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Inspirations: Selections from Classic Literature

3.61 of 5 stars 3.61  ·  rating details  ·  276 ratings  ·  22 reviews
'Anthology' comes from the Greek word that stands for garlands - a bouquet of flowers. An anthology then, should be a small token of something much larger. In the case of flowers, they bring to mind the colour & fragrance of the fields, of a season. Coelho's anthology, therefore, is not only a collection of texts or poems, but a gift, something arranged according to hi ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published May 24th 2011 by Penguin Classic (first published 2010)
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I've recently started really enjoying to read anthology collections. I think that it gives me the opportunity to get a taste of different styles of writing without getting myself into a book that I might not enjoy. This collection was about classic works of writing, the majority which I have read before. It surprised me how many I had already read and loved. Really, that was back when writing was GOOD and intense. An interesting collection of writing.
A great collection of a selection of famous works of literature chose by Paulo Coelho and sorted into sections of all the elements, Earth, Air, Water, Fire.
Covering such diverse works as Hans Anderson's The ugly duckling to the Dead sea scrolls there is something in this volume to please everyone.
Personally I would rather read a whole novel than just excerpts as many I had read before and others that I was interested in just gave you a brief, tantalising glimpse but then that is the nature of th
An enjoyable and quick book of excerpts, organized beautifully by Paulo Coelho. A lovely book to have on your shelf, to pull out and read a small story.
Taymara Jagmohan
Classically arranged, and wonderfully vented. : )

-Being natural, doesn't mean being common.

As the other guy said, the excerpts are from well-known works, and they weren't bound together in any deep, cohesive way. In fact, whenever Coelho started talking about how they do relate to each other at the beginning of each segment, I rolled my eyes and skipped over. I knew this when I bought the book, but I only bought it because I'm not very well-read and haven't read quite a few of the books that are borrowed from in this anthology. I've been meaning to get around to a few of them, and I t ...more
Bold experimentation or phoning it in?
Some of Coelho's own work is brilliant in its wise simplicity, so I had high hopes that his personal favorites from the world literature would be particularly meaningful. This selection of classic excerpts is disappointing. In part because it is already familiar material, but also because without some kind of more detailed commentary, it feels like a rip-off where old Paulo just dumped together some random stuff from his library shelves: the Ugly Duckling, M
Quick enjoyable read. Interesting reading peices from works I'm already familiar with while considering why Mr. Coelho chose these particular sections. Even more rewarding to read other passages from works I've not yet discovered. Will be picking up a few new classics to enjoy as a result.
Cherie Kephart
Sweet, charming read. Love the selections. Brought me back to rereading some lovely, inspiring stories.
Very nice stories, small, informative and full of message
where is the simplicity of coelho's writing.
Janurey Sebastian
Suddenly I'm informed...
Deepak Dev
How many people can read all the pieces in it with some sort satisfaction after buying it for $9,if he is not a faaaaaaan of paulo.Sure he might have done no tedious work to produce a such a catalog of diverging tastes.He just divided all the story bits in to four portions -four elements .A common reader may not feel the same way as paulo visualized, and I must say he is making money with less effort.
My personal favourite is Bhagavad Gita excerpt towards the end of the book. Perfect selection to get into the anthology, another is Kahlil Gibran. The rest were vaguely boring and without any real coherence to his introduction in each chapter. It's a disappointment to be honest.
Feb 23, 2011 Katherine rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Katherine by: Rebeccarehfeld
I liked the choices he made but aside from the short introduction, I wish he had explained more as to why he chose each novel and how it relates to the theme.
This lovely little volume will give you a taste of many classics that you may never have an chance to read otherwise. Really cleverly arranged.
Excluding Lawrence, the rest were beautiful selections. Especially Yeats' poem and the absurd extract from Garcia Marquez's famous book.
Elspeth LaMorte
Not rating because anthology from too many different authors and kinds of texts. Enjoyed it though.
Ambar Parashar
Awesome book, consists of excerpts from superb novels and other books.
Marie-pierre Stien
A small insipid collection of already well-known essays.
Paras Allana
Sadly, this would also make Coelho money.
Jazzy D
A book to revisit every few years.
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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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