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O livro conta a história de Brida O' Fern, uma irlandesa de 21 anos em busca da magia e dos poderes ocultos. Durante sua busca, Brida conhece um mago, Mago de Folk, que promete ensiná-la através da Tradição do Sol, que explica tudo através da natureza e de suas manifestações divinas. Mas Brida toma, na verdade, como mestra, Wicca, uma bela mulher que lhe ensina através da ...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published 2006 by Planeta (first published 1990)
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Dusty
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
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Aparna
"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
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Namratha
Jul 25, 2008 rated it did not like it
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
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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
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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 guidance
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Jackie
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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Kristin
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
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Chelsea
Aug 04, 2008 rated it it was ok
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?
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Erica
I DID IT!
I survived this book!
I am a champion!
RAAAAAAR!
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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 everythi
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Karen
Mar 03, 2009 rated it liked it
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
Chanelle
Sep 10, 2008 rated it it was ok
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
Pooja
Apr 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owns, 100-pages
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.

KeyÇîya Çalî
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
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
Malcolm
May 31, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Rana⚡
Feb 11, 2018 marked it as lost-interest
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
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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.
Salymar
Sep 05, 2013 added it
Shelves: 2013-read
“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

Monique
Apr 03, 2009 rated it it was ok
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
Jackie
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
Mira
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 TM
May 15, 2016 rated it did not like it
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)
Stephanie
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
Rana
Jan 21, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owend
I FEEL THAT BREDA LIKE ME :)
Angee Andino
Jan 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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,
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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
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Angelica Watson (psst! amrutha)
My first Paulo - "The Alchemist" was very inspiring and motivating, but this book is very different.

First off, the story-line is brilliant - searching for a Soul-mate.
But, as the books progresses, it tends to go off track in certain places.
When Brida falls into her first trance, somehow she stops caring about finding her soulmate and for a time, The Magus is forgotten and then again the story goes back to him. It all seems very vaguely connected.

As a reader, you don't really experience the emot
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Alexis
This is the first ever book that I will put a big, fat DNF next to! I absolutely hated this and put it down after getting about halfway through. I have to laugh because my mum gave me this book to read, but then agreed that she didn't like it either! Who knows why she thought it was a good idea to pass it on to me, but I gave it right back to her!

The book is about a young woman who is searching for her spirituality, basically. I forget why, but she thinks she might be a witch, or wants to learn
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Jamie
Aug 26, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Apparently there are lots of other covers for this book, all of them more fun than the hard cover I purchased. This, despite being in another language, is the cover I have. I like the other two English versions I see better. Oh well.

I love how simplistic and concise Coehlo's books are. The word choice is always even, and, though they are "spiritual" and therefore, it suprises me that I allow myself to not only LOVE them, but really...use them out of context, in life and recommend them to others,
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Nigham
In one sentence: I’m feeling (kinda) sad for Magus.
Why wizards like Magus and Magnus are left alone to face the after effects of true love???
This is a story about a girl named, ‘Brida’ discovering her blessed gift by making her own voyage and taking guidance from a witch and a wizard.

Some of the very positive and inspiring sayings of this book are:

Never be ashamed of anything.
“Never be ashamed,’ he said. ‘Accept what life offers you and try to drink from every cup. All wines should be tasted;
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Aart
Oct 22, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Brida is a tale of love, passion, mystery, and spirituality from a master storyteller. Coelho wrote Brida right after The Alchemist, and it launched his career as an international novelist. It has never been published in English—until now. Brida will be in stores June 24th, but you can read a Sneak Peek excerpt by clicking here now:

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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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