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Brida: A Novel [Paperback]

Paulo Coelho
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Feb. 2 2009 P.S.

Brida, a young Irish girl, has long been interested in various aspects of magic but is searching for something more. Her search leads her to people of great wisdom. She meets a wise man who dwells in a forest, who teaches her to trust in the goodness of the world, and a woman who teaches her how to dance to the music of the world. As Brida seeks her destiny, she struggles to find a balance between her relationships and her desire to become a witch.

This enthralling novel incorporates themes that fans of Paulo Coelho will recognize and treasure. It is a tale of love, passion, mystery, and spirituality from the master storyteller.


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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, and The Winner Stands Alone, among others, have sold 115 million copies in more than 160 countries.


Paulo Coelho nació en Brasil en 1947 y es uno de los autores con más influencia de hoy día. Conocido mundialmente por el bestseller internacional El Alquimista, Coelho ha vendido más de 100 millones de libros en todo el mundo, los cuales han sido traducidos a 68 idiomas y publicados en 150 países. Paulo Coelho escribe una columna semanal que se publica en los periódicos más importantes del mundo.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 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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5.0 out of 5 stars It's all about ageless love 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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Consciousness Expanding Story Sept. 4 2011
Format:Paperback
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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4.0 out of 5 stars 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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 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!
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars 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!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life changing for those looking for magick... July 13 2010
By Jamie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
My personal journey to this book was one of seeming coincidence but has since been revealed as divine intervention. This book is amazingly simple but incredibly complicated at the same time. The messages contained in this book include love, passion, romance, intrigue, and, above all, finding your true path to the magic in this world. I am a big fan of Paulo Coelho because he describes things in an engaging and entertaining way. I would also recommend The Alchemist. Be ready to read the book from cover to cover in a sitting or two. I had trouble putting this gem down. It is a story that you will want to read over and over again.

Also, please do not be put off by the capitalization of certain words... yes there are a lot of them in this book but it because of the significance of these words in the Traditions that make them worthy of capitalization. It would be the same of any book that had religious innuendos. The story is amazing and deserves to be read with an open mind.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars solid Coelho book May 29 2009
By atlantagirl - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I have read all of Paulo Coelho's books and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this one. Not a masterpiece, but it is solidly written (great flow), enchanting (following Brida's path to self-fulfillment) and enlightening (don't we all need to find our 'path' again every once in a while?). Not as metaphysical as some of his other books. Overall a good, fast read, that succeeds in the reader's evaluation of his/her own life choices after the last page is read.
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