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By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept

(On the Seventh Day #1)

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3.57  ·  Rating details ·  80,683 ratings  ·  3,474 reviews
Since his novel "The Alchemist" appeared three years ago, Paulo Coelho has emerged from Latin America to become one of the world's most widely-read authors. With his unique, even magical ability to meld gripping action and powerful spiritual insight, his books have become world favorites, selling more than ten million copies in 47 countries and being translated into 23 lan ...more
Paperback, 210 pages
Published September 1st 1999 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 1994)
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Tiago 210 pages in English. But there is a lot of unused space between sub chapters, so the text length is probably more similar to a normal 180 pages book.…more210 pages in English. But there is a lot of unused space between sub chapters, so the text length is probably more similar to a normal 180 pages book.

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Michel
Apr 09, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: eleole, doulce
Thank you, Mr Coelho.
At a time when my parents and my son are dying, and can't accept love, help and support, this one paragraph in your Author's Note gave me joy and hope:
"But ultimately there is no good reason for our suffering, for in every love lies the seed of our growth. The more we love, the closer we come to a spiritual experience. Those who are truly enlightened, those whose souls are illuminated by love, have been able to overcome all the inhibitions... They have been joyful — because
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P. Cookie
Jul 26, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have just experienced a wonderful and enlightening love story that has moved me deeply. Indeed, Paulo Coelho's "By The River Piedra I Sat Down And Wept" is a must read for people who have lost, found, or still seeking for love.

I have made some references to this novel in some of my past blogs. But now, I am writing more about it on my personal realizations after experiencing this enigmatic literary work.

I have jotted down some lines from the book that struck me the most, and taken note of my
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Charlotte May
“To love is to lose control.”

Hm, this is a strange and hard one to review.
On the one hand, there is no plot, barely anything happens at all.
Yet on the other the writing is so lyrical, so peaceful, and tackles such interesting and important topics that it kept me reading.

Pilar is invited to a seminar by an old friend. Their reunion strikes a chord and changes them both. They travel together across parts of Spain and France, discussing life, love, faith and spirituality.
A lot of the focus is o
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Ana
Nov 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
MY FAVORITE LINES FROM THE BOOK:

At some point, we have each said through our tears, “I’m suffering for a love that’s not worth it.” We suffer because we feel we are giving more than we receive. We suffer because our love is going unrecognized. We suffer because we are unable to impose our own rules.

True love is an act of total surrender.

You have to take risks. We will only understand the miracle of life fully when we allow the unexpected to happen.

Every day, God gives us the sun - and also o
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Imane
Mar 04, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
“If pain must come, may it come quickly. Because I have a life to live, and I need to live it in the best way possible. If he has to make a choice, may he make it now. Then I will either wait for him or forget him.”
― Paulo Coelho, By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept


🌟1/5🌟
Really!... Is this a joke??!! because I thought this was absolutely horrible.

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Priya
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*takes deep breath*
Okay , so I saw a GR update about this book and I was like yeah..!! I have read it and its a really good one but i couldnt remember the plot and everything. So I started searching for this book and for what it felt like a million years I found it and read it AGAIN.
Then I mentally slapped my brain for not remembering this book, and my brain was like -'yeah..!! Theres only one explanation for not remembering it, that the aliens must have had abducted me and wiped my memory clean
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Na margem do rio Piedra eu sentei e chorei = By the river piedra I sat down ond wept, Paulo Coelho
By the River Piedra I sat Down and Wept (Portuguese: Na margem do rio Piedra eu sentei e chorei) is the first part in Coelho's trilogy "On the Seventh Day". The other two parts are Veronika Decides to Die and The Devil and Miss Prym. Their subject is a week in the life of someone ordinary to whom something extraordinary happens. The story focuses on Pilar, an independent young woman, who is frustrat
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Riana
Feb 25, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
this book was a joke.

horrible, pretentious, verbose, and yet basically content-free language - which in itself might be seen as quite an achievement if you're trying to do really bad writing.

and the content....?! uummmmm, empty, trite banalities and cliches. - i really dont understand how anyone who has even spent a *minute* reflecting on any philosophical question would get any sort of insight out of such a book!

as i remember it, the outline of the plot even sounded pretty promising.... sth
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treehugger
Aug 13, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spiritual, read_2009
This book wasn't even close to as good as The Alchemist, and it seems as though it was translated really poorly too. If I could read Portugese I would try it, but since I'm limited to English or Spanish, I think I'm done with trying to make this book better than my original reaction deemed it.

It wasn't a very cohesive story, the whole "feminine face of God" thing was cool, but fairly random and not well elaborated, the "love story" was sappy and pathetic.

It is a super short book, especially whe
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Preeti
Mar 10, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
If you're expecting another The Alchemist, just stop right there, turn around, and never look back. Seriously. Trust me and do yourself a favor.

After the success of The Alchemist, I feel like Coelho just threw a bunch of ideas together and called it a new story. Sure, it has the themes of faith, love, and following your dreams, but in my opinion, the story just wasn't concrete enough to really... I don't know, actually teach you anything - if that's what Coelho sought to do. The events just felt
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⊱ Poppy ⊰
I opened this book with NO expectation's. Many people take Paulo Coelho's books with this expectations that it will be as good as The Alchemist is. But no book will ever be good as Alchemist is. So, for me this book was quite unexpected but in a good way. I have read many books of Paulo but this book was quite exception of Paulo's writing. It was desperate, Spiritual and so knowledgeable. I quite learned about Christianity, Spirituality. Love and Decisions.

“If pain must come, may it come quic
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Aj the Ravenous Reader
A very, intense, emotional read. A deviation from Cuelho's usual themes in his books.
Nikita T. Mitchell
“By the River Piedra I sat down and wept. There is a legend that everything falls into the waters of this river – leaves, insects, the feathers of bird – is transformed into the rocks that make the riverbed. If only I could tear out my heart and hurl it into the current, then my pain and longing would be over, and I could finally forget.”

And so the novel starts out. The most beautiful opening paragraph I’ve ever read in my life. And unless you are heartless or have never been in love, I don’t k
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Amy
May 01, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept" tells of Pilar, a frustrated scholar looking for some greater meaning in the endless cycle of her days. When a childhood friend contacts her, she is surprised to learn that her former playmate is now a charismatic spiritual leader, someone revered as a miracle worker. She is even more astonished when he reveals that Pilar has always been his great love. Confused by this sudden opportunity for a new chance at life, Pilar gradually comes to realize that the ...more
Ancilla Irwan
Nov 20, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-english
This is another book of Coelho which couldn't give me satisfaction as what The Alchemist does. I learn a lot from The Alchemist.

However, it still a nice one.
It gives proof that Coelho has a deep knowledge and skills about diverse religions, although it is clear that that He has more about Christianity. However, it might be hard for those non-Christianity readers when they read this book (this is only a guess).

Above all, I do believe that GOD has feminine face. Why I can say that? Well, we are,
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Farah
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ok where do I start. Personally for me, whenever you mix religion with a special type of philosophy I get this sense as if someone is calling my name. This book called my name. The character Pilar reflects us all in a way. The man in the story (completely nameless) has loved ever since they were little. They go about roaming in the street for a vacation, but her religion takes a whole different turn.

He guides her through life in a span of a week. Thats pretty cool. They keep mentioning 'Her'. As
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Arunima
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“I will not talk to my own darkness anymore, I promised myself, closing the door on the Other. A fall from the third floor hurts as much as a fall from the hundredth.

If I have to fall, may it be from a high place.”



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This book had me so confused. By The River Piedra I Sat Down And Wept Is again a very, very spiritual book. The reason is used the word 'again' was that I haven't really read a lot of Paulo Coelho's works but whatever I have read, it's mostly all spiritual. And since I don't
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Salymar
Sep 28, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks, 2012-read
B E A U T I F U L is the appropriate word to describe this novel. ;)
A Novel of Forgiveness and Self-Discovery -- what else could you possibly wish for? :p

The story could more easily be described as a story of love, as it strives to show that “true love is an act of total surrender”. At a deeper level, Paulo Coelho also gives the message that there are no rules when it comes to love. :D

The novel also shows how "TRUE-TO-LIFE-SITUATION" of love is ridiculously connected to fairy tales (as quoted fr
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Kamae Acejo
Apr 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: life-and-love
Pilar is like all the other woman from the barrio who is smart and has her life all planned. But as she visits a childhood friend that she secretly loves. She embarks in a journey that will give her a chance to rebuild her life and have the gift to love ones again.
As she meets her childhood friend, she eventually not only learns that this guy had planned to enter the seminary but also that he is a visionary of the Virgin Mary and he is able perform miracles by curing. She then leaves the normal
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Sura  ✿
2.5 stars *

The novel is about the struggle between who we are and who we want to be , surrendering and making concessions to ourselves and the people we love .

I'm a Muslim and we believe that God has no son wife or feminine face, though i enjoy roaming in the thoughts of other people religions, thus this novel has much much details :D
any way i liked the second idea of the novel of crossing the boundaries that we put to ourselves and let the "other" voice inside as control our lives and decisi
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Aya Ibrahim
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We all need like this journey to find love and faith, and to reach the spiritual side of ourlives.
Jennifer Lane
This was a very interesting take on a romance novel. It was probably more of a spiritual and philosophical guide, but romance did figure prominently.

From the back of the book: Rarely does adolescent love reach its full potential, but what happens when two young lovers reunite after eleven years? Time has transformed Pilar into a strong and independent woman, while her deovted childhood friend has grown into a handsome and charismatic spiritual leader... Now, they are together once again, embarki
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Farhana
Jan 16, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
It was an essential reading , asserting to recognise life's opportunities as they come & accept them by not judging them in the light of the past. Because ultimately everything results in either 0 or 1, and even after judging too much to get a 1, things may always change later.
I disagree with one point in it, God throws the dice! As Einstein put it , " God does not play dice. "
Anitha Banerjee
Good read.
Elena
Oct 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tragically beautiful.
Pooja Banga
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: november-reads
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Heather Maria
May 18, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very amazing book I know I will keep coming back to read again and again.
Some quotes:
"All love stories are the same."
"Yes we are going to suffer, we will have difficult times, and we will experience many disappointments - but all this is transitory; it leaves no permanent mark. One day we will look back with pride and faith at the journey we have taken."
"I could have. - What does this phrase mean? At any given moment in our lives, there are certain things that could have happened but didn't.
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Imene Tl
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Another Coelho book that I didn't enjoy... I keep thinking that I will stumble upon another great work of his that is close to The Alchemist but I end up making poor choices of which of his novels to read next.
The book lost me at the repititive, boring 'immaculate conception' thing and the protagonist's success at restoring her faith thanks to the sudden appearance of her childhood crush who apparently has a gift of curing the sick... huh??
I'll just keep my hopes up for the next Coelho book.
Maryaninya
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paulo-coelho
The story seems to be catchy. It was "I love you with all my heart but we cant be together" kind of love story. It seems dramatic. But the story focused about religion and some kind of miracles, so I cringed every time I turn the pages. Well it seems like most of the people who have finished this book enjoyed it so I thought I would too. But honestly I didnt.
Mεδ Rεδħα
Dec 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophie, poetry
A love story contains all the secrets of the world. Pilar and his companion got to know each other in childhood, far away during their teenage years, and now they find themselves eleven years later. She, a woman to whom life has learned to be strong and not to be overwhelmed by her feelings. He, a man who has the gift of healing others and seeks in religion a solution to his inner conflicts. Both are united by the desire to change and pursue their dreams. To achieve this, they will have to overc ...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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On the Seventh Day (3 books)
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