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Aleph by Paulo Coelho
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Nov 08, 11

Read from September 27 to October 08, 2011

I would sum up this book in two words; “delectable revelation” of Paulo’s creativity returning on the shelves once more; it is the perfect example why this man is adored and continues to inspire many across the globe touching all ethnicities.

It was far from predictable as read in “Winner Stands Alone” and better than his other autobiography-expeditions; written in the past, such as “The Valkyries”

A Journey from A to B is one thing! But a journey made by Paulo is another experience; as it will be short from dreary. The exhilaration originates at the beginning when the ‘Clairvoyant’ says “the soul of turkey will give your husband all the love she possesses, but will spill his blood before she reveals what it is she is seeking”. With this notion in mind the reader only anticipates drama/despair/conflicts to rupture as the journey progresses; but how these events are determined or transpire and unfolded is the cause for this exhilaration.

All the characters where strong in their own way, just like “Winner Stands Alone” this element of diverse characteristics made the read more exceptional. None of them over powered the other; as their characteristics clashed in a balanced form. Yao being the dark horse, Hilal as the pretentious naive adolescent woman who brings spark into the book and Paulo himself; acting out the norm in order to discover himself again. This compelled him to act on his impulsive, cheeky, loud, mischievous side; as clearly demonstrated with his poor agent Monica and many other scenes throughout the book. Even how the words were projected in the book echoed this humorous sides i.e) “I’m naked” - this made me eyes leave its socket only to further read on the other side - “apart from my underpants” - its these little cheeky parts that gave me the giggles.

On the other hand Paulo didn’t seem as brave and courageous in comparison to his other books where he takes more charge And comes out victorious/triumphant. He seemed very vulnerable in this book (not like “The Warrior of Light”). Furthermore I wish the historical panorama were written in a different style just how it was done in “Eleven Minutes” when Maria writes in her diary. This would have helped differentiate the present from the past. Nevertheless all the Past Scenes were the most intense, visual, emotional and staggering parts of the book just as well written in “Brida”. Which I thoroughly enjoyed.

All in all, this book brought a delightful smile to my face from start to end. As it had a lot of stops! rest the book on your chest and think moments, just as the “The Alchemist” made me feel. It had all the dosages of what any good book should deliver! multiple emotions; I felt overwhelming joy, immense sadness, excitement, laughs and drawn in by intense scenes, like the “Ad extirpanda” which was well described and gave a projection.

Thank you once again Mr Coelho for your inspiring words
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Marisol Bravo Awesome review! :)


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