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3.62  ·  Rating details ·  38,540 ratings  ·  1,564 reviews
Immerse yourself in an electrifying reading experience like no other -- international bestselling author Paulo Coelho's The Fifth Mountain. A stunning novel in the tradition of the highly acclaimed The Alchemist, this is Coelho's daring retelling of the prophet Elijah. During the chaos of the ninth century B.C., Jezebel, wife to Israel's ruler, orders the execution of all ...more
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Published 2000 by HarperCollins (first published 1996)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
O Monte Cinco = Quinta Montanha = The Fifth Mountain. Paulo Coelho

This is Coelho's daring retelling of the prophet Elijah. During the chaos of the ninth century B.C., Jezebel, wife to Israel's ruler, orders the execution of all prophets who refuse to worship the pagan god Baal.

The young prophet Elijah, commanded by an angel of God to flee Israel, seeks safety in the land of Zarephath, where he unexpectedly finds true love with a young widow. But this new-found rapture is to be cut short, and El
Charlotte May
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
“Do not admire, and do not believe so much; it was a wager I made with myself. I wagered that God exists.”

2 stars. Such an interesting premise - a retelling of the biblical story of Elijah. I was excited to find out more about this famous prophet and the ancient lands in which he lived. Despite this I didn’t enjoy this story. Nothing really happens - Elijah spends the whole time in inner turmoil and indecisiveness. He falls in love with a woman which just adds to his lack of direction. I was ju
Feb 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
Another crappy book by Coelho... I don't know which bugs me more: his boring, overly simplistic writing style or his problematic, platitude-laden philosophical musings (with which he beats readers black and blue). Some people call Coelho's writing "poetic," but to me his books are about as literary as a Hardy Boys novel. Coelho always tells, never shows; he keeps you emotionally detached from his characters; and everybody in his novels talks in exactly the same way as everyone else. The dialog i ...more
Mar 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you are interested in history, spirtuality and a fulfilling message, you can't go wrong with this book. Coelho writes his interpretation of the story of Elijah, the old testament prophet, who underwent trials, tribulations, and suffering all while learning about himself, human love, and his capacity for forgiveness. A moving and relevent book, whether you are interested in spiritual development or if you just want to understand the historical conflict between Israel and Lebanon. A must read.
Nov 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: own-on-kobo
I think Paulo Coelho needs to stop referring to 'The Alchemist' in each and every book he writes.
Salima Al Masrouri
Although I liked 'The Alchemist' & 'The Zahir' betterو, but it was indeed an interesting read.
It has something in common with the two books; which is the quest and the journey the main characters of the story has taken.

Powerful metaphoric insights throughout the book. And I must say it wass as inspiring as the rest of Coehlo's books.

I'm now in a position where I can confidently say that I understand his writing style.

My favorite quotations from the books (which i highlighted in pink in my har
Jul 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Paulo Coelho; what an amazing writer. He just never disappoints.

The book really pulled me in, I took my time with it but completed it in a reasonable amount of time. It's not too long or too short, it's just the right amount of plot and conflict to make it a good read. Actually, scratch that, it was an amazing read.
The story is pretty much on this man who is destined to be prophet and lead the people to the right path. He struggles, goes through pain and suffering. He fails much, but the people
Ron Wroblewski
May 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: paulo-coelho
The story of Elijah started off well, with the persecution of the prophets. Elijah fled and was taken in by a woman and her son who were poor and didn't have food to survive. So far the story is biblically based. Her son dies and Elijah brings him back to life. But then the book totally departs from the Bible story, as Elijah lives in the city of Akbar for years and years. It only comes back to the Bible story at the very end. So it is a work of fiction, but I felt Coelho should have stuck more ...more
Jan 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I love the book. I found very interesting the story being base on Elias life. What I like the most from the book was the idea that a prophet like him fall in love with a woman, I would not have imagine putting that story together an man from God and falling in love; however, he did not get the chance to live that love at a full expression due to the woman he love died, so when this happens is when I found the book better because Elias’ path changed completely. Elias became angry at God, and he s ...more
Jun 13, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What an awful book. I only read it in it's entirety because it was a gift, but I could tell from the first pages it was going to be very very very bad. The prose is boring, uninspired, dull, imprecise, and simple, to a ridiculous degree(And even if I could blame that on the translator, I read it in Spanish. How hard can it be to translate from Portuguese to Spanish?) Characters were probably the worst thing by far. Only 2 characters have a name, the queen of Israel and the protagonist. There's l ...more
Sep 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: inspirational
"I forgot Thee, Lord, and I am not ashamed. And because of it I discovered that I am on my path because such is my wish, not because it was imposed on me by my father and mother, by the customs of my country, or even by Thee.
It is to Thee, O Lord, that I would return at this moment. I wish to praise Thee with the strength of my will and not with the cowardice of one who has not known how to choose another path. But for Thee to confide in me Thy important mission, I must continue this battle aga
Jul 05, 2019 rated it liked it
This book is a recounting of the trials went by the Prophet Elijah also know Elias. Paulo Coelho has always had a way with words. He manages to amalgamate spirituality into our everyday deeds. This book is also abound with spiritual quotes and impressions; since it is a book on prophet and God it is bound to be so. The story is everything you are familiar with. There is not much deviation from the biblical version. The struggle of Elijah in his journey to be the Prophet of the lord forms the cru ...more
Wei Cho
Jan 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Maybe I'm a bit biased while writing my review. I don't like that Coehlo is so deeply influenced by religion, and it shows in his writing. If there's anything I'm trying to evade at all cost, would be religion.

I felt the book was very spiritual, and while it was good, warm, and whatnot, I couldn't stop thinking that every page turn was a new sermon. Coehlo's style of writing is very deep and thoughtful, and his word choices are beautiful. His style of writing is something I can praise. He write
Prateek Dwivedi
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Prateek by: Nikhil Dwivedi
You don't have to be an avid reader to understand one simple but an utmost important thing about novels. It is to give a right finish to the story, that carries the reader to the last page. With just four more pages left on my journey through this book, I was flabbergasted to realize that story ended with Elijah leaving Akbar for his hometown. And the rest of it was all covered as a side note, for the tranquillity of curiosity.

The author of this book has done it so well then I have started to ap
Mehdi Hassan
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Paolo Coelho is definitely one of my top 5 favourite authors. He has set the bar really high with 'The Alchemist', a book I keep going back to for motivation and direction in life. The Fifth Mountain brings into perspective the struggles of a prophet and Paolo does a good job of accentuating the moments of doubt in his sacred journey. The book is great for quotes and notes of wisdom. However, the details can sometime get boring and too dramatic to stick to the pages. The story can sometime be ha ...more
Inspired by the story from the bible, the book follows the story of Elijah, a prophet who fled after deflecting orders from his hometown, Israel. Princess Jezebel, who just married King Ahab of Israel, ordered the death of all the prophets refusing to worship the pagan God Baal.

“There are moments when troubles enter our lives and we can do nothing to avoid them.
But they are there for a reason. Only when we have overcome them will we understand why they were there.”

― Paulo Coelho, The Fifth Mo
J.T. Therrien
Mar 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was my second reading of The Fifth Mountain, a rarity in and of itself. I barely have time to read a book once, I don't usually get around to re-reading it. But it had been years since I had read Coelho's book, and so much has changed in my life since then that I wanted to see how/if the story still spoke to me.

The last time I had picked up The Fifth Mountain, I was practicing yoga, and although I never embraced Coelho's whole New Age, Warrior of Light idea, I thought it interesting. But no
Mony Dojeiji
Feb 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I have recently re-read this book telling, from Coelho's perspective obviously, the life of Elijah the Prophet. Elijah is presented as a young prophet feeling unworthy and unprepared to take on the task that God has given him - to instil the religion on the One God in the land of Israel where its current princess Jezebel is trying to impose the worship of many gods, especially that of Baal.

It is an engaging story, and for me, filled with a great deal of wisdom. It's easy to imagine the young pro
Jaeri Ayarez
Jul 13, 2012 rated it liked it
Okay, honestly, at first, I was planning to rate it with two stars but the ending was good. So it's good to finish the story first because mostly in Paulo's works, everything will cleared up and be realized at the ending.

So why still rated it three? Ahm, because the opening of the story well for me it's not good. Because when I first read it, I was confused of who's who. Elijah, Jezebel, Levite...

But, i don't know if I will rate it right and will review it rightly. Since I was reading it bit by
May 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Readers of Paulos Tree, spiritual seekers
"The Fifth Mountain" is one of Coelho's earlier works, one in which he takes us to biblical times and events. He brings us the story of the prophet Elijah, whom we follow along, he and his tormented soul, through this landscape so tormented unto itself; this land of Levites, Curses, Tribunals, Angels, Israelites—Gods Will Be Done.

Coelho was raised up in the Catholic Church, not, as many assume, in some far—out, new—agey, spirit to light seeking kind of religion. His traditional religious upbrin
Narendrāditya Nalwa
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was ok
The biblical story of Elijah and how he rebuilds a city far away from his homeland. Together with the Assyrian invasion, the love Elijah finds in a lonely widow and her adamant son who strives to rebuild the city for his mother, 'The Fifth Mountain' makes a decent read.
Feb 27, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nice,Nice,Nice..Nothing more can be said...
A child can teach an adult three things: to be happy for no reason, to always be busy with something, and to know how to demand with all his might that which he desires.”
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Filled with wisdom, this retelling of Elijah's story is inspiring.

“God is God,” the Levite replied. “He did not tell Moses whether He was good or evil; He simply said: I am. He is everything that exists under the sun—the lightning bolt that destroys a house, and the hand of man that rebuilds it.”

“If He is all-powerful, why doesn’t He spare the suffering of those who love Him? Why doesn’t He save them, instead of giving might and glory to His enemies?”

Each time I hear a scream out there, I
Wendell D'Costa
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“All life battles teach us something, even those we lose”

The Fifth Mountain, coincidentally, happens to be the 'Fifth' Paulo Coelho Novel I read. And I must say, it was surely one of his best works. The story of the Prophet Elijah was not only inspiring but also educating.

“Although I have the colors, only the Lord can mix them with such harmony.”

Paulo Coelho has beautifully crafted the tale of Prophet Elijah, instilling his own wisdom and philosophy that is generated through every word and pa
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was about a man called Elijah who was given the ability to be a Prophet as a child and he’s done miraculous things ever since. He comes across many challenges on his journey and he persists through. I gave this book 5 stars because I thought it was really philosophical and I thought it was philosophical in a way that I could understand it and I thought it was really good as I added a bit of religion involved as well. The character I liked the most was obviously Elijah because when he h ...more
Arthi Rathinavel
Mar 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Love the quote ‘Fear reaches only to the point where unavoidable begins after that it loses its meaning’....loved the theme,the tragedy that happens to us is not punishment but a challenge to our spirit....I don’t know whether am not clever enough to understand this book or this book is uninteresting....I don’t find this gripping and I got bored while reading...I am a sort of person who quit the book if it doesn’t evoke emotions or if I couldn’t able to relate to it and I never want to quit this ...more
Mahmoud Ayman
May 21, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paulo
The novel goes back to the ninth century B.C. about the prophet Elijah (Peace be upon him) and his time in Zarephath -known as Akbar by its inhabitants-.
Despite my disliking of some details, perhaps for the fact that they don't match my beliefs as a Muslim, but the novel showed a story of belief, tragedy, disbelief, despair and re-belief.

Here are some links for a quick skimming through that part of history and where the prophet was mentioned in Quran:
May 22, 2020 rated it liked it
If you are interested in spiritual and history then go for it. Book is all about the prophet Elijah who regenerated the life on Akhbar which was attacked by Invaders and after attack many young inhabitants leave the place to live somewhere else but returned after meeting with shepherd and encouraged the remaining inhabitants and redeveloped the Akhbar.
Paul Clarkson
Nov 26, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
I’m at the end of my box set, thankfully not all of the works, of Coelho novels. This one I’ve been struggling with for some weeks now - although the only struggles were finding the motivation to pick it up again - I only reached page 60 of 243 - and then eventually shelving it.

Based wholly around the prophet Elijah, which in itself could be engaging, this book is page after page of tedium, and reminds me of the cryptic words, frequently nonsensical, from my childhood religious days. Except, th
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