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By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept

(On the Seventh Day #1)

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  78,957 ratings  ·  3,418 reviews
From Paulo Coelho, author of the bestselling The Alchemist, comes a poignant, richly poetic story that reflects the depth of love and life.

Rarely does adolescent love reach its full potential, but what happens when two young lovers reunite after eleven years? Time has transformed Pilar into a strong and independent woman, while her devoted childhood friend has grown into a
Paperback, 208 pages
Published May 23rd 2006 by HarperOne (first published 1994)
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Tiago 210 pages in English. But there is a lot of unused space between sub chapters, so the text length is probably more similar to a normal 180 pages book.…more210 pages in English. But there is a lot of unused space between sub chapters, so the text length is probably more similar to a normal 180 pages book.

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Apr 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: eleole, doulce
Thank you, Mr Coelho.
At a time when my parents and my son are dying, and can't accept love, help and support, this one paragraph in your Author's Note gave me joy and hope:
"But ultimately there is no good reason for our suffering, for in every love lies the seed of our growth. The more we love, the closer we come to a spiritual experience. Those who are truly enlightened, those whose souls are illuminated by love, have been able to overcome all the inhibitions... They have been joyful — because
P. Cookie
Jul 26, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have just experienced a wonderful and enlightening love story that has moved me deeply. Indeed, Paulo Coelho's "By The River Piedra I Sat Down And Wept" is a must read for people who have lost, found, or still seeking for love.

I have made some references to this novel in some of my past blogs. But now, I am writing more about it on my personal realizations after experiencing this enigmatic literary work.

I have jotted down some lines from the book that struck me the most, and taken note of my
Mohammed Alsaleh
Apr 16, 2012 rated it liked it
هذا الكتاب .. ولأني أعرف الكم الهائل فيه من العاطفة والحب أجلت قراءته حتى أصل اللحظة الحالية !
أحياناً .. أحس أني الكثير من التأجيل يجتاحنا .. الكثير من الشوق لأن نؤخر العلم الذي نريده يسكننا .. الكثير والكثير من اللهفة لأن نتواصل مع أنفسنا تزهر في قلوبنا ..
هذا الكتاب بالذات .. قرأته ولظرف ما قطعت قراءتي في منتصفه .. مضت أيام لمجرد ذكر كتاب على نهر بيدرا .. يتأجج الحب من جديد في قلبي .. لمجرد ذكر كلام باولو في الحب يجتاحني شعور غريب في ذكريات الهمسات والوسوسات والكلام المعسول .. لمجرد ذكرى باولو
Charlotte May
Oct 03, 2017 rated it liked it
“To love is to lose control.”

Hm, this is a strange and hard one to review.
On the one hand, there is no plot, barely anything happens at all.
Yet on the other the writing is so lyrical, so peaceful, and tackles such interesting and important topics that it kept me reading.

Pilar is invited to a seminar by an old friend. Their reunion strikes a chord and changes them both. They travel together across parts of Spain and France, discussing life, love, faith and spirituality.
A lot of the focus is o
Nov 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites

At some point, we have each said through our tears, “I’m suffering for a love that’s not worth it.” We suffer because we feel we are giving more than we receive. We suffer because our love is going unrecognized. We suffer because we are unable to impose our own rules.

True love is an act of total surrender.

You have to take risks. We will only understand the miracle of life fully when we allow the unexpected to happen.

Every day, God gives us the sun - and also o
Shwan Majeed
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
رواية اخرى رائعة من الكاتب الكبير باولو كويلو, عند قراءة الكتاب تذهب الى رحلة جميلة وانت تقراء كل صفحة منها ورحلة جميلة لاكتشاف الذات والحب والدين والكثير والكثير من الاشياء التي يكون الانسان عادتنا فيه مُحير الافكار والقرار.
من الأشياء الجميلة في الكتاب هي الحب بين شخصين عكس الافكار والمعتقد ولكن (الحب) الذي جمعهم وقرر ان يحبوا بعظهم على رغم اختلاف الفكار, وهي الحب الذي جعل الاثنين يتقبل افكار الاخر ويؤمن به ويمكن ان نقول ايظا ان يختار الافضل له وللشخص الذي يحبه.
هي رواية سرد لنا الايمان والحب وا
Mar 04, 2019 rated it did not like it
“If pain must come, may it come quickly. Because I have a life to live, and I need to live it in the best way possible. If he has to make a choice, may he make it now. Then I will either wait for him or forget him.”
― Paulo Coelho, By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept

Really!... Is this a joke??!! because I thought this was absolutely horrible.

Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
*takes deep breath*
Okay , so I saw a GR update about this book and I was like yeah..!! I have read it and its a really good one but i couldnt remember the plot and everything. So I started searching for this book and for what it felt like a million years I found it and read it AGAIN.
Then I mentally slapped my brain for not remembering this book, and my brain was like -'yeah..!! Theres only one explanation for not remembering it, that the aliens must have had abducted me and wiped my memory clean
Ahmad Sharabiani
Na margem do rio Piedra eu sentei e chorei = By the river piedra I sat down ond wept, Paulo Coelho
By the River Piedra I sat Down and Wept (Portuguese: Na margem do rio Piedra eu sentei e chorei) is the first part in Coelho's trilogy "On the Seventh Day". The other two parts are Veronika Decides to Die and The Devil and Miss Prym. Their subject is a week in the life of someone ordinary to whom something extraordinary happens. The story focuses on Pilar, an independent young woman, who is frustrat
Athena ღ
Πρώτη επαφή με τον Coelho, όχι και η καλύτερη!
Ξεκινά ενδιαφέρον, κάπου χάνεται κάπου κουράζει με τόσες αναφορές στη θρησκεία..
تنهيـــــــــــــــــدة ! ..

حسنا .. أن تكون مسلما و تقرأ رواية ممتلئة بالمسيحية ! ..

شعور غير مريح .. أن تقرأ كل كلمة و كل حرف بكل الحذر ، و أنت متأهب لالتقاط الأفكار التي تعارض معتقداتك و الرد عليها ..

أن توغل في غابة ممتلئة بالفخاخ ..

طبعا هذا لايعني أنها رواية مؤامرة و ذلك الكلام الفارغ .. باولو يعبر عن معتقداته ببساطة .. لكنها بالضبط تلك المعتقدات التي ترفضها معتقداتي ! ..

الله ثالث ثلاثة ..

مريم التي حملت بابن الرب .. تعالى الله عن ذلك

الكهنوت ، الرهبنة و ما إلى ذلك ..

صدقوني .. لو لم أكن أ
peiman-mir5 rezakhani
خیلی بیخود بود... اصلاً تو این داستان میخواست به چی برسه!؟ بهتر بود به جایِ چرخیدن به دورِ پدر روحانی و یا گریه کردن در کنارِ رودخانۀ « پیدرا» خوش رو می انداخت تو رودخانه، تا کرۀ زمین به راحتی از شرِّ یک خرافاتی و یک موجودِ همیشه در حالِ دعا، راحت بشه... چقدر یک موجود میتونه درمانده و بدبخت باشه که مسیرِ زندگیش رو کشیش و کلیسا و یا هر دین و مذهبِ دیگه، تعیین کنه
چقدر یک موجود میتونه خرافاتی و متوهم باشه که به چیزی که نه دیده میشه و نه احساس میشه و وجودش به هیچ روشی ثابت نشده، صفت بده و برای اون ج
Feb 25, 2011 rated it did not like it
this book was a joke.

horrible, pretentious, verbose, and yet basically content-free language - which in itself might be seen as quite an achievement if you're trying to do really bad writing.

and the content....?! uummmmm, empty, trite banalities and cliches. - i really dont understand how anyone who has even spent a *minute* reflecting on any philosophical question would get any sort of insight out of such a book!

as i remember it, the outline of the plot even sounded pretty promising.... sth
May 25, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
داستان هفت روز از زندگی دختری به نام پیلار که با پذیرفتن دعوت یک کنفرانس از طرف دوست دوران کودکی اش از زندگی روزمره و تکراری خودش خارج میشه و زندگی تازه ای رو شروع میکنه که سرشار از ناشناخته هاست

داستان اصلی کتاب زیادی کلیشه ای و خسته کننده بود اما جنبه ای از کتاب که برای من از جذابیت ویژه ای برخوردار بود قسمتیه که به ساختار دو قطبی خدواند و جنبه های مادینه ی او پرداخته . اینکه برخلاف باور بسیاری از مذاهب ، خداوند همزمان هم مرد هست و هم زن ، و نه فقط مرد
در این ساختار دو قطبی ، قطب مادرانه و مادین
Aug 13, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read_2009, spiritual
This book wasn't even close to as good as The Alchemist, and it seems as though it was translated really poorly too. If I could read Portugese I would try it, but since I'm limited to English or Spanish, I think I'm done with trying to make this book better than my original reaction deemed it.

It wasn't a very cohesive story, the whole "feminine face of God" thing was cool, but fairly random and not well elaborated, the "love story" was sappy and pathetic.

It is a super short book, especially whe
Mar 10, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction
If you're expecting another The Alchemist, just stop right there, turn around, and never look back. Seriously. Trust me and do yourself a favor.

After the success of The Alchemist, I feel like Coelho just threw a bunch of ideas together and called it a new story. Sure, it has the themes of faith, love, and following your dreams, but in my opinion, the story just wasn't concrete enough to really... I don't know, actually teach you anything - if that's what Coelho sought to do. The events just felt
⊱ Poppy ⊰
I opened this book with NO expectation's. Many people take Paulo Coelho's books with this expectations that it will be as good as The Alchemist is. But no book will ever be good as Alchemist is. So, for me this book was quite unexpected but in a good way. I have read many books of Paulo but this book was quite exception of Paulo's writing. It was desperate, Spiritual and so knowledgeable. I quite learned about Christianity, Spirituality. Love and Decisions.

“If pain must come, may it come quic
Aj the Ravenous Reader
A very, intense, emotional read. A deviation from Cuelho's usual themes in his books.
Nikita T. Mitchell
Feb 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
“By the River Piedra I sat down and wept. There is a legend that everything falls into the waters of this river – leaves, insects, the feathers of bird – is transformed into the rocks that make the riverbed. If only I could tear out my heart and hurl it into the current, then my pain and longing would be over, and I could finally forget.”

And so the novel starts out. The most beautiful opening paragraph I’ve ever read in my life. And unless you are heartless or have never been in love, I don’t k
May 01, 2008 rated it really liked it
By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept" tells of Pilar, a frustrated scholar looking for some greater meaning in the endless cycle of her days. When a childhood friend contacts her, she is surprised to learn that her former playmate is now a charismatic spiritual leader, someone revered as a miracle worker. She is even more astonished when he reveals that Pilar has always been his great love. Confused by this sudden opportunity for a new chance at life, Pilar gradually comes to realize that the ...more
Ayse Kelce
Feb 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Her şeyden önce belirtmeliyim ki, kitabın içindeki din olgusunun beni beklediğim kadar sıkmamış olması bir mucizeydi. Eser genel anlamda hayat-aşk-inanç üçgeni ve ilgisi üzerine kuruluydu. Kendine aynı anda hem çok sınırlı, hem de oldukça geniş bir alan yaratan yazar, yine benim gibi bir okurunu yüz üstü bırakmadı.
Nadir yerlerde tasavvuf çevresinde şekillenen edebiyatını gereksiz değil ama “azaltılabilir” buldum ancak bu yine de kitabı sevmeme engel olamadı. Eserin geçtiği yalnızca birkaç günde;
Fatema Hassan , bahrain

افتتح قراءة ثلاثية باولو كويلو برواية
( على نهر بييدرا هناك جلست فبكيت )

بعد أن أغلقت روايته / إحدى عشرة دقيقة / منذ ٢٠١٣ ، كنت أعلم أني لن أعاود القراءة لكويلو في وقت قريب، هذا العام قررت أن أسقط احقادي عليه دون مبررات، و ربما تشفّع له الخيميائي عندي، على كل حال هذه الرواية ليست بداية مبشرة، ولكن سأدير له خدي الأيسر لحين تنتهي ثلاثيته.

أجمل ما في الرواية عنوانها، فالمفترض بها أن تكون رواية روحانية ! و إذا كان غيري سيعتبرها مغذية روحانيًا، أفضل التضور جوعًا، روحي شبعى بتعاليم أكثر وضوحًا و صلابة لا
Jul 20, 2014 rated it did not like it
آقای کوئیلو ..سلام! کتابتون رو خوندم . باور بفرمائید برای همخوابه شدن یه دختر با یه کشیش نیاز به وساطت عیسی و مریم باکره و کلیسا نیست! با تأسف باید بگم کهنه نتها بشدت کسالت بار و ناامیدکننده بود بلکه احساس کردم شما با این سبک نوشتن دارین دام مذهب رو دوباره جلوی پاهای ما باز میکنیین .. تلاشتون برای معرفی کشیش به عنوان شخصی که معجزه میکنه! جالب بود .. دوبار از طرف یه زن و یه مرد معجزه رو نسبت دادین به کشیش کاتولیک .. آقای کوئیلو .. باور کنین قرون وسطا خیلی وقته گذشته .. قبول دارم اگرچه هنوزم طرز ت ...more
Mar 26, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
El libro más entretenido que he leído del autor. No es mucho de mi gusto pero debo admitir que cumplió su cometido de hacerme pasar el rato. Mas allá de la mitad se volvió tedioso pero como faltaba poco para terminarlo me animé hasta la última página.
Ninoska Goris
Feb 20, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Este libro me costó mucho leerlo. Me parecó muy aburrido.
asma Qadah
Aug 31, 2009 rated it it was amazing
رغبة القراءة لباولو كويلو لا تقاوم/ مهما كا ن نوع الكتاب أو الرواية و أحداثها. بدأت القراءة قبل خمسة أيام و أنهيتها قبل يومين، أعدت قراءة بعد الأحداث و التفاصيل التي تستحق الإعادة مئات المرات و تستحق الوقوف عندها مطوّلاً. على الرغم من أنني لا أقرأ الكتب المترجمة إلا بعد التحقق من المترجم؛ إلا أنني عند روايات كويلو أنسى هذا الأمري لعلمي و تأكّدي من أنه لا يسمح بصدور نسخ مترجمة إلا بعد تحققه من ترجمتها؛ و ستعرفون ذلك -ربما- من خلال مقدماته التي يكتبها للنسخ العربية خاصة. لذلك أجدني أفكر كثيراً قبل ...more
Ancilla Irwan
Nov 20, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: in-english
This is another book of Coelho which couldn't give me satisfaction as what The Alchemist does. I learn a lot from The Alchemist.

However, it still a nice one.
It gives proof that Coelho has a deep knowledge and skills about diverse religions, although it is clear that that He has more about Christianity. However, it might be hard for those non-Christianity readers when they read this book (this is only a guess).

Above all, I do believe that GOD has feminine face. Why I can say that? Well, we are,
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ok where do I start. Personally for me, whenever you mix religion with a special type of philosophy I get this sense as if someone is calling my name. This book called my name. The character Pilar reflects us all in a way. The man in the story (completely nameless) has loved ever since they were little. They go about roaming in the street for a vacation, but her religion takes a whole different turn.

He guides her through life in a span of a week. Thats pretty cool. They keep mentioning 'Her'. As
DeeDee 3kk
Nov 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-buy
في البدايه تجد المقدمه العربيه بقلم باولو كويلو تتحدث عن احد القصصه الموروثه بالعلم الصوفي

والروايه كلها تتحدث عن نفس فكره التصوف
الا وهو حب الاله
بطريقه مسيحيه
حب المسيح وحب مريم العذراء

نسير معا مع بيلار وصديق طفولتها الى رحله البحث عن الذات , واعاده ايمانهما
لضحض التناقضات واختبار مشاعرهما

المساله هنا مساله الدروب المختلفه التي يسلكها الفرد لتحديد مصيره

هل سعينا بالارض مجدا اما لا؟
هل نحن سعداء فيه ام لا؟
هل هناك شيئا ندمنا عليه ام لا؟

اسئله ينسى الانسان ان يطرحها على نفسه في مسيرته

عبدالله اليعقوبي
ضميري يمنعني غالبا من أن أبدأ كتابا ولا أنهيه !
كويلو حبيب الجماهير .. :/
الرواية فقيرة ،
من زاوية الحب فالقصة بسيطة ولا تصلح قصة غرام .
أما من زاوية الإيمان ومعرفة الله فالرواية أتت بتساؤلات قد يطرحها الملحد أو ضعيف الإيمان، ثم ماذا بعد أين الأجوبة ؟؟!
ربما هي آخر رواية أقرأها لباولو ... فالحياة أقصر من أن نقرأ كتبا لا تضيف إلى إيماننا وعواطفنا وحبنا شيئا يذكر.
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