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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (Jan. 22 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061578959
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061578953
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #92,045 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Paulo Coelho: 'An exceptional writer.' USA Today 'His books have had a life-enhancing impact on millions of people.' Times 'One of the few to deserve the term "Publishing Phenomenon".' Independent on Sunday 'Coelho's writing is beautifully poetic but his message is what counts!he gives me hope and puts a smile on my face.' Daily Express '"The Alchemist" is a beautiful book about magic, dreams and the treasures we seek elsewhere and then find on our doorstep.' Madonna 'It's like music, really, the way he writes, it's so beautiful. It's a gift that I envy above all others.' Julia Roberts 'A touching tale...Coelho is a beautiful storyteller, and he turns Brida's tale of self-discovery into a beautiful story.' London Lite --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Paulo Coelho, born in Rio de Janeiro in 1947, is one of the bestselling and most influential authors in the world.The Alchemist,The Pilgrimage,The Valkyries,Brida,Veronika Decides to Die,Eleven Minutes,The Zahir,The Witch of Portobello,The Winner Stands Alone,Aleph,Manuscript Found in Accra, andAdultery, among others, have sold 150 million copies worldwide.


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Brida is a young Irish woman who begins a journey down two very distinct spiritual paths: The mystical tradition of the Sun, and the magical tradition of the Moon. Thoes with a mystical bent will gravitate toward the mystical traditions of the East. Thoes with a magical bent will gravitate toward the magical traditions of the West. Neither is greater or lesser for they both represent two sides of the same coin and Brida, lucky girl, finds a teacher in both! The story is brimming with spiritual nuggets throughout, however, the ending fell flat for me. After savouring it like a rich, sweet, piece of birthday cake I was left with a bitter after-taste. But don't let this stop you from reading it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Flavio S. Gonzaga on March 5 2009
Format: Hardcover
Amazing book. Paulo Coelho can write amazing stories with a simple grammar and vocabulary. I recommend for everyone.
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I gave up on this book because it got too ridiculously unbelievable. For as much as I've loved Coelho's books in the past, this one just didn't cut it for me.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Princess Smartie Pants on Jan. 14 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the most beautifull books I've ever read about love. But is not one of those romantic pink novels about brainless women and prince charming, but from an almost philosophycal point of view. Coelho amazes again with his concepts about life and love. It is a beautiful metaphor that helps to understand better human relations and give a different perspective.
Strongly recommended
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Loved It, For Seekers and Teachers of Any Mystic Tradition May 5 2012
By L. Erickson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I haven't read a lot of Coelho, only The Alchemist, which I liked but didn't love as much as many people, and his most recent book Aleph, which I liked a lot and is the reason I decided to try some of his other works. I'm glad I did because I loved Brida. However, looking through the reviews I find that I didn't see it in quite the same way many readers did - as a love story or story about the wicca path. Instead I read it as a story about the universal truths of both seeking and teaching the mysteries in any tradition. I felt it was really about the choices we face on any mystic path, particularly the choice to give up an uncomplicated view of existence in pursuit of truth, which we then find will always be incomplete. I also felt it had many insights about being a teacher within such paths - the sacred trust that this is, and the personal sacrifices that must be made to consider what is right for a student - what will lead them closer to their own path in a particular moment - at all times.

On the surface it's the story of a young woman, Brida, who pursues the study of magic on a wicca-like path, the Tradition of the Moon, but also has another teacher, a Magus, who teaches the Tradition of the Sun. She also is seeking love, and her soul mates, and there is a lot of discussion of what love really is, and how it changes once one is on a path such as this. Coelho really is a magnificent writer. The book builds into a crescendo of insights on the part of each of the characters, just as the final ritual in the book builds. I saw that at least one reviewer complained that this ritual is not authentic, but that didn't bother me - this is a novel, Coelho always merges many paths in his work (and that is part of the point no doubt) and the ritual here is masterful as a aesthetic choice. So overall, I really loved this little book!
23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
A nice introduction to a great writer July 15 2008
By Jackie Blem - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
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 her powers and her heart. I was especially intrigued with the Catholic Christianity woven within the more traditional magical teachings and philosophies. This is, apparently, one of Coelho's earlier works that has finally been translatted from the original Portuguese. I found it a good way to whet my appetite for his other works before I come to a decision of what it is I think of him as a writer.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Very disappointed! Oct. 9 2010
By Karina - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Let's just say this book is not what I expected it would be after reading the Alchemist,which was great!Like other people said it before me it is boring and towards the end it gets so confusing ,it seems as if even the author himself forgot where he was going with the storyline.I honestly tried to focus on what I was reading but it's hard when it seems like the same words just keep repeating and the author can't get to the 'message 'of the story.I was very disappointed!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Totally disappointed on Paulo Coelho Sept. 3 2010
By S. Solano - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I want to be respectful with other reviewers and to admit that, beyond my thoughts, somebody else might find this book interesting. However, I want to say that I agree with every single comment of the 1 star reviewers. It's hard to believe Paulo Coelho wrote this. I've read some of his books before and this one doesn't compare at all. This book -as the rest of his collection- contains some few nice quotes, but the story connecting the overall ideas is very weak. Put it this way... Coelho's attempt to connect magic with spirituality was as good as it would be my attempt to relate pigs with tooth paste...

Interestingly, I gave this book as a present to somebody else and we did read it simultaneously. My friend also found this story very poor developed. It honestly looks like if he had been forced to write something in the last minute.

I won't tell you not to read it... but from the bottom of my heart, I hope you get if for free because actually I think we should be paid to read something like this... (It's painful and I regret the valuable hours of my life I spent reading it...).

Good luck!
25 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Was this written by the same author who wrote the Alchemist? Hard to believe Aug. 17 2008
By Valerie White - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the worst books I have ever read. I have always enjoyed this author's works, but this was awful. He should stick to writing what he knows, obviously it is not the concepts of Wicca. It is a very misleading book for people who might think they are actually being taught something about Wicca and modern witchcraft. it is strictly fiction and nonsense. Dancing naked around a fire and a woman named Wicca quoting Jesus all the time- puleese!! It's ridiculous, and not only that, but it is badly written and boring. If you want to learn about soulmates and Irish Druids there are many good books that teach the reality of such things. You don't need to dance naked to be a "wise one" which is what wicca means. And you certainly would never want a teacher quoting a bunch of christianity at you if you wanted to learn about the old religion. St Patrick and the church were killing Druids and pagans (the country people who had their own religion) not snakes. This book was just plain silly. I kept reading hoping it would get better, but it got worse.

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