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The Witch Of Portobello

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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.

297 pages
Published (first published 2006)
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Raych
Mar 09, 2008 Raych rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Julia
Oct 30, 2007 Julia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Huda Yahya

ونجح باولو كويلو في أن يجعلني أعطي نجمة واحدة لكتاب يمجد قداسة الأنثى
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الرواية واحدة من أكثر الكتب التي قرأتها إملالا وسخافة
بغض النظر عن التنمية البشرية التي تنضح بها الرواية
والتي هي عادة أصيلة عند كويلو
فالرواية كبناء ضعيفة
ورسم شخصياتها لم يكن على القدر المتوقع منه خاصة من كاتب رواية احدى عشر دقيقة
وفوق كل ذلك الرواية لم تأتِ بجديد

فلا متعة في الحكاية ولا في الفلسفة
وليست هناك قيمة من أي نوع

فقط غثاء وقرقرة ودس ألف نصيحة سيريالية لا معنى لها

وأخيرا روحانية كويلو تثير الغيظ
فعالمه ليس له وجود على ارض
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Mykle
Mar 23, 2008 Mykle rated it did not like it  ·  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
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jill
Jan 03, 2009 jill rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: found-on-a-plane
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
Lynn Wilson
Jan 16, 2009 Lynn Wilson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
هديل خلوف
Feb 17, 2014 هديل خلوف rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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⊱ Poppy ⊰
‘The Witch of Portobello’ by Paulo Coelho is not a straight biographical book or the opinion of the writer on its main protagonists. It’s what the other people transcribe the writer about the women, the Witch of Portobello.

“No one lights a lamp in order to hide it behind the door……..No one sacrifices the most important thing she possesses: love. No one places her dreams in the hands of those who might destroy them. No one, that is, but Athena.”

It’s the story of Athena, or Sherine Khalil, who w
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Lamski Kikita
Aug 19, 2008 Lamski Kikita rated it it was amazing  ·  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,
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Abby
Jul 30, 2007 Abby rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Matt
Mar 30, 2008 Matt rated it did not like it  ·  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
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Ahmad Sharabiani
A Bruxa de Portobello = The witch of portobello, Paulo Coelho
عنوان: ساحره پورتوبلو؛ ساحره ی پورتوبلو؛ جادوگر پورتوبلو؛
عنوان: ساحره ی پورتوبلو؛ نویسنده: پائولو کوئیلو؛ مترجم: آرش حجازی؛ تهران، کاروان، چاپ اول تا سوم 1386؛ در 295 ص؛ شابک: 9789648497946؛ چاپ چهارم تام ششم 1387؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان برزیلی - قرن 21 م
عنوان: ساحره پورتوبلو؛ نویسنده: پائولو کوئیلو؛ مترجم: مسیحا برزگر؛ تهران، آسیم، 1386؛ در 16 و 260 ص؛ شابک: 9789644183898؛ چاپ دیگر: تهران، ذهن آویز، 1387؛ در چهارده و 260 ص؛ شابک
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Amy McHugh
Jun 25, 2008 Amy McHugh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Kirsty
Mar 10, 2008 Kirsty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Andrea
Oct 02, 2008 Andrea rated it it was ok  ·  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
Brandon
Dec 15, 2008 Brandon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Saddam Bouchaib
Oct 31, 2013 Saddam Bouchaib rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
أنهيت الرواية لان ضميري يمنعني غالبا من أن أبدأ كتابا ولا أنهيه !

كانت واحدة من أكثر الروايات التي قرأتها مللا وسخافة

ربما تشبعت من الكلام الصوفي و "الام الكبرى" فهي بعيدة جدا عن معتقداتي... فلماذا البحث عن معرفة الله في الطبيعة أو عن طريق الرقص أو طقوس اعتبرها شعودة

فكرة عبادة الطبيعة و أن "الله لم يخلق الكون بل الله هو الكون" و "الإلهة الأنثى" كلها أفكار وثنية قديمة و لا علاقة لها بالإسلام. لاني تفاجات بالكثير من القراء المسلمين ممن تقبلوا هده الأفكار بحجة أنها مغذية روحانيًا..في رأيي أن يتشبعوا
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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."
Mohammad Dawood
ساحرة بورتوبيللو باولو كويلو

تعليق:

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
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Caroline
Mar 22, 2008 Caroline rated it did not like it  ·  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.
راڤـــــان
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
Bayan Al-Halabi
Mar 17, 2016 Bayan Al-Halabi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
إلى ما بعد منتصفها كنت قد رأيتها الرواية الأروع لباولو، لكن الأجزاء الأخيرة كادت تقتلني ، فلولاها ولولا بعض أفكار الكاتب التي أمقتها مثل:(روح العالم، الأم الكبرى...) ناهيك عن كونها مكررة في الروايات الثلاثة الأخرى التي قرأتها له لكنت أعطيتها النجمة الخامسة.
لا بأس.. الرواية جميلة وتقدير النجمات الأربع منصف لها.
Indri Juwono
Mar 23, 2011 Indri Juwono rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sastra-dunia
#2011-13#

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
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Fateh Brgl
Sep 06, 2016 Fateh Brgl rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
كالعادة .... لا جديد مع باولو كويللو ... قليل من الحكم العربية وقليل من الشخصيات الغير مكتملة وسر عظيم هو بصدد كشفه والذي هو مع الاسف السر نفسه الذي كتب عنه في كل تجاربي السابقة معه (الخيميائي- مخطوطة وجدت في عكرا) بداية الرواية قوية إلى ان تهوي بك مثل عربات الملاهي بنصوص مكررة وحوارات مبالغ بسردها اللهم الا في هذه الرواية التي اعتمد على الكثير من الشخصيات الجانبية للكشف عن جوانب بطله الرواية
قد تكون جيده لفلم ممل لمن يهوى ذلك لكن كرواية فهي دون المستوى
اعتقد انها تجربتي الاخيرة مع باولو كويللو
Nasim Dehghan
یک کتاب دیگه از پائولو کوئلیو و انتشارات کاروانِ عزیز. این کتاب هم به سبک بقیه آثار کوئلیو بود.

-پیش رویم دو راه بود، راه کمتر پیموده را برگزیدم، و تمام فرق ماجرا در همین بود
-تنهایی، وقی سعی می کنیم با آن درگیر شویم، خیلی از ما قوی تر است، اما وقتی نادیده اش بگیریم، ضعیف می شود
-هرگاه خودمان را با شعف تسلیم هر حرکتی کنیم، مغز قدرت مهارش را از دست می دهد و قلب اختیار جسم را در دست می گیرد
-اگر موفق نشوند، آن ها را نالایق می خوانند. اگر موفق شوند، مجبورند همیشه در حال رشد بمانند!
-تنها دلیل وجود موسی
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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
ولم
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Odai Alsaeed
Jan 26, 2009 Odai Alsaeed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Izlinda
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
Reemawi
May 04, 2010 Reemawi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Chris Dietzel
Sep 21, 2016 Chris Dietzel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It says a lot about how great of a storyteller Coelho is that this book is no where near as good as The Alchemist and not even as good as Veronika Decides to Die and yet it was still entertaining, a quick read, and most importantly for Coelho's readers, enlightening on how people work and the lessons we can learn from life.
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