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By The River Piedra I Sat Down And Wept

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What happens when shyness prevents an adolescent love affair from developing? And what happens when, 11 years later, destiny brings the lovers together again? Pilar is now an independent and strong young woman who has learnt to bury her feelings. She is studying at a small-town university when she receives an unexpected call from her old childhood sweetheart. He is now a h ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published 2009 by HarperCollins (first published February 1st 1975)
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Jun 26, 2010 Michel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: eleole, doulce
Thank you, Mr Coelho.
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
P. Cookie
Jul 26, 2007 P. Cookie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have just experienced a wonderful and enlightening love story that has moved me deeply. Indeed, Paulo Coelho's "By The River Piedra I Sat Down And Wept" is a must read for people who have lost, found, or still seeking for love.

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
Mohammed Alsaleh
هذا الكتاب .. ولأني أعرف الكم الهائل فيه من العاطفة والحب أجلت قراءته حتى أصل اللحظة الحالية !
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
Oct 20, 2011 Andrew rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, contemporary
Maybe it was a poor translation, maybe I just didn’t understand all the references to Catholicism or maybe I am not ‘spiritual’ enough, but in my opinion this book is terrible. It reads like a childish parable/love-story that an 11 year-old would write.

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
Nov 05, 2011 Ana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites

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
تنهيـــــــــــــــــدة ! ..

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
peiman-mir5 rezakhani
خیلی بیخود بود... اصلاً تو این داستان میخواست به چی برسه!؟ بهتر بود به جایِ چرخیدن به دورِ پدر روحانی و یا گریه کردن در کنارِ رودخانۀ « پیدرا» خوش رو می انداخت تو رودخانه، تا کرۀ زمین به راحتی از شرِّ یک خرافاتی و یک موجودِ همیشه در حالِ دعا، راحت بشه... چقدر یک موجود میتونه درمانده و بدبخت باشه که مسیرِ زندگیش رو کشیش و کلیسا و یا هر دین و مذهبِ دیگه، تعیین کنه
چقدر یک موجود میتونه خرافاتی و متوهم باشه که به چیزی که نه دیده میشه و نه احساس میشه و وجودش به هیچ روشی ثابت نشده، صفت بده و برای اون ج
Feb 26, 2011 Riana rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
this book was a joke.

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
Aj the Ravenous Reader
A very, intense, emotional read. A deviation from Cuelho's usual themes in his books.
Nikita T. Mitchell
“By the River Piedra I sat down and wept. There is a legend that everything falls into the waters of this river – leaves, insects, the feathers of bird – is transformed into the rocks that make the riverbed. If only I could tear out my heart and hurl it into the current, then my pain and longing would be over, and I could finally forget.”

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
Aug 23, 2009 treehugger rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spiritual, read_2009
This book wasn't even close to as good as The Alchemist, and it seems as though it was translated really poorly too. If I could read Portugese I would try it, but since I'm limited to English or Spanish, I think I'm done with trying to make this book better than my original reaction deemed it.

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
May 01, 2008 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept" tells of Pilar, a frustrated scholar looking for some greater meaning in the endless cycle of her days. When a childhood friend contacts her, she is surprised to learn that her former playmate is now a charismatic spiritual leader, someone revered as a miracle worker. She is even more astonished when he reveals that Pilar has always been his great love. Confused by this sudden opportunity for a new chance at life, Pilar gradually comes to realize that the ...more
Fatema Hassan , bahrain

افتتح قراءة ثلاثية باولو كويلو برواية
( على نهر بييدرا هناك جلست فبكيت )

بعد أن أغلقت روايته / إحدى عشرة دقيقة / منذ ، كنت أعلم أني لن أعاود القراءة لكويلو في وقت قريب، هذا العام قررت أن أسقط احقادي عليه دون مبررات، و ربما تشفّع له الخيميائي عندي، على كل حال هذه الرواية ليست بداية مبشرة، ولكن سأدير له خدي الأيسر لحين تنتهي ثلاثيته.

أجمل ما في الرواية عنوانها، فالمفترض بها أن تكون رواية روحانية ! و إذا كان غيري سيعتبرها مغذية روحانيًا، أفضل التضور جوعًا، روحي شبعى بتعاليم أكثر وضوحًا و صلابة لا تقب
عبدالله اليعقوبي
ضميري يمنعني غالبا من أن أبدأ كتابا ولا أنهيه !
كويلو حبيب الجماهير .. :/
الرواية فقيرة ،
من زاوية الحب فالقصة بسيطة ولا تصلح قصة غرام .
أما من زاوية الإيمان ومعرفة الله فالرواية أتت بتساؤلات قد يطرحها الملحد أو ضعيف الإيمان، ثم ماذا بعد أين الأجوبة ؟؟!
ربما هي آخر رواية أقرأها لباولو ... فالحياة أقصر من أن نقرأ كتبا لا تضيف إلى إيماننا وعواطفنا وحبنا شيئا يذكر.
Nov 20, 2008 Ancilla rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-english
This is another book of Coelho which couldn't give me satisfaction as what The Alchemist does. I learn a lot from The Alchemist.

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,
DeeDee 3kk
Nov 27, 2014 DeeDee 3kk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-buy
في البدايه تجد المقدمه العربيه بقلم باولو كويلو تتحدث عن احد القصصه الموروثه بالعلم الصوفي

والروايه كلها تتحدث عن نفس فكره التصوف
الا وهو حب الاله
بطريقه مسيحيه
حب المسيح وحب مريم العذراء

نسير معا مع بيلار وصديق طفولتها الى رحله البحث عن الذات , واعاده ايمانهما
لضحض التناقضات واختبار مشاعرهما

المساله هنا مساله الدروب المختلفه التي يسلكها الفرد لتحديد مصيره

هل سعينا بالارض مجدا اما لا؟
هل نحن سعداء فيه ام لا؟
هل هناك شيئا ندمنا عليه ام لا؟

اسئله ينسى الانسان ان يطرحها على نفسه في مسيرته

asma Qadah
Sep 06, 2009 asma Qadah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: friend-s-gift
رغبة القراءة لباولو كويلو لا تقاوم/ مهما كا ن نوع الكتاب أو الرواية و أحداثها. بدأت القراءة قبل خمسة أيام و أنهيتها قبل يومين، أعدت قراءة بعد الأحداث و التفاصيل التي تستحق الإعادة مئات المرات و تستحق الوقوف عندها مطوّلاً. على الرغم من أنني لا أقرأ الكتب المترجمة إلا بعد التحقق من المترجم؛ إلا أنني عند روايات كويلو أنسى هذا الأمري لعلمي و تأكّدي من أنه لا يسمح بصدور نسخ مترجمة إلا بعد تحققه من ترجمتها؛ و ستعرفون ذلك -ربما- من خلال مقدماته التي يكتبها للنسخ العربية خاصة. لذلك أجدني أفكر كثيراً قبل ...more
Mar 19, 2016 Preeti rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
If you're expecting another The Alchemist, just stop right there, turn around, and never look back. Seriously. Trust me and do yourself a favor.

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
Sep 28, 2012 Salymar rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-read, ebooks
B E A U T I F U L is the appropriate word to describe this novel. ;)
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
Omid Majidy Pour
یکی از بزرگترین اشتباهات یک کتابخون اینه که وقتی می خواد از یک نویسنده بخونه، اول بره سراغ کتاب های خوب و شاهکار اون نویسنده...
اشتباهی که من در مورد پائولو کردم، اول کیمیاگر و یازده دقیقه رو خوندم، حالا هر کتابی ازش می خونم دیگه خوشم نمیاد! :|
Sura  ✿
2.5 stars *

The novel is about the struggle between who we are and who we want to be , surrendering and making concessions to ourselves and the people we love .

I'm a Muslim and we believe that God has no son wife or feminine face, though i enjoy roaming in the thoughts of other people religions, thus this novel has much much details :D
any way i liked the second idea of the novel of crossing the boundaries that we put to ourselves and let the "other" voice inside as control our lives and decisi
Kamae Acejo
Apr 16, 2010 Kamae Acejo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: life-and-love
Pilar is like all the other woman from the barrio who is smart and has her life all planned. But as she visits a childhood friend that she secretly loves. She embarks in a journey that will give her a chance to rebuild her life and have the gift to love ones again.
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
Atilio Frasson
Dec 28, 2014 Atilio Frasson rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
"La Bola en la Ingle" tiene más trama que esto.
Mai Kais
Jun 09, 2012 Mai Kais rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
هي رواية مزيج بين افكار جديدة و تقليدية – احداث متوقعه واخرى غير متوقعة و تتلخص في عبارة واحدة فقط :"إن الله واحد و إن تعددت طرق الوصول إليه".

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
Eman Alshareef

أكثر رواية قرباً إلى قلبي وسأكتفي بنقل المقطع الذي أسرني .. و الذي اقرأه مرارا وتكرارا دون ملل

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
Jun 08, 2012 Liz rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Well, originally I wanted to give this book one star, but after skimming through a few other peoples' reviews I felt bad to be so harsh. This is my second Coelho book, and I was utterly disappointed. I read Eleven Minutes and was absolutely wowed, but this book lacked too many elements beyond Coelho's philosophical musing to really capture my attention, and make me think in a way I hadn't thought prior to reading this book. The whole book felt a little trite. I left this book feeling as if I har ...more
Jennifer Lane
This was a very interesting take on a romance novel. It was probably more of a spiritual and philosophical guide, but romance did figure prominently.

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
ثريا بترجي
Nov 11, 2011 ثريا بترجي rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
عندما قالوا عن روايات پاولو كويلو بأنها "عالمية" فذلك لانه يكتب بلغة الحب ويستخدم المفاهيم الانسانية المشتركة التي يفضلها غالبية الناس على اختلافهم.. يدعوا دائما للبحث عن الحب الحقيقي بل و يجعل في بحثه مشقة ليكسب تعاطفنا، يدافع بجدية عن المشاعر الصادقة حتى ولو بدت سطحية او سخيفة فيخفف عنا الخيبة او الاحباط من حب كان من طرف واحد او قصة حب لم تكن موفقة، يطالب بالذوبان في الاخر مع التعمق في اكتشاف الذات. ويجعل الحب محور رحلة الحياة و يشارك المخلوقات الكونية في الرحلة، فالصخور تتفاعل و حبات الرمل تت ...more
Heather Maria
May 19, 2009 Heather Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very amazing book I know I will keep coming back to read again and again.
Some quotes:
"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.
Aug 24, 2012 Asmita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Goodreads - Meet your next favourite book. This is a must-read for all the people looking for love and also for the ones who have lost the love of their lives and do not believe in it any more. True Love means Complete Surrender. Letting go of The Other. To Love is to Let Go. Do Not Be a Mountain. So many more life changing truths. His writing style is simple, lucid and easy to understand. It's just another love story. And until you reach the last nineteen pages, it will be just a love story. Bu ...more
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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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