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In Hippie, his most autobiographical novel to date, Paulo Coelho takes us back in time to re-live the dream of a generation that longed for peace and dared to challenge the established social order – authoritarian politics, conservative modes of behavior, excessive consumerism, and an unbalanced concentration of wealth and power.

Following the “three days of peace and music
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Published September 25th 2018 by Cornerstone Digital (first published April 2018)
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Hippie is the autobiography by Paulo Coelho, written in third person. This is a story about people that travel the world, wear funny clothes and flowers in their hairs, and believe in peace, love and freedom.

I have read many of Coelho’s books, even since I was a teenage girl. And all of them share something in common – the path of finding yourself. After reading Hippie, I believe that this is the the best one that covers this subject quite perfec
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have read two other Coelho books and was spiritually influenced by both. Both were full of wisdom and abstract concepts. Loved them both (The Alchemist and Manuscript Found in Accra).

To me this book beat them both. Why? It is the most autobiographical book written by Coelho and it is grounded in reality. Perhaps, too, because I lived in the 60's, during the 'hippie' era, it means a lot to me.

I also learned things about Coelho I did not know.

This is what he said:

The stories that follow come fr
Jennifer Blankfein
Oct 07, 2018 rated it liked it
I loved The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho and was hoping his new book would feel as important. In Hippie, Paulo Coelho writes a story based on his own life experiences, his relationships, political views and personal values, and his adventures of travel and terror of kidnapping. Throughout this book he has injected his thoughtful ideologies and gives us a description of the ways of the world in the 1970s.

Even though Coelho had gotten himself into trouble often as a young man, it seems as if he was a
Kate Vocke (bookapotamus)
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: bios, arc
OK, so I'm a fairly big Paulo Coelho fan. I loved The Alchemist and several of his other writings. His prose is lyrical and thought provoking and I just love that it's like nothing else I've ever read, no matter what the subject. I went into this with two thoughts in my mind:

1. That it's sort of a memoir of his life in the 70's, or at least based on experiences he's had. Who wouldn't want to see what experiences shaped this brilliant writer?


2. Although I was born in the late 70s, i was a l
Aug 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Paulo Coelho is an excellent writer for sure, and apparently this is a half autobiographical book from his side but i feel like for some reason it's left in the middle. We read about the journey of Karla and Paulo, how the relationship is growing and turning into something else. Towards the end (no spoilers) Paulo finds some answers but i feel like it happens too quickly and we're not really sure what's going on as readers. And all of a sudden, the book ends.
I like the first half but then it wa
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: publisher, reviewed, dnf
Karla and Paulo are two twenty somethings who meet in Amsterdam and travel together. They do not meet until about the 25% point in the book, and but then I was already bored by these vapid people. I lived through this period of time and, looking back on it, the hippies actually were pretty boring, pretentious and self involved. The author's autobiographical nostalgia trip wasn't really interesting to me and I stopped reading. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. ...more
Neelam Babul
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Paulo Coelho is undoubtedly an exceptional writer. Hippie is a half autobiographical book reflecting the writer's experience. I have always loved Paulo Coelho's writing style which is extremely lyrical and charismatic. He invokes such evocative images in one's mind and has a powerful fluency with language that mesmerizes the reader.

In Hippie we are introduced to Karla and Paulo both of whom are in search for answers to their questions on their purpose and destiny on earth. We get to see how the
Robin Bonne
Parts of this were excellent. Then there were other parts that were telling instead of showing.

I wonder if it could be a problem with the translation?
Dec 09, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I tried so much to like it but despite multiple efforts, this book failed horrendously, i literally cursed myself why did i pick this book, i am not a fan of Paulo Coelho, and didn't like Alchemist though i have enjoyed Veronica decides to die and Eleven minutes.

Humble request don't pick this book even you have been fan of Paulo, it is not something out of box, 4 lines from 4 lines from Sufisim and tried to explain over the period of 287 pages, but full of potholes..
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
He was on a journey, met Karla who loved reading The Lord of the Rings by Tolkien, loved and watched 2001: A Space Odyssey, out in the cinema at that time, and she loved this Brazilian man she met. Together they went upon a journey of self-discovery, and all the hippie thing entailed along the way, joys and pains, and one of many findings, did he love her?

Ultimately the reader is transported with careful craft of evoking a sense of place and people, with a nostalgic look at the becoming of one w
Horses are coming
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I always read Paulo’s books very quickly, his writing style is easy to read and most of his books are good. Including this one just as good as the others. this my 9th book that I read by him, And as I expected It is different from the other stories. and that ending we must take it as a lesson.
Jennifer Tam
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow - I loved this book
The Alchemist is one of my all time favourite books so I was hoping this one would have similar vibes (plus hippies), being written by the same author and all.

But it didn't. And the more I read, the more I think no book will ever come close to it, which is fine, but a bit sad.

The second half was a lot better than the first. I was especially looking forward to seeing the drive through Yugoslavia and Belgrade but it was pretty short. Still, I'm glad it was mentioned.

I also didn't know Coelho's
Oct 14, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review is for the audio version. The narrator of the audiobook is uninspired and uninspiring; the characters are of different ages and backgrounds and nationalities but they somehow all sound the same.
An actual memoir might have been interesting, but that's not what this is. "Hippie" is a novelization of Coelho's youth, but without a tight narrative arc. As far as Coelho's usual strength of teaching wisdom goes, the problem here is that Young Paulo and his hippie friends are asking questio
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was ok

Travel the world like a hippie

I'm not sure what to make of this. It's a fascinating travel guide on the one hand and we get to see and experience some wonderful places but as a memoir I got a bit lost as it reads like a gap year diary going from one thought to another with little direction.

I suppose people who experienced the hippie stage of life might get more from this but Paulo tells you what happened fact after fact without really delving into the whys and wherefors. It's the hippie way of
J Beckett
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Classic Coelho! This was a trip deep into a period that has a multitude of layers. Coelho captures the era in vivid detail, as he experienced it. A must-read for anyone curious or simply interested in the 60s and the Hippie movement, politics, war, and the lives that made and changed history. Amazing book!!!
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
I've read this one last year while I was on holidays in Spain, it was the perfect time to read this I enjoyed it a lot. Good memories along. ...more
Michella Starks
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I won this book in a giveaway, very excited to read it the moment it arrived in the mail. I could begin to see the shape of The Alchemist (one of my favorites) take form along Paulo’s journey.

I’ve read a few of his books before this and found them to be powerful, Hippie does not disappoint. I’ve been told by some that I would have made a great hippie, due to my philosophies and ways of questioning the world around me, ever the seeker of truth. When I heard this, I had visions of unbathed litter
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
I don't know why I keep on doing this to myself - Paulo Cohelo had little to offer when I first across "The Alchemist", 12 years ago, and he has little to offer today. A principal cause of annoyance was the subject itself: I have little patience for the hippies' denouncement of all semblance of order. All of us have duties charted out for us: denying this meanly weakens our social fiber. But the book itself - what was the point of the book? Of how Cohelo moved on? None of the themes that this bo ...more
May 29, 2019 rated it liked it
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Shaimaa Ali
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I just loved it ❤️❤️
Jun 04, 2019 rated it liked it
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I tried my best to enjoy reading this but maybe because it was written from a third person view so it seems a bit static and flat to me. I don't fancy the story telling that much either but I appreciate that bits of it making me understand and learn about Coelho and his experiences while traveling, although not much of inspiring. My favorite part probably the view of social and culture also personal ideologies/values that the author represent in the narrative. Other than that, it was just an oka ...more
Angie Reisetter
Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Unlike most of the people on the planet, I hadn't read a Coelho book before this one, so I'm just going to review it on its own merits. And I just wanna say -- God bless his wife. It's not every woman who can support her husband as he pens a nostalgic and personal story about his experiences with two of his early girlfriends. But more than his personal relationships, this book is about international hippie experiences, and a side of that culture that I haven't heard much about. I think of hippie ...more
David Ward
Hippie by Paulo Coelho (Alfred A. Knopf 2018) (Fiction). During the Sixties, hippies traveled, whether by thumb, by foot, or by their wits. The most coveted trip of the Sixties was the fabled Hippie Trail, which was an overland trek from Europe to South Asia through Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, and often Nepal. This was the setting chosen by author Paulo Coelho for this novel about restlessness. The title character shares the author's name; Paulo is a young Brazilian hippie who travels ar ...more
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
To be frank, I was really surprised when I realized how much I like this book. I mean, we use ''hippie'' as an insult all the time, it's become an everyday chore at this point. But as an autobiography, it's one of the most authentic books I've ever read.

I'll admit that this book got me interested in the hippie culture. While I definitely don't agree with everything about the culture, it's fun reading the adventures Paulo and his ''crew'' goes on. Plus the book talked about Istanbul and Sufism, w
Dragomir Mirela
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Finally I've finished it.
Again Coelho rips my heart out with the way he works with characters.
C.G. Fewston
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hippie (2018) by Paulo Coelho is loosely based on his personal experiences in the 1960s and 1970s as a hippie and as an explorer seeking a greater, more esoteric knowledge.

In an interview, Paulo once said, “Coincidence is the language of the stars,” and that’s a great summary for his book filled with coincidences that guide the young hero on a pilgrimage of self-discovery and of love.

Beginning in September 1970, the “Magic Bus” unites a cast of characters from around the world to seek a higher
Chris Dietzel
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
I nice autobiographical account of Coelho's search for purpose and knowledge in early adulthood, prior to becoming a successful writer. I usually enjoy Coelho's books for the wisdom and worldly understanding he instills in his stories. This one didn't have as much of that, and I found myself enjoying it more because I'm a fan of the author and liked finding out about his life than because it was like other Coelho books. The author's struggle to find meaning and subsequent success offers reassura ...more
Jill Elizabeth
Sep 06, 2018 rated it liked it
I love Paulo Coelho's lyrical narrative style. He paints such evocative pictures and has such a marvelous fluency with language. I was intrigued by this title and the opportunity to learn more directly about his life, but found the format of this one to be a little too free-flowingly 1970s for my taste... I was born in 1973 so didn't directly experience the ups and downs and conflicts that shaped the formation of relationships (to others, to the state, to nature, to life and experience) in the h ...more
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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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