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Eleven Minutes by Paulo Coelho
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Jul 10, 12

bookshelves: erotic, read-years-ago, literature, spiritual
Read in January, 2006

I found this book to be Coelho’s best work. Paul Di Filippo of The Washington Post wrote, “Sacred sex. A paradoxical, utopian impossibility or a life- sustaining, attainable goal? This is the major question that underpins Paulo Coelho's new novel, Eleven Minutes, the tale of Maria, a naive young woman from Brazil who becomes a high-class prostitute in Switzerland. (The title of the book refers to the hypothetical average duration for an act of coitus.) And while Coelho comes down firmly in the end for the reality of a holy carnality, the path he takes to that affirmation acknowledges completely the snares and labyrinths awaiting any explorer of the fusion of body and soul.” Could not possibly say it any better.
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