For several years now, there is a huge fuss about Paulo Coelho. It all started with “The Alchemist”.
The Alchemist has gone on to sell more than 65 million copies, becoming one of the best-selling books in history, and has been translated into more than 70 languages, the 71st being Maltese, winning the Guinness World Record for most translated book by a living author. Fun fact is that the initial print run was of 900 copies and the publishing house decided not to reprint.(Source: Wikipedia)
Is it possible that you didn’t read it yet? Well if you didn’t, I’m gonna tell you briefly about it.
“The Alchemist” is an enlightening story about a shepherd’s quest to “find his treasure”. It’s about following your dream and surmounting obstacles. I have to say that the book is quite surprising and inspiring.
After The Alchemist
Since the publication of The Alchemist, Coelho has generally written one novel every two years including By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept, The Fifth Mountain, Veronika Decides to Die, The Devil and Miss Prym, Eleven Minutes, Like the Flowing River, The Valkyries, The Witch of Portobello, Brida, The Winner Stands Alone. The two I liked the most were “Eleven Minutes” and “Veronika Decides to Die” which was adapted to a movie starring Sarah Michelle Gellar.
Me and Paulo Coelho
You see the list of books above? Well, I read them all except for the latest “The Winner Stands Alone”. It has been waiting on my shelf for about two years now. Why?
Well Paulo Coelho writing style is captivating, almost every sentence can be used as a life inspiring quote. But reading one book after the other, I started re-reading the same ideas, almost the same storyline. “The Witch of Portobello” was a deception and “Brida” was a torture to finish. The two books were so much alike. Paulo Coelho was not bringing anything new and I was not at all encouraged to read the latest book.
You and Paulo Coelho
I really want you to share with me your experience of Paulo Coelho reading. And if you didn’t read any of Coelho’s books yet I urge you to at least check “The Alchemist” and “Eleven Minutes”.
PS. If you are interested, you can follow @paulocoelho on twitter and check http://www.paulocoelhoblog.com . It is regularly updated seems by the author himself.