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This is without doubt one of the most memorable books I’ve read ever and I don’t know anyone who hasn’t enjoyed it as much as I did. You’ll find it easy reading and you won’t put it down until you’ve finished it.
A chance meeting in Rio takes Maria to Geneva, where she dreams of finding fame and fortune, yet ends up working the streets as a prostitute. In Geneva, Maria drifts further and further away from love while at the same time developing a fascination with sex.
Eventually, Maria's despairing view of love is put to the test when she meets a handsome young painter. In this odyssey of self-discovery, Maria has to choose between pursuing a path of darkness, sexual pleasure for its own sake, or risking everything to find her own 'inner light' and the possibility of sacred sex, sex in the context of love.
'Has a strange and potent chemistry of its own.' The Observer
'Coelho has a deceptively simple but elegant writing style which sits well with this strange but gripping tale.' Glasgow Evening Times
'Refreshing and insightful...an uplifting read.' What's On In London
'A simply-told fable for our times, highlighting the quest for personal spiritual enlightenment.' Belfast Telegraph
Publication date: 07/06/2004
Publisher: Harpercollins Publishers
|Publication date:||7th June 2004|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Fiction in translation,|
Paulo Coelho’s life remains the primary source of inspiration for his books. He has flirted with death, escaped madness, dallied with drugs, withstood torture, experimented with magic and alchemy, studied philosophy and religion, read voraciously, lost and recovered his faith and experienced the pain and pleasure of love. In searching for his own place in the world, he has discovered answers for the challenges that everyone faces. He believes that, within ourselves, we have the necessary strength to find our own destiny.His novel The Alchemist has sold more than 65 million copies and has been cited as an ...More About Paulo Coelho