Eleven Minutes is the story of Maria, a young girl from a Brazilian village, whose first innocent brushes with love leave her heartbroken. At a tender age, she becomes convinced that she will never find true love, instead believing that "love is a terrible thing that will make you suffer. . . ." A chance meeting in Rio takes her to Geneva, where she dreams of finding fame...more
The conclusion seems to be... really good sex planned and awaited for, coupled with extreme wealth of man, is really what it is all…moreGood question.
The conclusion seems to be... really good sex planned and awaited for, coupled with extreme wealth of man, is really what it is all about.
Or young beautiful women learn best about sex from rich men who all want them?
At one point Maria "saw God" after an orgasm... so there is that.(less)
Eleven Minutes is a 2003 novel by Brazilian novelist Paulo Coelho. Maria, a young girl from a remote village of Brazil, whose first encounters with love leave her heartbroken, goes to seek her fortune in Switzerland. She works for a time in a nightclub but soon becomes dissatisfied and after a heated discussion with her manager one night, she quits her job. She tries to become a model but is unsuccessful. Because she is running out of ...more
Imagine my surprise when I found out that the book was about an immigrant sex worker in Switzerland. It made me more than a little ...more
Each of his novels teach valuable lessons for adults through the interesting happenings of his protagonists. This story does the same. However the lesson taught borders on relationship counseling and sexual education. It was just as compelling and effective as it was uncomfortable. Uncomfortable in the sense that the information being learned as ...more
“At every moment of our lives, we all have one foot in a fairy tale and the other in the abyss.”
“While she was waiting for her Prince Charming to appear, all she could do was dream.”
“She had to content herself with loving and suffering in silence until the end.”
“When we meet someone and fall in love, we have a sense that the whole universe is on our side. And yet if something goes wrong, there is nothing left! How is it possible for the ...more
Once upon a time, there was a bird. He was adorned with two perfect wings and with glossy, colorful, marvelous feathers. In short, he was a creature made to fly about freely in the sky, bringing joy to everyone who saw him....more
One day, a woman saw this bird and fell in love with him. She watched his flight, her mouth wide in amazement, her heart pounding, her eyes shining with excitement. She invited the bird to fly with her, and the two traveled across the sky in perfect harmony. She
Finding it in a spiritual way was her purpose.
I adored Eleven Minutes instantly.
Thank You Rashmi for getting this book available for me. :*
My friends said that Coelho writes simple topics but with philosophies that could give new meanings on the subject--and some enhancement to the readers. I do agree on the philosophical thingy, but for my point of view, it doesn't quite fit in this book.
Maria, the prostitute who became the main character in this ...more
I don't know if this book was meaningless or I just didn't get the point. was it trying to say BDSM is a way to get close to GOD? was it trying to say being a prostitute is holy? was it trying to say true love is always waiting for you with The Light?
I have absolutely no idea
expected more from Paulo Coelho
Sometimes a writer thinks that he's flowing with genius and ideas, and that merely basing a story on a real life event would create a masterpiece. well, i thinks it's time they stopped doing it and people stopped canonizing unworthy so-called writers.
this is the second book of Coelho that i've read and it hadn't fail me in disappointment. Obviously, from his afterword, it's evident he's thinking he's doing something earth-shattering and ground-breaking by writing about ...more
Coelho Definately, knows about life!
This book is a story about Maria, a young girl who's really not settle for being just ordinary country girl. Her jouney begins when one day she went for vacation to Rio Da Janero (wow, she live in the same country as Coelho!!)and a stranger offered her fo working abroad as a dancer. Her life changed on the day she accept the offer. And from the very begining until the end of the book readers could see how life can turn out very unexpectedly. You think you ...more
She ends up having intense relationships with two men: One, a special client of the cafe she works out of, who has an affinity for S&M and teaches her all about it. The other is man who she meets outside of work (I forget how she meets him...) and falls in love with. She doesn't really struggle with choosing between them ...more
"Human beings can withstand a week without water, two weeks without food, many years of homelessness but not loneliness. It is the worst of all tortures, the worst of all sufferings."
This is my second time reading Eleven Minutes by Paulo Coelho and its charm hadn't been lost. The first time I picked this book was a couple of years ago. I had loved it back then and I loved it this time, too.
The thing about Eleven Minutes that fails to amuse most ...more
Haha, oh boy. Mr. Coelho here. In general, you try too much. In retrospect though, I have come to several conclusions. Some of them even about this author too.
Let us be frank and shameless. Paulo Coelho has always been a one-trick pony. Somewhere along his existence as the main go-to writer for the pseudo-intellectuals, he perfected a formula. Which he pretty much copied and pasted more or less throughout his career. Let's be fair, most writers flounder with their themes, often just repeat ...more
Once upon a time, there was a prostitute called maria. Wait a minute. "Once upon a time" is how all the best children's stories begin and "prostitute" is a word for adult. how can I ...more
So far it's Brazillian's have a lot of superstitions and eleven minutes is the average?
It's refreshing to have a work by Paulo Coelho that isn't anything spiritual and have more realistic, relatable characters that experience actual challenges in sex work.
I mean... it was alright.
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