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Eleven Minutes is the story of Maria, a young girl from a Brazilian village, whose first innocent brushes with love leave her heartbroken. At a tender age, she becomes convinced that she will never find true love, instead believing that “love is a terrible thing that will make you suffer. . . .” A chance meeting in Rio takes her to Geneva, where she dreams of finding fame ...more
Paperback, 273 pages
Published 2003 by HarperOne
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Amy Good question.
The conclusion seems to be... really good sex planned and awaited for, coupled with extreme wealth of man, is really what it is all abou…more
Good question.
The conclusion seems to be... really good sex planned and awaited for, coupled with extreme wealth of man, is really what it is all about.


Or young beautiful women learn best about sex from rich men who all want them?


At one point Maria "saw God" after an orgasm... so there is that.(less)

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Ahmad Sharabiani
Jul 03, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 21th-century
Onze minutos = Elf minuten = Eleven Minutes, Paulo Coelho
Eleven Minutes is a 2003 novel by Brazilian novelist Paulo Coelho. Maria, a young girl from a remote village of Brazil, whose first encounters with love leave her heartbroken, goes to seek her fortune in Switzerland. She works for a time in a nightclub but soon becomes dissatisfied and after a heated discussion with her manager one night, she quits her job. She tries to become a model but is unsuccessful. Because she is running out of mone
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Leajk
Nov 05, 2012 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one ever ever, especially not an acquaintance of the opposite sex
Recommended to Leajk by: an acquaintance I no longer have any contact with
Shelves: rubbish
So while living in Switzerland, I had this book recommended, nay practically forced upon me by a male acquaintance (the book was put into my hands at a party and he told me that I should borrow it). Not having read anything by Coelho previously, though with a vague remembrance of my high school teacher violently hating the guy, I set about politely reading it.

Imagine my surprise when I found out that the book was about an immigrant sex worker in Switzerland. It made me more than a little uncomf
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Felicia
Apr 02, 2007 rated it it was ok
I didn't find this nearly as good as The Alchemist. I do not know if Coelho was trying to really get in the mindset of a woman by over-analyzing sex, but I felt a real woman would be less philosophical and more emotional about her experiences. It seemed to me that she was detached from herself and no matter what shocking things would come her way, she would still never be phased by it and I just felt it was too dehumanized. Philosophical rampages on love and being the mother and friend to her cl ...more
Lesley
Aug 25, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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Lisa
Oct 29, 2016 rated it did not like it
Reluctantly admit to having read this subterranean book, and there is absolutely no excuse, as I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER, after The Alchemist. I only remembered having read it because I was trying to find something on my top shelf (the one with the "Let's forget I own them"-books), and it fell into my hands. A quick scan of its content reminded me that even quick scans are a waste of time when it comes to Coelho. Note to self: until I find the company of sheep more educating than reading, his " ...more
Ria
Oct 16, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: women.
In comparison to my experiences with his other pieces. I can confidently say that this Paulo Cohelo work tests the reader in a unique and dangerous way.

Each of his novels teach valuable lessons for adults through the interesting happenings of his protagonists. This story does the same. However the lesson taught borders on relationship counseling and sexual education. It was just as compelling and effective as it was uncomfortable. Uncomfortable in the sense that the information being learned as
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Bookshop
Jul 29, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was burnt by his book titled "Veronica decides to die". When I flipped through his bestseller, "The Alchemist", I was not too impressed either. I thought he was too "Celestine Prophecy". When I asked people what "The Alchemist' was all about, they always said it was about searching for something. But they could never be able to explain what that something was and they quickly moved on to rave about how inspirational the book was. How you can say searching for something you don't even know insp ...more
⊱ Poppy ⊰
Oct 03, 2015 rated it liked it
All you need to know for picking this book.

“At every moment of our lives, we all have one foot in a fairy tale and the other in the abyss.”


“While she was waiting for her Prince Charming to appear, all she could do was dream.”

“She had to content herself with loving and suffering in silence until the end.”


“When we meet someone and fall in love, we have a sense that the whole universe is on our side. And yet if something goes wrong, there is nothing left! How is it possib
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Joyzi
Feb 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Coelho
Recommended to Joyzi by: My classmate
Book Review

Once upon a time, there was a bird. He was adorned with two perfect wings and with glossy, colorful, marvelous feathers. In short, he was a creature made to fly about freely in the sky, bringing joy to everyone who saw him.

One day, a woman saw this bird and fell in love with him. She watched his flight, her mouth wide in amazement, her heart pounding, her eyes shining with excitement. She invited the bird to fly with her, and the two traveled across the sky in perfect harmony. She adm
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Arch_angelic
I haven't read any of his works before, a friend told me that "Eleven Minutes" is very good, a story of finding true love and where sex should play part in the search for it but without a sense of vulgarism in the plot. Other friend told me that it is Paulo Coelho at his best. So I decided to borrow the book from the bookshop where I work and read it all the way till the last page. And I have to say both of my friend is right, this book is so good to read. It talks more than just finding true lo ...more
Nina
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
2.5/5
I don't know if this book was meaningless or I just didn't get the point. was it trying to say BDSM is a way to get close to GOD? was it trying to say being a prostitute is holy? was it trying to say true love is always waiting for you with The Light?
I have absolutely no idea
expected more from Paulo Coelho
Paras2
May 20, 2019 rated it did not like it
Warning, this is a rant.
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Sometimes a writer thinks that he's flowing with genius and ideas, and that merely basing a story on a real life event would create a masterpiece. well, i thinks it's time they stopped doing it and people stopped canonizing unworthy so-called writers.
this is the second book of Coelho that i've read and it hadn't fail me in disappointment. Obviously, from his afterword, it's evident he's thinking he's doing something earth-shattering and ground-breaking by writing about s
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Pooja
Apr 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Pooja by: Rashmi Basant
Shelves: owns, 100-pages
Eleven Minutes is a story about a young girl who is a prostitute by profession and is trying to learn and find the mysteries of the pleasure of the world.

Finding it in a spiritual way was her purpose.

I adored Eleven Minutes instantly.

Thank You Rashmi for getting this book available for me. :*
Chadijah Mastura
Aug 24, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: alreadyread
Some of my friends were raving about Coelho's "The Alchemist"; however, my first encounter with his writing is this book. I'm a little bit disappointed, though, because I expected more.

My friends said that Coelho writes simple topics but with philosophies that could give new meanings on the subject--and some enhancement to the readers. I do agree on the philosophical thingy, but for my point of view, it doesn't quite fit in this book.

Maria, the prostitute who became the main character in this
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Sneha Khatri
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The depth-Simply Amazing
Kim
May 09, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
I wouldn't recommend this book to just anyone because of it' explicit sexual content. It's about a young women who falls in love and then is heart broken over and over again every time she falls in love. So she decided not to fall in love. She becomes a prostitute and makes good money and never falls in love with any of her clients. She finally meets an artist that is drawn to her, he knows what she does and yet wants her to teach him to find love again. They discover it together. It has a happy ...more
Audriane Sani
Jun 24, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Soul searcing individuals, people who like to question love

Coelho Definately, knows about life!
This book is a story about Maria, a young girl who's really not settle for being just ordinary country girl. Her jouney begins when one day she went for vacation to Rio Da Janero (wow, she live in the same country as Coelho!!)and a stranger offered her fo working abroad as a dancer. Her life changed on the day she accept the offer. And from the very begining until the end of the book readers could see how life can turn out very unexpectedly. You think you coul
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Taylor
Though it takes a somewhat strange act to get her there, this is the story of Maria, who finds herself in Europe, in desperate need of money, so she turns to prostitution.

She ends up having intense relationships with two men: One, a special client of the cafe she works out of, who has an affinity for S&M and teaches her all about it. The other is man who she meets outside of work (I forget how she meets him...) and falls in love with. She doesn't really struggle with choosing between them (afte
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Wafa'a
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: latin, novels
The universe only makes sense when we have someone to share our feelings with ..
Ritika Chhabra
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, i-have-books
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"Human beings can withstand a week without water, two weeks without food, many years of homelessness but not loneliness. It is the worst of all tortures, the worst of all sufferings."

This is my second time reading Eleven Minutes by Paulo Coelho and its charm hadn't been lost. The first time I picked this book was a couple of years ago. I had loved it back then and I loved it this time, too.

The thing about Eleven Minutes that fails to amuse most o
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César Lasso
This is the first book I have ever read by Paulo Coelho - and certainly the last one. My rating is 2.5/5, because it had the ability not to make me yawn too much.
Syeda Ahad
Feb 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Usually I do not like when male authors write from the perspective of a female character, especially a strong one. But Paulo Coelho has surprised me yet again with this one. Even though written later, I read 'The Spy' before this one, and found that very interesting. So was this one, to some extent even better. The story of a prostitute that is written without judgement or sympathy - two perspectives that usually ruin a book for me. This is the story of the journey of a woman who was strong and ...more
Tani
May 04, 2018 marked it as to-read
Recommended by: Sushree Singh ...more
Luna Saeed
May 10, 2014 rated it did not like it
Boring as fuck. Theme is as repetitive as all Coelho's books. Don't read this.
Mia Prasetya
When we meet someone and fall in love, we have a sense that the whole universe is on our side. And yet if something goes wrong, there is nothing left! How is it possible for the beauty that was there only minutes before to vanish so quickly? Life moves very fast. It rushes from heaven to hell in a matter of seconds.

Once upon a time, there was a prostitute called maria. Wait a minute. "Once upon a time" is how all the best children's stories begin and "prostitute" is a word for adult. how can I s
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Hirdesh
Apr 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Paulo Coelho's philosophical Fiction book ! ! ! !

Splendid.
Storyline was seemed to be normal but the philosophy the narrator has shown was fantastic.

Impressive, Motivational and Highly recommended !

It is pure glimpse into the lives of many such women who go through something similar in reality. An enlightening storyline that changed one's perspectives. I read, but this book made me though because there were some lines and quotes so deep, impactful and inspiring that I couldn't help but mark them.
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Asghar Abbas
Oct 18, 2017 rated it liked it

Haha, oh boy. Mr. Coelho here. In general, you try too much. In retrospect though, I have come to several conclusions. Some of them even about this author too.

Let us be frank and shameless. Paulo Coelho has always been a one-trick pony. Somewhere along his existence as the main go-to writer for the pseudo-intellectuals, he perfected a formula. Which he pretty much copied and pasted more or less throughout his career. Let's be fair, most writers flounder with their themes, often just repeat them
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Niledaughter
Mar 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
I was uncomfortable with obscene parts of the book , but I admit I liked the way this book dealt with such instincts of human nature (which are more like Taboos) , specially in its darkest format – ( prostitution)-..It was always a wonder for me how can a woman accept transforming herself into a commodity ..just a sexual tool ! and worse get used to it & be Insensitive ! , and why some ask to buy sex by money ? or from anther side buy company - or someone to listen to - by money ? , why such bus ...more
Chafic (Rello)
I'm still trying to figure out what the ultimate take away from this novel is.

So far it's Brazillian's have a lot of superstitions and eleven minutes is the average?

It's refreshing to have a work by Paulo Coelho that isn't anything spiritual and have more realistic, relatable characters that experience actual challenges in sex work.

I mean... it was alright.
3.4/5
Pramudith Rupasinghe
Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Quite engaging and eye opening piece of work. Its not as excellent as Veronica Decided to Die. But its a great book.
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The Brazilian author PAULO COELHO was born in 1947 in the city of Rio de Janeiro. Before dedicating his life completely to literature, he worked as theatre director and actor, lyricist and journalist. In 1986, PAULO COELHO did the pilgrimage to Saint James of Compostella, an experience later to be documented in his book The Pilgrimage. In the following year, COELHO published The Alchemist. Slow in ...more

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