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From the #1 best-selling author of The Alchemist comes an inspiring story about a young man seeking wisdom from an elder, and the practical lessons imparted along the way.

In The Archer we meet Tetsuya, a man once famous for his prodigious gift with a bow and arrow but who has since retired from public life, and the boy who comes searching for him. The boy has many question
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Published November 10th 2020 (first published 2003)
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Ron Charles
Nov 12, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This novel unfolds as a series of motivational aphorisms that grind away on archery as a metaphor for a life well lived. But the conceit quickly gives way to redundancy and triteness, and we’re left trying to shake the image of Stephen Covey wearing a leather tunic with a feather in his cap.

“The Archer” contains many blank pages and many full-page illustrations by German artist Christoph Niemann, as though to give readers quiet space in which to digest such wisdom as, “Trust your intuition and p
Reading_ Tam_ Ishly
Why present a potato as double cheese burst pizza?!

That blurb is the most misleading one ever.

This isn't a story. Only the first 2-3 and the last few pages mentions the characters.

Otherwise the book is actually full of half-filled pages of 3-4 lines of teachings and preachings.

Actually a wholesome story would have been nice like it's promised in the blurb and that's how irritation bubbled up with each passing page and yes, more mind cursing for the great betrayal once again with a book (is it
Sophia Triad
So far I had loved all the books by Paulo Coelho. Unfortunately I was very disappointed with his latest book. There is a short story that works as a metaphor and -for me at least- not a very successful one. The words of wisdom sounded completely barren and pretentious.
On the other hand, I loved the somewhat abstract illustrations.
Nov 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: smyrna-library
This book has very mixed reviews, which I read after I read it myself. Reading those reviews had me questioning my own experience, but I can only share what I felt.

This is a very quick read and only very small parts of it include a story. The majority of it is an analogy and uses brief, simple terms to explain it.

This simple analogy will make you think. It can be related to any part of life and isn't specific enough to give you a step by step guide to achieving your goals. But to me that is th
Colm Holland
Nov 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a delight to receive Paulo’s latest bestseller this week - it is a wonderful book for several reasons. It’s a beautiful keepsake volume with inspiring illustrations by award-winning illustrator Christoph Niemann that are in perfect harmony with the subject of this book: inspirational meditations on Zen and the art of archery.

Zen Buddhism can, for those of us growing up in the west, be very difficult to grasp with it’s multiple paradoxes, but this book eases the reader into the very essence
Aug 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How can I describe a piece of art.
For all the persons who wants to succeed in their life, just read this book.
Deborah Dempsey
Feb 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Simple yet complex

At first read, you might think this is a simple book about archery, but it's much more than that. The Way of the Bow is a teaching of another way to focus, to meditate, to become one with your intention, and to be strong in yourself. Read one chapter, close the book, and then give yourself a day or two to let the lesson unfold itself within you before you move on. Go deep.
Laura ☾
Dec 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Coelho's usual fashion, The Archer is poignant but uplifting! Using the craft of archery as an analogy for how to approach life, we watch as a master archer instructs a young pupil, with anecdotes and advice.

The illustrations were absolutely adorable as well!
Michelle Curie
Nov 22, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
I don't mind a bit of preachiness, but when you expected something closer to a novel and instead get a full-blown session in self-help instead, it does rub me the wrong way.

The Archer is not, like the blurb claims, the story of a young man seeking wisdom from a man once famous for his prodigious gift with a boy and arrow. I mean, while that might be the set-up, this book actually is less a story and more a collection of sentences telling you how to life your life.

Coelho goes through with the Ar
Deepu Singh
A short but good read, he teaches us life's valuable lessons through the archer, arrow and bow.
Good read
Simon Robs
Jan 08, 2021 rated it it was ok
A confectionary trifle, a pig's ear purse all about those 10,000 hours where zenlike makes over and harmony a bow an arrow in flight. Be nice. ...more
Nov 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my first book by Coelho, though I have quite a few of his books in my collection. I don’t know what’s taken me so long to read his work, and I can’t say why his newest book is the first I’ve read, but I’m a new fan! “The Archer” can be interpreted in so many ways - as a lesson on life, following your dreams, honing your craft, overcoming your demons - all of these can be takeaways from this elegantly written story.

The illustrations were beautiful, as well. The simplistic - yet highly me
Nov 14, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
"The Archer" is a fast read. It amounts to 160 pages including illustrations.

It is not so much a story as it is a collection of insights and advice rolled out in a highly condensed form. In all, it is sparse on character development leaving this reader wanting more. It reads more like a synopsis than a story. Think of it as a Twitter parable.

My advice is to save your money and check it out at your local library. At ten bucks for the Kindle version and roughly another eight for the matching Audi
Hywel Owen
I've re-considered my view of this book upon re-reading it:

Paulho Coelho clearly knows a lot about archery, and describes the route to technical mastery well. His description of the reasons for success and failure are well made. However, this book is basically a straight rip-off of 'Zen in the Art of Archery', and has missed some of the finer points of that great book by Eugen Herrigel (written in the 1930s). Coelho's writing is muddled in comparison. It's worth commenting here that Herrigel bas
Oct 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book for review purpose and it is a very positive book. Much needed in these strange times.

Read it whole in a day because it is a very short book. Loved illustrations by Christoph Niemann.
Nikiforos Rigas
Dec 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-ebook
It's not only for those who like bows and arrows or who are archers, of course! Inspiring and brilliant. ...more
Dec 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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The Archer is a magnificent book for a few reasons. It’s a delightful keepsake volume with illustrations by illustrator Christoph Niemann that are in flawless harmony with the subject of this book: uplifting meditations on Zen and the art of bows and arrows.

Zen Buddhism can be hard to get a handle on in it’s different paradoxes, yet this book slips the readers into the very substance of the way of thinking through the analogy of archery. As P
Khyati Gautam
The Archer by Paulo Coelho is a book about a boy who is keen on learning archery. He is in search of Tetsuya, a man once famous for his prodigious gift with a bow and arrow but who has since retired from public life. Through the brief snippets, the author provides us an insight into how one should be living a fulfilling life.

The book essentially had a simple story and a whole lot of motivational messages sandwiched between it. The author made use of a bow and arrow to emphasize the connection be
Nov 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Do you know any guys who kind of get the spiritual/philosophical thing, but kind of don't? While this book can be for both women and men, gifting it to a man you love or a man that loves to hunt (archery etc...) would be perfect. The short story gives some guiding principals/thoughts/spiritual/philosophical or whatever you want to call them perspectives about life. How to hold the bow, the arrow, how to draw the drawstring, how to look at the target, and the moment of release all in resonance wi ...more
Tim Butzen-Cahill
I love Paulo Coelho's work and I wanted to love this book SOOOO badly!!! Alas, it was not meant to be. This book has Warrior of the Light vibes in that it's really just a guidebook without a strong narrative backbone. It's a parable for pursuing inspiration and what you love to do, which Coelho is a master of, but it so sparsely written that the metaphor became abstraction. I will argue that the book is worth picking up simply for the illustrations which are visually stunning with a unified and ...more
Prakriti Kandel
Jan 10, 2021 rated it liked it
"Each arrow leaves a memory in your heart."
- The Archer
Sankari Ramana
Mar 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
Simple narration with deep introspection behind it. This is not a guide book that tells you what to do with your life bluntly but instead emphasizes on the path of living and nudges along it's edges. Personally I felt that my brain already knew what Paulo was talking about which my heart was unwilling to be open about it, which is why I feel stuck at the same point. It's quite meditative and helped with my heart to accept it. ...more
** Books 53 - 2020 **

This books is to accomplish OWLsReadathon2020 and Tsundoku Books Challenge 2020

3,4 of 5 stars!

I haven't set any expectation when i read this books since i only need reading books under 150 pages for accomplish my Potions subject in OWLSReadathon2020 and i found this gems in my digital bookshelf from Paulo Coelho itself who support Self Quarantine in our own house.

This books is contains of philosophical things about the meaning became Archer, Bow, Arrow and partner. things
Riya Joseph Kaithavanathara
The Archer written by Paulo Coelho is a story where a boy paasionate about archery comes to meet Tetsuya, a man once very famous for his remarkable gifts in using the bow & arrow. Tetsuya has retired from the public life as an archer and is leading a private life as a carpenter when the boy comes to meet him with the desire of learning the art of archery.

This story is about how Tetsuya teaches the boy within the time span of their conversation together, what is important and what is not when it
tahmid  abtahi
Jan 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"they have the qualities of water: flowing around rocks,adapting to the course of the river,sometimes forming into a lake until the hollow fills to overflowing,and they can continue on their way,because water never forgets that the sea is its destiny and that sooner of later it must be reached"

it is a book that talks back to you with lessons that you need to understand, sayings that would fit into your world and thoughts that you have already buried in yourself. love the way paulo connects and
Oct 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An amazing short novel about life and how to succeed. The principles of the Archer applied to everyday living make for a successful career and home life. Tetsuya is the narrator of the story who is teaching a young boy about values and the concept of a superior being. He compares his bow to situations in a young life. Then proceeds to compare the arrow and other archery terms to dealing with decisions and thoughts. How a miss isn't a failure but an opportunity to evaluate and plan. A perfect sto ...more
A very quick read and while it's not your traditional "story" I still appreciated the little nuggets of wisdom. The structure is of a master archer talking to one wanting to become a better archer and just imparting life wisdom through the analogy of archery. It didn't grab me as much as The Alchemist, which I love and have read once and listened to twice, but I think it's because I was expecting more of a "story". Still, I enjoyed it much and will probably revisit it at some point. Maybe I'll g ...more
Nov 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Personally, I think this book was beautifully written. The way he put a story behind every chapter really shows you how much you can apply what was written in the book to so many aspects of your life. The only thing I think could've been improved was the ending because it ended so abruptly. You should write a good book from start to finish especially the last sentence because that's what the reader is left with, for this reason I would rate this maybe a 3.5-4. ...more
Sarah Ingala
Nov 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A short read, but not as quick as you’d think because Coelho’s reflections on a meaningful life take time to ponder and reflect. This book takes place as a master archer (Coelho?) takes a walk with a young boy (the reader?) and explains the way of the bow (how to have a meaningful life). There are wonderful drawings interspersed throughout the book as well.
Nov 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A lot of great nuggets of wisdom in this short read- much better than I expected. The way of the bow is a great allegory on how to teach, to learn, and offers an interesting prism through which one can view life, talents and challenges.
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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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