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3.48  ·  Rating details ·  66,903 ratings  ·  3,318 reviews
Brida has long been interested in various aspects of magic. One day, she decides to visit the Master who lives in a small town outside Dublin. She finds him in the forest where he spends his days. Her first 'lesson' is to be left alone in the forest all night, where she learns to overcome her fears & to trust in the goodness of the world. ...more
Paperback, 266 pages
Published March 1st 2009 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 1990)
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Apr 24, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Dusty by: Alma Salinas
Shelves: read-in-2008
Coelho's Alchemist is one of my favorite books. I've read it twice, and both times its simple story and straightforward Universal Truths have stirred me. Brida tells a similar story about a youth who feels herself tugged onto a unique path toward greatness. But lightning has not struck twice.

This is a book of only 200 pages, yet it took me almost a month to read, and not only because I was grading hundreds of research papers at the same time. It discusses a 21-year-old Irish girl (Brida) who is
Will Byrnes
“So what is magic?” she asked.

…”Magic is a bridge,” he said at last, “ a bridge that allows you to walk from the visible world over into the invisible world, and to learn the lessons of both those worlds.”

“And how can I learn to cross that bridge?”

“By discovering your own way of crossing it. Everyone has their own way.”
My first exposure to Coelho was many years ago. I read The Alchemist at a time in my life when I was experiencing some major changes and I found very real comfort and guidanc
Ahmad Sharabiani
Brida, Paulo Coelho
Brida is a novel by Brazilian author Paulo Coelho. It is the story of a beautiful young Irish girl and her quest for knowledge. She finds a hermit mage who teaches her to overcome fear and a witch who teaches her how to dance to the hidden music of the world. They see in her a gift, but must let her make her own voyage of discovery. As Brida seeks her destiny, she struggles to find a balance between her relationships and her desire to transform herself. The story makes referen
"How will I know who my Soulmate is?" Indeed, we are all looking for something. Someone to love, someone who loves us, something that adds meaning to our life, our existence. Some sign, to know we are not alone. Some indication to know that our thoughts, feelings, memories, will not die with us when our physical body perishes.

Brida addresses all this and much more. The story is presented as a young woman's quest to find answers - to questions that mean the world to her. Questions, which if we i
Jul 25, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: journey-within
The only quotes that I liked and made sense in an otherwise rambling narrative:

"Nothing in the world is ever completely wrong. Even a stopped clock is right twice a day"
~ Brida's father (Pg.99)

"What is now proved was once only imagin'd"
~ William Blake (Pg.174)

"I learned that the search for God is a Dark Night, that Faith is a Dark Night. And that's hardly a surprise really, because for us each day is a dark night. None of us knows what might happen even the next minute, and yet we still go for
Apr 16, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Paulo Coelho is clearly a genius--and not a literary one. The fact that he can write something this unfathomably dull and make millions of people buy it is a feat of marketing brilliance.

This book relies on a series of vagueries that one would imagine the author might at some point explain. I suppose Coehlo thinks the mysteriousness of arcane-sounding phrases like "Tradition of the Moon" and "Dark Night" are substantial enough to keep a reader captivated with neither qualification nor tact. Perh
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I had an extremely violent, visceral reaction to this story, not because of the mixing of religion and witchcraft, not because of the amorphous way this world worked, not because of the insistence that man and woman are the polar opposite sides of the same thing and that everything everywhere is black and white, yin and yang, light and dark, sun and moon, day and night, no gray area ever. Not even because I rolled my eyes at nearly every
Aug 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It broke my heart into a jillion pieces. I feel like crying. Love is when you'll be able to understand that at some point, you were never meant to be together. That, sometimes, even if you're just in time, it isn't still sufficient. It isn'r selfish. It allows you to grow and to go in search of your path, in search of your soul. It does not hinder you to become the person you wanted to be. It doesn't require you to give up all the important things you have just because...

Of all the Paulo Coelho
Aug 04, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who are obsessed with Wicca
Recommended to Chelsea by: Mary Cate
Ok, so this book came recommended to me by a freind, so I was pretty excited to read it. Once I got started, however, I was a bit disappointed (soory M.C.)

First off, the main charachter was niave and a bit juvenille. Everything that she thought of and said was almost infintile.

Secondly, She was supposed to be searching for a "Gift" and there was never really a solid confirmation as to what this gift was, even when she found it.

Thirdly, who ever heard of witches being Jesus loving Christians?
Mar 03, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this little story, but I enjoyed "The Witch of Portobello" (my first Coelho read) more. However, I think people are looking for a bit too much out of this book. It's a good little tale, and I enjoyed a few of the lines from it/quotes. I think Señor Coelho is simply asking us to reflect. Not every book is a wirlwind, instead a book can be a bit like looking out over a still lake with time to think. As a goodreads friend Harley pointed out, in the prologue Señor Coelho gives the reader pau ...more
Sep 10, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sarah, so you can explain it to me
Can somebody please tell me what this book was about?! I consider myself a pretty savvy reader, but I didn't get this at all. I loved the Alchemist and this has much of the same philosophical insights and phrases you want to savor . . . ("Nothing is wrong all the time, even a stopped clock is right twice a day"). But I couldn't tell you what the meaning of this book was. Girl is on spiritual path to find her Gift. Meets the Magus in the forest who is her soul mate but they don't end up together. ...more
Apr 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 100-pages, owns
The special case between me and Poulo Coelho books is that they come in my life exactly when I'm in a need of them.

Brida tells us a story about finding soulmates. Well, if you look at it in that way. How one must look for the right things in his life and why it's important. The tradition of the sun and moon were good to know.

The title is very attractive and fits with the story. Couldn't have been a better title. Cover is enchanting. Reading Poulo Coelho is always a great experience in itself.

Saadia B. || CritiConscience
1.5 Stars

As much as the title intrigued me to read this book. The story itself was sluggish and tedious to be exact.

Brida wanted to learn magic and goes all the way to the forest from Dublin. There she met a Magus who knew the Tradition of the Moon. But he left her alone in the forest in order to test her endurance. She passed the test but decided to go back to Dublin.

She went to a bookstore regularly but never bought anything then one day the bookstore owner gave her a number. She called and
Keyo Çalî
Again one of the books that I don't understand
is it about love? magic? philosophy of life? I don't know and I really don't care
but the atmosphere of the book was great and magical
sometimes it was like a meditation for me
by the way, I don't like the author
May 31, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a sweet little story. In some ways, it reminds me of the kinds of stories one finds in the Bible and the Zohar. Such stories aren't stories in terms of the classic ideas of plots, but serve to illustrate spiritual points. I see Brida in that way. The plot is a very thin scaffold on which to hang a series of philosophical and spiritual ideas. From the point of view of fiction, this is less than satisfactory. From the point of view of philosophy, the style is certainly one that's tried and ...more
Feb 11, 2018 marked it as lost-interest  ·  review of another edition
I was stupid af to start Brida🤦3 months ago i started alchemist and hated every word in it nevertheless,i decided to start another book by him,to give him another chance.It was a long story why i chose Brida especially but yeah here i am,and its been A MONTH since ive started it and i finally decided to DNF it at like 60%.

Here's what i understood from the book:
•Theres this whiny young lady called Brida who wants to learn magic
•a man called the magus who's twice her age but when he saw her "he kn
Apr 03, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Paulo Coelho came highly recommended, so I'm going to give him another chance, but this book really didn't live up to my expectations. It's supposed to be spiritually enlightening, but I just found it annoying. For starters, the main character is too much of a Mary-Sue. She's beautiful, we're she's presented as critical (though we don't notice much of this), she has a gift, everyone thinks she's oh-so special. Although this book often states that a spiritual search is for everyone, at the same t ...more
Archit Ojha
Apr 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-we-own
Brida canvases a beautiful story about an Irish girl, her quest, relationships, love, magic and knowledge about it.

This book is not for everyone but those who happened to read it in the right times in their lives, will appreciate its beauty more.
Although I have finished reading the book, but its magic and charm will remain with me.
Nom Deplume
Blank toilet paper is more gripping to read, with a better plot.

Wow. This "book" was so bad that I joined Goodreads just to get it out of my system. I had a pretty good idea that this was bilge from the cover, but I picked it up and skimmed thru it anyway. It exceeded my worst expectations, and mine were pretty low to begin with. Forgive the swear words, but really.

The whole thing is some random shit about love and soulmates... err, sorry, make that Love and Soul Mates, because Coelho wants Ever
Jun 07, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I love Paulo Coelho, I really do...but this, I wanted to throw against the wall. Not necessarily because it was a bad story, but because it - ugh, let me start over with this. There is a disclaimer in this edition that states something to the effect of "do not try this at home." While I appreciate the concern, it gives me some doubts as to how fictional he THINKS it is. Let me tell you that there is ZERO evidence of any kind of Goddess cult surviving for centuries blah blah. It's baloney. Now mo ...more
Oct 28, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mira by: Asma
The only expression that could describe my impression after reading this book is “complete disappointment”. From the very first pages, Magic is presented to the reader as the book’s main theme. However, I didn’t feel the least bit of magic in the story. Many issues are dealt with in Brida all at once, that the point was muffled and the novel lost its sparkle. Surprisingly, Coelho here seems confused, struggling to find a particular message to convey. It’s true that I enjoy Coelho’s writings, and ...more
Fatima mehjabin
May 15, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnfs
DNF @ about 28%.
I guess this book just isn't for me.
This book contradicted with my beliefs. Also, I couldn't connect with the story. The author describes well but I just can't understand what's going on in the story. I don't feel the need to read further. (I apologise for writing a DNF review)
Sully (thysaltymar)
“None of us knows what might happen even the next minute, yet still we go forward. Because we trust. Because we have Faith.”
― Paulo Coelho, Brida

Mar 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Ecstatic ! ! !
Another wonderful book of
Paulo Coelho
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A wonderful piece of Fiction....
Astonishing !
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Author's narration was highly accomplished to touch the veins of Brida at every moment of story.
She was adventurer and walked on path of light as guided by her teacher and eventually after THE PARTY she became the one she wanted to be..
• Brida, 21 [1]Irish girl- Want to learn magi
I've never read anything by Paulo Coelho before, so I was rather surprised by the pagan spirituality of this little novel. It's the story of Brida, an Irish girl in training to become a witch. It is full of beautifully worded prose--I found myself making little tics and stars beside many paragraphs to go back and examine again (my apologies to those who get the ARC from me, lol). There is some seriously high minded spirituality folded into this simple book about a woman's quest to learn to use h ...more
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A captivating story about searching for the answers that the soul seeks. Brida embarks on a journey of discovery and growth. She meets two teachers who help show her the way on her spiritual journey.
It is a tale of seeking destiny, love, passion, mystery and spirituality.
Jan 21, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owend
Angee Andino
Jan 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Paulo Coelho never ceases to put down on paper every little thing I've ever needed to read about life. Every time I read his writing, I always take a sense of peace and better understanding with me.

I was given Brida this Christmas by my best friend, the person over whose shoulder I never fail to see a light, and needless to say, I was thrilled to find a Coelho book that I had not read. I rushed home the next day, picked a quiet corner of the house, and prepared myself to devour the pages, yet,
13 year old me read this in a classroom full of teenage boys and girls. 13 year old me found this intriguing, novel and fascinating. 13 year old me didn't understand 17% of the novel. 13 year old me actually almost gasped when a sex scene came and had a deer in the headlights look while reading it. Her friend, who was a boy, tried peeking but she shut the book immediately. He got it and laughed for about 5 minutes until she kicked him out of her seat. She read the scene and since she didn't know ...more
Ivana Books Are Magic
Brida is Special. We know this because Paulo Coelho uses a lot of capital letters when describing her Life. It is because of all the capital letters that we know that she is really on a Path. Don't question the Path, for it is written with a capital letter. It doesn't have to make any sense. There doesn't have to be a plot of any kind. Spiritual sounding quotes will do and if that isn't enough, thrown in an attractive young woman and descriptions of nature. That will do. Brida has a Gift. We kno ...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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