If you did happen to read this sacred text, that has been around for centuries longer than some acknowledge as even a possible thing, then may I suggeIf you did happen to read this sacred text, that has been around for centuries longer than some acknowledge as even a possible thing, then may I suggest the Rig Vedas. The Rig Veda Awesome reading. Such perfection.
This is a later read from Paulo Coelho, which honestly, after reading three of his earlier works, back to back, I chose this one from the stack, basedThis is a later read from Paulo Coelho, which honestly, after reading three of his earlier works, back to back, I chose this one from the stack, based solely on the cover, breaking my decision to read them in perfect order.
This is a different Paulo Coelho from the mystical, wandering about the hills or the deserts in natures beauty, seeking and finally finding a way, the way, to seek and find your own way through the maze of your own spiritual journey.
In "The Winner Stands Alone" Coelho takes a decidedly urban, upscale bent, into the journey. In this one there are celebrities, wannabes, men, lost—souled men, they are nothing but greedy. Greedy for women, being number one, and of course, greedy for money. Isn't it always about the money? The desire for it, that need for more, more, more, that greed will make a person do the most unlikely things, sometimes atrocious things, especially when a person has lost their way in the world. Lost their heart, when everything is meaningless except the next buck, the next award, the next conquest, well, it does make their journey a different one than Santiago's, that's for sure.
In the back of the book is A Conversation With Paulo Coelho. This is a thing I like about all his books, in the back are all these extra treats to read. Here is one thing he had to say about "The Winner Stands Alone."
Interviewer: "The Alchemist" is about following your dreams. "The Winner Stands Alone" is about paying a terrible price for following your dreams. What is the ultimate message you would like this book to deliver and is there a definite moral of the story?
Paulo Coelho: I beg to differ: "The Winner Stands Alone" is not about paying a terrible price for your dreams. On the contrary, it is about the gigantic price we pay for allowing ourselves to chase illusions, instead of our true dreams. I don't think it's a moralistic book—even though I describe it without concessions as a "dream factory"—but I do hope the reader will be able to see it as a warning rather than a manifesto....more
Wow, I'm blown away by all the neg reviews. Even knowing all our mixed-up, varied opinions are what makes the world keep going on and on, round and arWow, I'm blown away by all the neg reviews. Even knowing all our mixed-up, varied opinions are what makes the world keep going on and on, round and around and around. As for me and my humble opinion of "The Lacuna? I was blown away. Masterful, well-researched, well-written work of art. Loved it and plan on re-reading it. ...more
I'm sick. Afflicted with a disorder, one all would dread, one affecting neural transmitters, affecting the way a thought might be ordered, or worse? WI'm sick. Afflicted with a disorder, one all would dread, one affecting neural transmitters, affecting the way a thought might be ordered, or worse? Written. Losing an arm or leg might not have this profound an affect on me, personally; my brain being something I placed a mighty high value on. Sadly, that's neither here nor there, for what is, is where I go from here. How I deal the hand dealt. But then, like Arturo Belanos, I'm nothing if not multi-faceted, multi-layered, complicated, a human being. IN FULL GLORY.
Which brings me to "The Savage Detective" and the genius of Bolaño. He gives us this birds eye view. A 360° arial ever-widening, far-reaching grasp of all these perceptions of his maybe•kinda•sorta•semi-autobiographical, main character, Arturo Belanos. We begin to feel we know him, we do, but he, like all of us, is all these different people, to so many people he becomes, in time ineffably HUMAN.
With every insight into a human's frailties and misfires, their joys and sadness, perversions, delusions and fuck-ups, all the myriad loves gained and lost—"The Savage Detective's" is all this and more. O! It's so much more than this. There is a world in this here book. A world of Poetry. Longing. Despair. Twilight nights of a Beauty-a Mexican Beauty. There is Humour. Sex. Los Sucidas Mezcal. It's the Mother of All Road Trips. And always, always, always The Writing.
It comes back to the writing. It comes back to do or die. Finding new paths—pathways. New ways. The old ways are done. Finite. Gone are the days of old, when my affliction was verb-eee-ahh-sah-tee. Putting in every f n word u c? Even throwing in, for good measure, the purina, bowl and the kitty. Lessons Learned? Don't put in-What you can't take out. It was the writing that tipped me off to this being a "real" problem, it giving pause to things like grammar and editing.
I can thank God that like a lot on this beautiful planet, these things have a way of re-generating. Amazing. I feel it happening now. It makes me feel like a Savage. A Detective of my own body. A Savage Detective.
Lesson Two? Don't jump in a moving Impala making a quick qet-away. Oh my Juan, we hardly knew ye. We cry for you, we who remember you at all. And I do. ...more
My book copy is a 1950 Hardbook. It is the detailed account of father and son team Lowell Thomas Sr. and Jr.'s trek from Siliguri, India to Lhasa, TibMy book copy is a 1950 Hardbook. It is the detailed account of father and son team Lowell Thomas Sr. and Jr.'s trek from Siliguri, India to Lhasa, Tibet. They traveled by donkeys through mountain passages and crossing flowing rivers, staying overnight and photographing the friendly villagers they met along the way. These stories and pictorial views were fascinating in and of themselves but they were going until they reached their intended destination.
The sixteen year old Dali Lama. The Thirteenth of his line to be pronounced by the Oracle. At sixteen he was to young to rule on his own without the guidance of His Protector. And Lowell and Lowell Thomas had unprecedented access to the young Dali Lama, his family, his Abbots, Protectors and the monks at Drepung Gompa and all the other monasteries.
Beautiful photographs, from every stage in their journey, are placed between every second and third page, highlighting the descriptive passages. A look into a lost world of Tibet, the colorful and spiritual lives of the monks, that resided there for centuries, spinning out their prayer wheels, each hat worn for a display of identity. A culture richly carved out throughout centuries of history. All caught by the Thomas's camera's unprecedented eye.
When they made that journey back through the villages and mountain passages which led them on the path back towards civilization home—once again, they received a presidential welcome. Lowell Thomas Jr. recounts:
"...the President asked me about our journey. So I spread a map before him and pointed out the route we had taken. Mr. Truman studied it for a moment, sighed wistfully and said that he had dreamed of visiting Lhasa, but that he would probably never have the opportunity. The message I turned over to President Truman had been handwritten in Tibetan characters with a bamboo pen on parchment made from the bark of of the Tibetan tree dated the sixteenth day of the seventh month of the Earth Bull year (September 7, 1949)," and read:
"Now that Lowell Thomas Sr., and Lowell Thomas Jr., have been able to visit Tibet they are well acquainted with all facts about this country. Therefore the government of Tibet hopes that from them the President of The United States, the people of America, and those who live in other countries as well, will soon come to know more about Tibet as well. That it is a holy, independent country, a religious country, ruled over by His Holiness, the Dali Lama, who is the True Incarnation of Chenrezi, the Buddha of Mercy. Furthermore, that all Tibetans, including the civilian population as well as the monks, are entirely devoted to religion. We have learned that, unfortunately, throughout this world at the present time, there is an abscence of peace and happiness—this because of troubles between people's, and disturbances and conflicts of many kinds. We, the government of Tibet, are much worried, deeply concerned over the present state of the world in which we all live. And we are eager to have it known that here in Tibet, a land that is especially dedicated to religion, all of our people's, both lay and monk, are earnestly praying that God will grant happiness and everlasting peace to to all humanity."...more