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The Valkyries

3.32  ·  Rating details ·  23,809 ratings  ·  1,085 reviews
A Magical Tale About Forgiving Our Past and Believing in Our Future

The enchanting, true story of The Valkyries begins in Rio de Janeiro when author Paulo Coelho gives his mysterious master J., the only manuscript for his book The Alchemist. Haunted by a devastating curse, Coelho confesses to J., "I′ve seen my dreams fall apart just when I seemed about to achieve them." In
Paperback, 243 pages
Published September 6th 1999 by HarperTorch (an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers) (first published 1988)
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Walaa Shaaban Hello, I suggest you to start with By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept, I really liked this one.
Joel No, let him/her grow a little bit more and solify his/her beliefs; that way he/she wont get confused by the content.

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Jan 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
What i learned from this book? The reason why we always try to destroy the things/people we love. And what our angels really look like. And how to "broaden our horizons."

They said this was the most "boring" book Coelho ever wrote. I say they're wrong.
Sep 06, 2007 rated it did not like it
Okay. This may sound like I'm dumb or something, but really, I didn't get the point of this novel. I read from somewhere that the book is about "journey of faith, of trust, of forgiveness, of love, of self-discovery, and of battling the darkness within ourselves, and wanting to change". Okay, so I got these messages, but only vaguely. In addition, I read somewhere that this book is semi-biographical - but is it? Did all those events REALLY happen? I find myself wondering which events were real, ...more
Saadia B. ||  CritiConscience
Not the best work by Coelho I would say. A good baseline but the story was at times haphazard.

Liked the title very well thought “Valkyries” also served as the temptation which led me to complete this book.

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Lily Wren
Dec 01, 2008 rated it it was ok
I do usually enjoy Coelho's books and often take something inspiring away from them however, with The Valkyries I am not too sure. Coelho tells the story of his spiritual journey and experiences gained travelling through the desert. Throughout the journey we witness Coelho fighting his inner demons and working towards spiritual enlightenment and self development. We are also introduced to his wife Chris who accompanies Coelho and, in her own way, faces her own inner struggles and spiritual enlig ...more
Apr 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I never pay too much attention to the plot of Coelho books because the plot is merely a means of this author to get his point across. The chapters of this book do culminate in to a satisfying climax, however the messages in the book are woven in to the detail of the text throughout rather than the end.

I found the third person narrative quite annoying to begin with, it is very perplexing to me as to why someone would choose to write about themselves in the third person. However writing is a cont
Lamski Kikita
Nov 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Coelho lovers
Why do we ever forget our long conversations with angels as children?

We all grow up and deny wonderful spiritual experiences only to try so hard to find them again as adults.

The book tells of Coelho's journey in the late 80s with his wife in the Mojave desert in search of a band of warrior women dressed in leather preaching about faith called the Valkyries, so he can learn from them how to see his guardian angel.

My favorite part was when the leader of the valkyries told Paulo that he needs not j
Mutasim Billah
Jun 23, 2017 rated it did not like it
The only good thing about this book was that it was a relatively easy read. Otherwise, the entire plot and the characters are like the yawn-inducing, bland portraits found in some struggling artist's repertoire. Overused, hipster enigma of fabled tales doesn't work here as well as it did in The Alchemist. The result is boring, colourless and instantly forgettable. ...more
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Devo ter comprado este livro depois de ter lido O Diário de Um Mago, do mesmo autor, há cerca de 25 anos. Recentemente, e após perceber qual era o tema, decidi "libertá-lo" sem o ler, mas acabei por não resistir e experimentei ler alguns capítulos.

A narrativa revestiu-se de um maior interesse, para mim, depois de ler a Nota do Autor e perceber que este é um relato de acontecimentos que aparentemente foram vividos por Paulo Coelho e pela sua mulher. No entanto, isso não c
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
Desert Solitaire meets Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, but this is not as good as either one.
I see how much Coelho struggles to be a good writer and appreciate his effort to capture something mystical, but it doesn't work... I suppose he can make all the deals with the devil he wants, but the gift of writing has not been bestowed, he was cheated ; p
I wonder if he was very jealous of the success of J.K. Rowling when Harry Potter came out? Much better telling of a sort of similar story,
Florence Lyon
Dec 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
This is a novel about Paulo's journey to find his guardian angel as advised by the master of his secret order. His wife joins him on this one and the story is told in the third person. It starts in Rio and somehow and some reason I forget, they go to the Mojave Desert. Foolishly, one day they go on an outing into the desert and get sunstroke. Luckily, they are rescued and spend a couple of days recovering.

The Valkyries turn out to be a bunch of biker chicks or " warrior women" they meet at a tru
Aug 29, 2008 rated it liked it
This book was more journey than I had thought it would be. It was a personal story of the author and his wife and sometimes I felt uncomfortable by how much was shared. But I also learned more about spiritual quests and how far people can take them. It is like anything else in that it is whatever you want to make it. The story was inspiring for that quest. Some of it was hard to imagine such as the motorcycle group of women touring the US with an intense quest for passing along spiritual knowled ...more
Oct 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I was so taken by this book. I've had it for sometime but with most of Coelho's stories, I cannot get into them unless they seem relevant to my own life.
THere is a page long passage in the epilogue. I believe, my reason for reading this book when I did was to come across this passage. It's starts off:
"The day will come when the problem of hunger can be solved through the miracle of the multiplication of the bread[…]"
Lovely story. And I'm sure Valhalla was the female placing the flowers at the si
Feb 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The Valkyries is my third Coelho. I asked for it for Christmas, having picked a Coelho title at random, and now that I’ve read it, I think that it’s perfect that I read this one third, after By The River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept and The Alchemist. This is the incredibly personal, true story of Paulo Coelho’s life journey from Satan worshiper to spiritual magus, to an emotionally frantic man searching for his guardian angel.

To underst
Jan 14, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Apokripos by: the "Voice"
Angels Brought me Here
(A book Review of Paulo Coelho's The Valkyries)

In the Author’s Note at the back of this book Paulo Coelho said: "Anyone who has read The Valkyries, will know that this book is very different from The Pilgrimage, The Alchemist and Brida" — true enough it is.

The Valkyries sets off in Brazil when Paulo’s Master, J., gives him (yet another) a task: "to break the curse" by speaking with his angels. One week later, he and his wife Christina are on the road to the starkly beautifu
Aug 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Initially, I had found the book easily-put-downable. However, there were two things that kept me thumbing through the pages. Firstly, this verse:

And each man kills the thing he loves,
By all let this be heard,
Some do it with a bitter look,
Some with a flattering word,
The coward does it with a kiss,
The brave man with a sword.

My first impression to it was, "That's a total lie! It can't be true for everyone." But as I'd turned over the page, I found out that the master (J.) of the protagonist (Paulo)
Mashal Ahmad
Aug 20, 2017 rated it liked it
I rated this book with four stars at start, then I thought about and change it to three. WHY? I'm not sure, I don't know how I feel about this book. Just as they say it's a biography of the author with a little bit of fictitious events, so that's why it's different. It's different when you read fiction, because your are prepared for all sort of supernatural and occult events. It's easy to accept them given the account that they are fabricated, that they are suppose to be the way they are and tha ...more
Pramudith Rupasinghe
I loved 'Veronica Decide to die' the most among the books of Coelho, Alchemist to some extent but I did not find it a realistic book, Eleven minuets I loved-it has well pitched to earthy realities. Valkyries, is well written but it was not my cup of tea. I believe that is for a different group of readers. And I do not criticize the book, it was just I did not like it but it well written and demonstrates the extraordinary story telling skills of the author.
Elvira Atvara
Jan 28, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
In "The Valkyries" i found a different Coelho, one I didn't like. The message of the book appears to be clear and beautiful, but underneath it all the waters are muddy. I found it really challenging to read; had I not been spending so much time in the airport these days, I might not have finished it at all. Maybe I am just a very conservative christian, but it appears to be clearly stated in the Bible, which Coelho quotes so much, that witchcraft is wrong. It was hard for me to understand how Ch ...more
James Hewkin
Dec 19, 2017 rated it did not like it
Boring, pedantic and pointless. Full to the brim with trivial new-age denial tactics designed to distract Coelho’s fans from their failed lives, miserable vegan diets and god-awful joss-stick stink. I would burn this book if I wasn’t now so afraid of offending the god of fire.
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Apr 05, 2018 rated it did not like it
Was there a story here? If there was then I missed it. The plot is extremely lacking or (at best) very difficult to decern. The conversations are boring as the characters jabber on about nothing consequential. I'm being generous in giving it even 1 star. Ugh, just not a good book. ...more
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Coelho’s hero here is his stand-in, a follower of magic and spirituality that seems quite overwhelming to the story, a big personality. This character’s wife is more of a normal person. The book is about how they both relate to the spiritual quest of the hero, with the wife dragged along and by the end appearing to learn more. This one just didn’t grab me. I found the story similar to other hero quest stories, but this seemed too familiar, reminding me of late night B movies about witches and de ...more
Ron Wroblewski
This book seems a mixture of Don Juan and Og Mandino. Paulo says most of it was true. It is his search in the southwest US of meeting his angel. There are mixtures of religion - New Age, Catholic etc - in the search for a new world. But I don't believe that truly spiritual people would act as some of the ones in the story, especially the Valkyries. Not really a good read for me. ...more
Ibrahim Niftiyev
Dec 11, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Can't call it a useful reading... ...more
Oct 09, 2018 rated it did not like it
I think I'm just not a fan of the two Paulo Coelho books I found.

Alas. I think I am lost. And in the ocean, so to speak.
Sara Murshid
Mar 14, 2021 rated it it was ok
Honestly I didnt really get the point of this book..
Jun 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary, fiction
I picked up 'The Valkyries' by Paulo Coelho for two reasons: one, because I fairly enjoyed 'The Alchemist' (though it didn't live up to all its hype) and two,because I noticed that many people violently disliked Paulo Coelho and so wanted to read a few more of his books to see how I feel about him.
The book takes you on a spiritual journey with Paulo and his wife Chris in which they try to talk to and see their guardian angel. All the events are depicted as true except for one or two minor areas
Ahmed R. Rashwan
Jan 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Paulo Coelho's 'The Valkyries' fell into my lap at the peak time of my admiration for its author. I think I rated it so highly was because I really loved the plot. Looking back at it now I believe that my lack of tolerance for Paulo's mystic ways would have most probably repulsed me, but at the time I was quite enthralled by it.

All I can say is that you will be in a confused state as to whether this is a novel or an autobiography, or a concocted cocktail of cockery. In hindsight, it would seem t
Rana Adham
Nov 12, 2012 rated it did not like it
After getting introduced to Coelho via "The Alchemist", imagine my expectations when I stumbled upon this one.

I don't remember when I read it exactly, but I remember the weird ending that was supposedly true. True as in "happened to Coelho in real life". It might have happened, and I might have believed it, if only anything in the book made sense.
Sep 09, 2013 rated it liked it
Why we tend to destroy everyting that we love? How to get rid of the voice that keeps us to conquer mountains? It was easy reading, but also little interesting journey. It brought my attention back to some core problems that should be handled every once in a while.
Jan 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
"And each man kills the thing he loves,
By all let this be heard,
Some do it with a bitter look,
Some with a flattering word,
The coward does it with a kiss,
The brave man with a sword"

Sublime and influential!
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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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