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Preview — By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept by Paulo Coelho
By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept
From Paulo Coelho, author of the international bestseller The Alchemist, comes a poignant, richly poetic story that reflects the depth of love and life.
Rarely does adolescent love reach its full potential, but what happens when two young lovers reunite after eleven years? Time has transformed Pilar into a strong and independent woman, while her devoted childhood friend has...more
At a time when my parents and my son are dying, and can't accept love, help and support, this one paragraph in your Author's Note gave me joy and hope:
"But ultimately there is no good reason for our suffering, for in every love lies the seed of our growth. The more we love, the closer we come to a spiritual experience. Those who are truly enlightened, those whose souls are illuminated by love, have been able to overcome all the inhibitions... They have been joyful — because...more
I have made some references to this novel in some of my past blogs. But now, I am writing more about it on my personal realizations after experiencing this enigmatic literary work.
I have jotted down some lines from the book that struck me the most, and taken note of my...more
أحياناً .. أحس أني الكثير من التأجيل يجتاحنا .. الكثير من الشوق لأن نؤخر العلم الذي نريده يسكننا .. الكثير والكثير من اللهفة لأن نتواصل مع أنفسنا تزهر في قلوبنا ..
هذا الكتاب بالذات .. قرأته ولظرف ما قطعت قراءتي في منتصفه .. مضت أيام لمجرد ذكر كتاب على نهر بيدرا .. يتأجج الحب من جديد في قلبي .. لمجرد ذكر كلام باولو في الحب يجتاحني شعور غريب في ذكريات الهمسات والوسوسات والكلام المعسول .. لمجرد ذكرى باولو...more
Nothing happens in this ‘follow-your-heart’ novel, except that a women meets up again with her childhood crush and falls for him again. Apparently she could only do this because she had let God into her heart, after many years of not doing so. Ug...more
At some point, we have each said through our tears, “I’m suffering for a love that’s not worth it.” We suffer because we feel we are giving more than we receive. We suffer because our love is going unrecognized. We suffer because we are unable to impose our own rules.
True love is an act of total surrender.
You have to take risks. We will only understand the miracle of life fully when we allow the unexpected to happen.
Every day, God gives us the sun - and also o...more
horrible, pretentious, verbose, and yet basically content-free language - which in itself might be seen as quite an achievement if you're trying to do really bad writing.
and the content....?! uummmmm, empty, trite banalities and cliches. - i really dont understand how anyone who has even spent a *minute* reflecting on any philosophical question would get any sort of insight out of such a book!
as i remember it, the outline of the plot even sounded pretty promising.... sth...more
It wasn't a very cohesive story, the whole "feminine face of God" thing was cool, but fairly random and not well elaborated, the "love story" was sappy and pathetic.
It is a super short book, especially whe...more
And so the novel starts out. The most beautiful opening paragraph I’ve ever read in my life. And unless you are heartless or have never been in love, I don’t k...more
However, it still a nice one.
It gives proof that Coelho has a deep knowledge and skills about diverse religions, although it is clear that that He has more about Christianity. However, it might be hard for those non-Christianity readers when they read this book (this is only a guess).
Above all, I do believe that GOD has feminine face. Why I can say that? Well, we are,...more
حسنا .. أن تكون مسلما و تقرأ رواية ممتلئة بالمسيحية ! ..
شعور غير مريح .. أن تقرأ كل كلمة و كل حرف بكل الحذر ، و أنت متأهب لالتقاط الأفكار التي تعارض معتقداتك و الرد عليها ..
أن توغل في غابة ممتلئة بالفخاخ ..
طبعا هذا لايعني أنها رواية مؤامرة و ذلك الكلام الفارغ .. باولو يعبر عن معتقداته ببساطة .. لكنها بالضبط تلك المعتقدات التي ترفضها معتقداتي ! ..
الله ثالث ثلاثة ..
مريم التي حملت بابن الرب .. تعالى الله عن ذلك
الكهنوت ، الرهبنة و ما إلى ذلك ..
صدقوني .. لو لم أكن أ...more
A Novel of Forgiveness and Self-Discovery -- what else could you possibly wish for? :p
The story could more easily be described as a story of love, as it strives to show that “true love is an act of total surrender”. At a deeper level, Paulo Coelho also gives the message that there are no rules when it comes to love. :D
The novel also shows how "TRUE-TO-LIFE-SITUATION" of love is ridiculously connected to fairy tales (as quoted fr...more
As she meets her childhood friend, she eventually not only learns that this guy had planned to enter the seminary but also that he is a visionary of the Virgin Mary and he is able perform miracles by curing. She then leaves the normal...more
After the success of The Alchemist, I feel like Coelho just threw a bunch of ideas together and called it a new story. Sure, it has the themes of faith, love, and following your dreams, but in my opinion, the story just wasn't concrete enough to really... I don't know, actually teach you anything - if that's what Coelho sought to do. The events just felt...more
عنوان الرواية هو اقتباس لعبارة مشهورة وردت في الانجيل (العهد القديم) على لسان اليهود بعد جلائهم من أورشليم (بيت المقدس)وهو
(By the river of Babylon, we sat down and wept)
تطرح العديد التعريفات حول الحب و فلسفة وجوده والتوحد معه حتى انه قد يرتقي الى درجة يصبح فيها عباده نصرفها للرب متى ما كان الصدق موجود في صميمه.
من رؤيتي الشخصية يتم التركيز على جانبيم الاو...more
From the back of the book: Rarely does adolescent love reach its full potential, but what happens when two young lovers reunite after eleven years? Time has transformed Pilar into a strong and independent woman, while her deovted childhood friend has grown into a handsome and charismatic spiritual leader... Now, they are together once again, embarki...more
ردد بنبرة اصرار:
أريد أن أتحدث عن نوع آخر من الحب، الحب الذي يتقاسمه رجل وامرأة، ومن خلاله أيضا تظهر المعجزات
أمسكت بيديه، كان بمقدوره أن يكون عالما بأسرار الإلهة العميقة، أما الحب، فلم يكن يعرف عنه أكثر مما أعرف، حتى بعد أن جاب العالم بأسره. ولذلك كان عليه أن يدفع الثمن، أن يبادر، ذلك أن المرأة هي التي تبذل الثمن الأبهظ، أن تهب ذاتها.
لبثنا على هذه الحال لبعض الوقت، كنت أقرأ في عينيه المخاوف السحيقة التي...more
The book focuses on the relationship between Pilar and her childhood friend who is becoming a priest and can perform miracles through his dedication to the Blessed Mother. He is being cal...more
"All love stories are the same."
"Yes we are going to suffer, we will have difficult times, and we will experience many disappointments - but all this is transitory; it leaves no permanent mark. One day we will look back with pride and faith at the journey we have taken."
"I could have. - What does this phrase mean? At any given moment in our lives, there are certain things that could have happened but didn't....more
By The River Piedra I Sat Down And Wept, by Paul Coelho is one of the most beautiful book I’ve ever read. It brought me to tears. It’s a short and sweet love story and yet, very meaningful and full of lessons in life and love as well. I am so deeply moved with the love story. And No, it’s not a typically just another love story about two childhood love interests going back together and pursuing their long-lost love. It’s about what real love is and the diff...more
I would like to share this very tiny part in the book, that really amused me.
"Tell me what you know about the reli...more
If you were torn between love and your beliefs, which one will you choose? And if you could only choose one, can you live life without the other?
This book was recommended to me by a friend and was also my very first venture into the works Paulo Coelho. I remember filling almost half a notebook with memorable quotes from this novel and rightfully so because it offers a lot insight about living life, finding love and following your purpose.
Our main character, Pilar, has tremendous negativity to...more
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