supposed to be searching for a "Gift" and there was never really a solid confirmation as to what this gift was, even when she found it.

Thirdly, who ever heard of witches being Jesus loving Christians?
It broke my heart into a jillion pieces. I feel like crying. Love is when you'll be able to understand that at some point, you were never meant to be together. That, sometimes, even if you're just in time, it isn't still sufficient. It isn'r selfish. It allows you to grow and to go in search of your path, in search of your soul. It does not hinder you to become the person you wanted to be. It doesn't require you to give up all the important things you have just because...

Of all the Paulo Coelho
Sep 10, 2008 Chanelle rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sarah, so you can explain it to me
Can somebody please tell me what this book was about?! I consider myself a pretty savvy reader, but I didn't get this at all. I loved the Alchemist and this has much of the same philosophical insights and phrases you want to savor . . . ("Nothing is wrong all the time, even a stopped clock is right twice a day"). But I couldn't tell you what the meaning of this book was. Girl is on spiritual path to find her Gift. Meets the Magus in the forest who is her soul mate but they don't end up together. ...more
I liked this little story, but I enjoyed "The Witch of Portobello" (my first Coelho read) more. However, I think people are looking for a bit too much out of this book. It's a good little tale, and I enjoyed a few of the lines from it/quotes. I think Señor Coelho is simply asking us to reflect. Not every book is a wirlwind, instead a book can be a bit like looking out over a still lake with time to think. As a goodreads friend Harley pointed out, in the prologue Señor Coelho gives the reader pau ...more
إيمان ملال
"بريدا" الرواية التي قرأتها في الوقت الضائع !

حين انتهيتُ من "Brida" الرواية الأولى التي أنهيها لباولو كويلو، شعرت بأنها قد غيّرت بداخلي أشياء كثيرة ..
لقد تعلّمتُ منها مثلاً ..

كيف أنّ كل إنسان معلّم نفسه.
كيف أن المرء حين يصادف "نصفه الآخر" يعرفه من بريق عينيه ..
كيف أن المرء يمكنه أن يصادف في طريقه أكثر من " نصف آخر " .. رغم أن الأمر يشكّل مشكلة.
كيف أن الله أودع في كل واحد منا "موهبة" لكي يساهم بها في بناء العالم .
كيف أن الحياة بدأت بالخطيئة "خطيئة آدم وحواء" وأن المرء لا يجب أن يخجل من كونه م
بسنت الصاوي
أحيانا أخسر أشياء فقط لإني أخاف أن أفقدها !


لكل شخص منا مكمل و رفيق لروحه
و لكن ماذا إن لم يكتب لنا الكمال
و إن وجد الشريك !!

This is a sweet little story. In some ways, it reminds me of the kinds of stories one finds in the Bible and the Zohar. Such stories aren't stories in terms of the classic ideas of plots, but serve to illustrate spiritual points. I see Brida in that way. The plot is a very thin scaffold on which to hang a series of philosophical and spiritual ideas. From the point of view of fiction, this is less than satisfactory. From the point of view of philosophy, the style is certainly one that's tried and ...more

"كيف يمكنني أن أعرف 'نصفي الآخر' ؟ "

هل لو أتيحت لك الفرصة أن تعرف نصفك الآخر - إذا قابلته - عن طريق علامة جسدية معينة أو ثمة ضوء مميز ينبعث من عينيه ستوافق ؟

لا تتسرع في القبول .. ربما ندمت !

هناك أشخاص إذا امتلكانهم فقدناهم .. فهم أروع في البعد .. و تملكنا لهم يخلق خوفنا من فقدهم .. ويخلق دائرة مفرغة من العذاب النفسي .. فنشقى في قربهم أكثر من بعدهم ..

سعيدة بنهاية الرواية على تلك الشاكلة .. لقد أحببت الفيزياء لأجله !
ياسمين ثابت

من اسوء الامور التي تحدث حين يشتهر كاتب معين برواية معينة من المفترض انها الذروة التي وصل لها ادبيا وفكريا

فتتم ترجمتها لسبعتلاف لغة وكذلك بقية اعماله....فيتم بذل مجهود لا فائدة له في ترجمة اعمال لا تستحق....ببساطة لان شهرة الكاتب وعمله الناجح لا يعني بالضرورة ان كل اعماله على نفس المستوى وان كلها تستحق مجهود ترجمتها

بل ان هناك العديد والعديد من الاعمال التي كانت تستحق ان تترجم اولى بكثير من هذا العمل الفاشل

هو العامل الثالث الذي اقرأه لباولو كويلو قرأت له الخيميائي وفيرونكا تقرر ان تموت والروايتان
Heba badr
احلى ما فى روايات كويلو انها بتلامس الروح وبيكتب حجات كثير بتبقى جوانا بس مش بنعرف نعبر عنها :)

الناس يخافون اكتشاف سحر الحياه هم تعودوا منازلهم واشغالهم وتوقعاتهم وسيشعرون حتما ان الدنيا قد خدعتهم اذا ما سمعوا احدهم يؤكد امكان السفر عبر الزمن او رؤيه قلاع تطوف فى الكون او الأستماع الى اوراق التاروت تخبر قصتها او حتى احتمال عبور الأنسان ظلمه الليل . فهم لم يختبروا ابدا تجربة مماثله فالحياه بالنسبه اليهم لا تخلو من الرتابة فى النهار والليل وحتى نهايه الأسبوع

اخاف الموت و اخشى اكثر ان تذهب حياتى هد
The only expression that could describe my impression after reading this book is “complete disappointment”. From the very first pages, Magic is presented to the reader as the book’s main theme. However, I didn’t feel the least bit of magic in the story. Many issues are dealt with in Brida all at once, that the point was muffled and the novel lost its sparkle. Surprisingly, Coelho here seems confused, struggling to find a particular message to convey. It’s true that I enjoy Coelho’s writings, and ...more
I've never read anything by Paulo Coelho before, so I was rather surprised by the pagan spirituality of this little novel. It's the story of Brida, an Irish girl in training to become a witch. It is full of beautifully worded prose--I found myself making little tics and stars beside many paragraphs to go back and examine again (my apologies to those who get the ARC from me, lol). There is some seriously high minded spirituality folded into this simple book about a woman's quest to learn to use h ...more
Paulo Coelho came highly recommended, so I'm going to give him another chance, but this book really didn't live up to my expectations. It's supposed to be spiritually enlightening, but I just found it annoying. For starters, the main character is too much of a Mary-Sue. She's beautiful, we're she's presented as critical (though we don't notice much of this), she has a gift, everyone thinks she's oh-so special. Although this book often states that a spiritual search is for everyone, at the same t ...more
.ربي ساعدني كي افهم ان كل الأشياء الرائعة التي تصادفني في الحياة ،تجئ لأني استحقها فعلاً"
ساعدني كي افهم ان ما يدفعني للبحث عن حقيقتك إنما هو القوم نفسها التي دفعت القديسين،
وان الشكوك التي تراودني هي نفسها الشكوك التي راودت القديسين،
والعنف الذي ينتابني هو عنف القديسين نفسه.
ساعدني كي اتحلي بالتواضع المطلوب،
وكي اتقبل اني لست مختلفة عن سائر البشر"

ولكن ماذا لو التقينا اكثر من شق روح واحد في الحياة الواحدة؟!

باولو كويلو من اقرب الناس لقلبي ،دايما قادر انه يفاجئني في كل كتاب ،
باحس انه قادر يتلون ويبقي
“None of us knows what might happen even the next minute, yet still we go forward. Because we trust. Because we have Faith.”
― Paulo Coelho, Brida

Angee Andino
Paulo Coelho never ceases to put down on paper every little thing I've ever needed to read about life. Every time I read his writing, I always take a sense of peace and better understanding with me.

I was given Brida this Christmas by my best friend, the person over whose shoulder I never fail to see a light, and needless to say, I was thrilled to find a Coelho book that I had not read. I rushed home the next day, picked a quiet corner of the house, and prepared myself to devour the pages, yet,
Angelica Watson (psst! amrutha)
My first Paulo - "The Alchemist" was very inspiring and motivating, but this book is very different.

First off, the story-line is brilliant - searching for a Soul-mate.
But, as the books progresses, it tends to go off track in certain places.
When Brida falls into her first trance, somehow she stops caring about finding her soulmate and for a time, The Magus is forgotten and then again the story goes back to him. It all seems very vaguely connected.

As a reader, you don't really experience the emot
هكذا مواضيع لاتروق لي ابداً وليس عندي ذرة ايمان بها ،

بالرغم من ان باولو كويلو يعتبر كاتب مفضل بالنسبة لي ، لكن بريدا من أسوأ الروايات التي مرت علي ،

لا أنصح بقراءة الروايه .
Nom Deplume
Blank toilet paper is more gripping to read, with a better plot.

Wow. This "book" was so bad that I joined Goodreads just to get it out of my system. I had a pretty good idea that this was bilge from the cover, but I picked it up and skimmed thru it anyway. It exceeded my worst expectations, and mine were pretty low to begin with. Forgive the swear words, but really.

The whole thing is some random shit about love and soulmates... err, sorry, make that Love and Soul Mates, because Coelho wants Ever
hanan al-herbish al-herbish
جمالية الرواية تكمن في الافكار الفريدة ... فالكاتب العبقري باولو يمزج الاحداث بوقائع تاريخية مهمة


تحدث عن احد الطوائف المسيحية " الكاثارية " والمعتقدات الدينية التي يؤمن بها أفراد هذه الجماعة

وكما جرت عليه العادة...قدم الكثير من الأفكار والمعاني الفلسفية الرائقة

لأهم ماقد يواجهه الانسان في حياته من مشكلات ...

لعل ابرز مالفت انتباهي من هذه الأفكار هو مسألة " الاختيار " واليقين المطلق ,

المتمثل في " ليل الظلمة " والنصيحة التي أسداها المجوسي لبريدا عندما قال

حينما تجدين طريقك عليك الا تخافي ...ع
Oct 25, 2010 Joyzi rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Lolo(grandpa) Coelho
Recommended to Joyzi by: My classmates
My friends love Brida and obviously they are Coelho fans so when I've heard that Brida was so good I was really excited to read it. My friend really like it because of the witchcraft and my friends who've read it they talked about the soulmates and how would you find your soulmate and if they believe in the "light in the shoulder sign" or the "love at first sight" and actually two of them were saying that Paulo Coelho was right in that matter because they actually seen it in there ex-girlfriend ...more
I love Paulo Coelho, I really do...but this, I wanted to throw against the wall. Not necessarily because it was a bad story, but because it - ugh, let me start over with this. There is a disclaimer in this edition that states something to the effect of "do not try this at home." While I appreciate the concern, it gives me some doubts as to how fictional he THINKS it is. Let me tell you that there is ZERO evidence of any kind of Goddess cult surviving for centuries blah blah. It's baloney. Now mo ...more
Apparently there are lots of other covers for this book, all of them more fun than the hard cover I purchased. This, despite being in another language, is the cover I have. I like the other two English versions I see better. Oh well.

I love how simplistic and concise Coehlo's books are. The word choice is always even, and, though they are "spiritual" and therefore, it suprises me that I allow myself to not only LOVE them, but really...use them out of context, in life and recommend them to others,
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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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