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By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept by Paulo Coelho
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Aug 24, 2009

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bookshelves: nuns-and-priests, 2010, adult, love-stories
Recommended to Mili by: My cousin
Read from August 08 to 12, 2010

This book held my interest but somehow I was expecting more. It focused on spirituality and a man's call to the religious life vs. that of marriage. While reading the book, I thought Coelho spent too much time deliberately clouding the plot with his character's musings and rambling state of mind, but then I remembered that I was reading a translation of a Latin author's work -- it is exceedingly difficult to transmit the Latin mindset easily into English, as anyone who's read a work in Spanish or Portuguese followed by its English translation knows. When I have time, I'd like to read the novel in Spanish to see if it rings truer, although I don't know if the Portuguese-to-Spanish translation is any less difficult...

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08/10/2010 page 76
37.0% "These characters speak like hippies."

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