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3.07  ·  Rating details ·  49,882 ratings  ·  4,630 reviews
I want to change. I need to change. I'm gradually losing touch with myself.

Adultery, the provocative new novel by Paulo Coelho, best-selling author of The Alchemist and Eleven Minutes, explores the question of what it means to live life fully and happily, finding the balance between life's routine and the desire for something new.
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published August 19th 2014 by Knopf (first published 2012)
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Paulo It was supposed to be published by this past week, but today I got an email of the translator with some questions, ther…moreIt was supposed to be published by this past week, but today I got an email of the translator with some questions, therefore I guess they are not ready yet(less)
Sanchit Agarwal Wasn't Paulo Coelho always cliched and mediocre? I mean I respect the guy as a person and where he came from and what he has made of himself. I loved …moreWasn't Paulo Coelho always cliched and mediocre? I mean I respect the guy as a person and where he came from and what he has made of himself. I loved 'The Alchemist' the first time I read it but then I wasnt much of a reader then.
But you have to realize that his work has become extremely repetitive and that in the name of philosophy he's only feeding you pretentious chump change. Happens to authors who cannot carry their language well, someday they run out of material.
Also, it gets worse if your work is translated I guess. (less)

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Jul 27, 2014 rated it did not like it
Waste of time.
It is not a story about love. It's a story about adrenaline rush and how bit of excitement and doing something different and new with your husband can save your marriage.
Spoiler alert!
Its a story of egoistic and bored woman who has everything- money, lovely kids, bit dull but understanding and loving husband, respectable job. But she is not happy... Kinda depressed, or maybe not really, she is not sure herself. So she goes off and give this ex boyfriend of hers a b
Zulma Mayor
Aug 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Ok so, if you are going to write a review about a book... At least know how to spell!
I don't appreciate the fact that some people take it up to themselves to write a review about a book and give away what the story is about and how it ends.
I think instead, it would be better if you just say it wasn't what you expected and that's it!
Don't ruin it for others please!!!
Aug 23, 2014 rated it did not like it
I did not like Adultery. I thought I would. I read Paul Coelho. I write about adultery. How could this go awry? Well, it started with the main character. I didn’t like her. I didn’t get her. I didn’t know her. In all of my interviews with women about infidelity, in all my years being a woman, in all my years of having woman friends, I simply did not understand her. It was part nationality, part class, part life circumstance, but mostly it was a woman having an affair as told through the perspect ...more
Jul 07, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The story of an existential crisis peppered with porn and religious preaching and ending with a trite conclusion. Not what I expected from Coelho.
Aug 17, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: no-good
If you have negative IQ, this is the book for you.

Full review available on Bozhidara's Book Corner
Ahmad Sharabiani
Nov 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Adultério = Adultery, Paulo Coelho

The First edition of Adultery was released on April 10, 2014. A woman in her thirties begins to question her seemingly perfect life: she is married to a rich and loving husband, has well-behaved children and a successful newspaper career.

Her apathy changes when she interviews a former boyfriend, now a successful politician. They begin a sadomasochistic affair that she finds very exciting. But she must now conquer that impossible love and learn to face the every
Jan 03, 2016 rated it it was ok
A good friend of mine kept posting quotes from “Adultery” on Facebook, and he highly recommended this book to me. I think this was a test of our bond because, after this read, I would have violently chucked the book at him! As much as I love him, I’ll now take his book recommendations with a grain of salt. I do not belittle Paulo Coelho’s achievements, but he just sinks this novel deeper and deeper into the mud and left it there.

The story revolves around Linda, a 30-something wife of one of the
Jun 15, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
i did not like at all!! i am disappointed at him!!
Spoiler: I really wanted her to commit suicide at the end, or at least take an overdose of the drugs she bought!!
Aug 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To say this is a book about a woman committing adultery is to miss the whole point of the story I feel. Linda lives in Switzerland with her husband and two children - none of whom are ever named. She has a good life, and an interesting job as a journalist and as a family they are financially secure with domestic staff to look after the children and do the housework. Who could want anything more from life?

But Linda is restless and bored. It would be all too easy to dismiss Linda as shallow but sh
Sep 10, 2014 rated it did not like it
I can't believe this is written by the same man who wrote one of my favorite novels. Utterly shocking and incredibly disappointing. I read the entire book, because I was waiting for it to get good, but it never happened. Don't waste time, or money on this sell out. ...more
Ecaterina Leonte
Aug 16, 2014 rated it did not like it
I would have rated it ZERO stars it that were possible. Don't waste your time reading this crap, it's not worth it. Glad I didn't waste my money as well, in you're curious just borrow it from someone. ...more
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Whenever life brings me a lot of problems and I am not able to find solution in any of the books I am reading at that specific point, I go directly to read any of Paulo Coelho's books. This book was on my to-read list but I wasn't sure by the name of it, if it could be of some help to me in any way or not. Well, none of my current reads was able to captivate me yesterday, I decided to read some book with less pages and more lesson and trusting Coelho with it, I just picked it up.
And well, this
Jul 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
I'm glad to read a new genre by Paulo Coelho which falls more into literary fiction. As with most of the writers who get famous for a particular genre, readers who are familiar with his earlier works are quick to dismiss and criticize a book where they were expecting a different outcome.

In this story, Coelho shows the monster, that which resides in each of us, coming up with revenge. Through the life of the main character, feelings of dissatisfaction and inadequacy come to surface - if her life
Sep 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Addition 4/20/2015 To authors or publishers looking for a review - I don't consider Adultery to be erotica. Although the book has a few graphic sexual situations in it, it's not, in my opinion, written with the intent to be erotica or written explicitly to excite sexual natures through reading. Although I'd be glad to give an honest review, I'm not an avid reader of erotica, so I may not be the best person to ask.

Addition 2/2015: This book is a lesson in feminism! A lesson that great books can b
Aug 11, 2014 rated it did not like it
Uggh! platitudes, platitudes everywhere…nor very original thing to read (sorry Mr. Coleridge ! but hey there are many good lines for seemingly deep and feel-good but very out-of-context platitudes deduced from scriptures and evolutionary science and whatnots for sharing in facebook; just superimpose them over beautiful pictures that can be easily obtained from google images and voila!). Anyways, the book reads like a diary collection of author’s one-liners and, philosophical and quotable views o ...more
Saadia B. ||  CritiConscience
A bullshit story of Adultery, which had no basis, no storyline, no thrill, just rambles. Do not recommend it to anyone.

Linda is a journalist while her husband owns a large investment fund in Geneva. They have two children, live in a huge house, basically rich enough to enjoy everything in life. She is bored from her routine but doesn't seem to do anything about it either.

Cheats her husband with Jacob, a politician out of boredom. Later confessed after Jacob insulted her and went on a holiday to
عماد العتيلي

Well, I think that I liked and hated this book!
It's not awesome. It's not GREAT. It's just good ... and bad!!
There are so many things that I didn't like, and there are things that I really liked.


What I liked is the idea of redemption. Everyone of us deserve a second chance. We're neither Angels nor demons. We're humans, and being a human means being a sinner.

What I didn't like (pretty much hated actually!!!):
1. Spending so many pages talking about other books and providing us with their plot
Prity Malhotra
Aug 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Adultery is Paulo Coelho's most Intimidating work so far.

I have read some Negative Reviews about this Book. However I think people hate this Book for its Main Character Linda who has PErfect Life, Perfect Husband, Good Career yet commits Adultery to bring some Excitement in her Life. But is it customary for every writer to have a Self-Righteous Lead Character ? Anyways, moving on, this Book talks about a Topic so Raw that most Women would deny even the Existence of such Emotions as potrayed in
Katie Shahin
Jul 31, 2014 rated it liked it
About the book

"Adultery" follows the narrator Linda. A Swiss women in her thirties, married with three children, who appears to be suffering from a quarter life crisis. As she questions her everyday life and the world and asks "is this it?" she starts to look for something to shake up her world a little. This leads to her starting an affair with a politician.


I've been a fan of Paulo Coelho's for many years. What I especially enjoy is the modern fairy tale feel his novels have thanks to his b
Shaimaa Ali
Aug 06, 2014 rated it it was ok
When the Alchemist lost his Charming Powers!
Jun 03, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: lost-audiobooks
1 star - I really hated it.

Once upon a time, a ludicrous married woman with children feels she is bored by being so happy and her life being so perfect (she actually says this). So, to cure herself of this dreadful happiness she begins to randomly have slutty interactions (the author's words, not mine) with other men. Then one New Year's Eve, this vapid, nonsensical character has a sudden epiphany and moment of transcendence in which she discovers the meaning of life and the answer to all of the
Rana Abid
Oct 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Done ❤️❤️❤️
(Learn to love better.
This should be out goal in the world: learn to love.
Life offers us thousands of opportunities for learning.
Every man and every woman, in every day of our lives, always has a good opportunity to surrender to love. Life is not a long vacation, but a constant learning process.)

a novel of a lucky woman, she has everything, wealthy man, kids, and respected work, but instead of being happy she feels disappointed and sad.
she realized that she is not happy after she m
“To conquer frustration, one must remain intensely focused on the outcome, not the obstacles.”

----T.F. Hodge

Paulo Coelho, the international bestselling author, has penned a compelling tale of love and infidelity mixed with the good ol' Coelho style of philosophy in his book, Adultery. This story is centered around a married woman who is lucky enough to have a good, rich and loving husband and two beautiful kids and a grand house, yet she still longs for some drama in her marriage to be specif
Katy Kelly
Jul 14, 2014 rated it it was ok
Really disappointed with this. The Alchemist I found beautiful, Veronika decides to die very well written. I knew within a few pages of starting this that it was not a book of beauty or joy. It's not a bad thing when writers explore different genres, writing styles, techniques. But if they aren't very interesting - what's the point?

Adultery has been written about by many, but I don't think this adds anything to the genre.

A rich, successful woman (with loving husband, wonderful children, big hous
Nadhir Mindfreak
Jan 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
After finishing this book, i've decided that i'll never follow Goodreads's reviews anymore. This book is a marvelous experience, full of feelings and love. People should give it more than five stars. And please do not judge books based on the reviews. Give it a try you may like what others don't. ...more
Blanca Hindle
Sep 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
In the world, there is this invisible thread that connects us to one another. Unfortunately for the human race, most people aren't aware of it's existence or ever get to feel it's pull on their beings. This in turn, throws us into a constant state of despair because our souls feel there is something missing but misconstrue what that thing is.

In essence, that is what Adultery, by Paulo Coelho is about. A woman of great material fortune begins to feel the emptiness in her life as she is going thro
Ivana - Diary of Difference
A book about love, relationships, adultery and finding yourself again! Worth to be read, and definitely worth to be kept in your shelves and be a constant reminder for whenever you feel lost in life.
Jul 14, 2014 rated it it was ok
Skidded by with a 2 rating. I'm convinced his magic is gone. ...more
Paul E. Morph
Jan 27, 2020 rated it liked it
I’m a child of divorce and have had somebody cheat on me in the (distant) past (not my wife, thank goodness) so I have a zero tolerance policy when it comes to adultery; this doubtlessly coloured my feelings on this book. To be honest, though, a better title for this novel might be ‘Depression’ or ‘A Rich Woman’s Midlife Crisis’, if we can move away from one word titles.

The book is written from the point of view of a wealthy, successful woman with a loving family who nevertheless feels empty ins
"Adultery" is a weird book. I don't even know what the point of it was. I am still trying to figure out the crux of the story. There were philosophical discussions throughout the book, but I wasn't interested in them at all. The only plus point is that the book was pretty short, so I got through it quickly.

This story is about a woman going through a crisis. On the outside, she has a perfect life. She has a great job, a loving husband, and beautiful children, but she is missing something. She is
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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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“It’s loneliness. Even though I’m surrounded by loved ones who care about me and want only the best, it’s possible they try to help only because they feel the same thing—loneliness—and why, in a gesture of solidarity, you’ll find the phrase “I am useful, even if alone” carved in stone. Though the brain says all is well, the soul is lost, confused, doesn’t know why life is being unfair to it. But we still wake up in the morning and take care of our children, our husband, our lover, our boss, our employees, our students, those dozens of people who make an ordinary day come to life. And we often have a smile on our face and a word of encouragement, because no one can explain their loneliness to others, especially when we are always in good company. But this loneliness exists and eats away at the best parts of us because we must use all our energy to appear happy, even though we will never be able to deceive ourselves. But we insist, every morning, on showing only the rose that blooms, and keep the thorny stem that hurts us and makes us bleed hidden within. Even knowing that everyone, at some point, has felt completely and utterly alone, it is humiliating to say, “I’m lonely, I need company. I need to kill this monster that everyone thinks is as imaginary as a fairy-tale dragon, but isn’t.” But it isn’t. I wait for a pure and virtuous knight, in all his glory, to come defeat it and push it into the abyss for good, but that knight never comes. Yet we cannot lose hope. We start doing things we don’t usually do, daring to go beyond what is fair and necessary. The thorns inside us will grow larger and more overwhelming, yet we cannot give up halfway. Everyone is looking to see the final outcome, as though life were a huge game of chess. We pretend it doesn’t matter whether we win or lose, the important thing is to compete. We root for our true feelings to stay opaque and hidden, but then … … instead of looking for companionship, we isolate ourselves even more in order to lick our wounds in silence. Or we go out for dinner or lunch with people who have nothing to do with our lives and spend the whole time talking about things that are of no importance. We even manage to distract ourselves for a while with drink and celebration, but the dragon lives on until the people who are close to us see that something is wrong and begin to blame themselves for not making us happy. They ask what the problem is. We say that everything is fine, but it’s not … Everything is awful. Please, leave me alone, because I have no more tears to cry or heart left to suffer. All I have is insomnia, emptiness, and apathy, and, if you just ask yourselves, you’re feeling the same thing. But they insist that this is just a rough patch or depression because they are afraid to use the real and damning word: loneliness. Meanwhile, we continue to relentlessly pursue the only thing that would make us happy: the knight in shining armor who will slay the dragon, pick the rose, and clip the thorns. Many claim that life is unfair. Others are happy because they believe that this is exactly what we deserve: loneliness, unhappiness. Because we have everything and they don’t. But one day those who are blind begin to see. Those who are sad are comforted. Those who suffer are saved. The knight arrives to rescue us, and life is vindicated once again. Still, you have to lie and cheat, because this time the circumstances are different. Who hasn’t felt the urge to drop everything and go in search of their dream? A dream is always risky, for there is a price to pay. That price is death by stoning in some countries, and in others it could be social ostracism or indifference. But there is always a price to pay. You keep lying and people pretend they still believe, but secretly they are jealous, make comments behind your back, say you’re the very worst, most threatening thing there is. You are not an adulterous man, tolerated and often even admired, but an adulterous woman, one who is ...” 191 likes
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