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The Pilgrimage (Plus) [Kindle Edition]

Paulo Coelho
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)

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“An exciting tale.” (Library Journal)

“A universal quest toward an expanded view of life.” (Dan Millman, author of THE WAY OF THE PEACEFUL WARRIOR)

“The keys to self-mastery...wrapped in suspense and adventure.” (Body Mind Spirit)

“Among Latin American writers only Columbia’s Gabriel Garcia Marquez is more widely read than Brazil’s Paulo Coelho.” (The Economist)

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Here Paulo Coelho details his journey across Spain along the legendaryroad of San Tiago, which pilgrims have travelled since Middle Ages. On this contemporary quest, he encounters a Chaucerian variety of mysterious guides and devilish opponents and learns to understand the nature of truth through the simplicity of life. The Pilgrimage holds an important place in Paulo Coelho's literary canon. His first book, it not only paved the way for his phenomenal novel The Alchemist , but it also fully expresses his humanist philosophy and the depth of his unique search for meaning.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 528 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 006251279X
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (Oct. 13 2009)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers CA
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #22,799 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pilgrimage as a model for life Sept. 10 2001
This is a reprint of one of Coelho's first books published previously as "The Diary of a Magus". As with his other first person books, he weaves between the mundane world of sore feet and the transcendent. In the process he learns more about himself and grows as a person. He provides many meditational exercises that are simple and quite beneficial. Many are variations of ancient meditations found in Christian, Zen and other religious traditions.
Pilgrimage as a spiritual exercise is found in many major religious traditions. It provides a concentrated spiritual experience in which a person is separated from the mundane world of bills, job and family. During that separation the pilgrim undergoes an experience of transformation--a symbolic death and resurrection. At the end of the pilgrimage the pilgrim is returned to the world of the mundane as a "new person", with a deeper understanding of himself/herself and the world in which he/she lives. This classic process of transformation is apparent in Coelho's book. Indeed, an underlying theme of the book is that all of life can be understood as a pilgrimage--a sacred journey of transformation.
I thought the book was excellent. It was a pleasure to follow Coelho on his pilgrimage and to be reminded of the same lessons that were shared with him by his guide on the journey. But then I've read everything of his that I can get ahold of in English translation and like it all.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A possible road to spirituality July 30 2003
You have to be at least a little bit mystical in order to fully enjoy this book, which is full of mysteries and unexplainable events.

This is the detailed experience of the writer in Spain, along the road to San Tiago, which pilgrims have traveled since the Middle Ages. But this story is a contemporary quest, and it has an interesting and exciting mix of ancient and modern, that in the end leads to learning and understanding the truth.

It is the road that Paolo has to take in order to defend his sword and that will turn him into a Warrior of Light. He is accompanied by his spiritual guide, Petrus, with whom he will walk about 800 km over three months, during which time he will confront himself with his own fears, thoughts, doubts, and weaknesses. It is a pilgrimage that will explain to our main character (and implicitly to us) that our efforts in life are salutary and indispensable. But without results they amount to nothing.
Also, the story shows that love makes us stronger and it is this strength that allows us to make the right decision at the right time.

The search of truth is assimilated to a personal search for meaning, for the things that we need in life such as truth, love, joy of life, and spirituality.

I think it will be a very pleasant lecture for everyone who enjoys this kind of story, and it will make you think a lot about your life and the meaningful things in your personal universe.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars his name is legion for he is many April 26 2001
By Hannah
i have read many of coelhos works and until 4 weeks ago this was the only one i had not read.the story although lacking in the spirituality that books such as the alchemist i believe that it supplied the reader with a knowledege of coelho and makes us able to understand fully the purpose of his books. the story is simple. a man on a journey to find somthing that means a lot to him.this simplicity is backed up by beautifuly descriptive language and wonderfull imagery which took me into his journey in full. the emotions coelho creates in this book are wonderful too from fear and excitement at paulos fight with the dog to the sadness of paulos dissapointment that when he parts from petrus he has not yet succeded the book is helpful in showing the importance of the smaller things in life and how we should not forget our childhoods and the passions and spirituality they posess. i found the details of his RAM practices wonderful .overall an essential book for any coelho fan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An alchemical journey! Jan. 9 1998
By A Customer
The setting is the famous ''Camino de Santiago'' across Northern Spain -- a journey which has inspired legions of pilgrims over a period of many centuries. The fantastic setting is only the beginning, however, as many a life-changing event have happened to those brave enough to make this lengthy pilgrimage and complete it. Paulo Coelho leaves the reader almost breathless at times with details of his own experiences along this historic path, from tentative beginning through to the surprising finish. Even for those hailing from other spiritual paths (i.e. non judeo-christian) this book will provide a thrill as the message of ''Fighting the Good Fight'' in search of what's important in life is one that speaks to all of us. Magnificently written!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Oct. 15 1999
"The Pilgrimage" is disappointing fiction of tall tales, self-help tips, non-sequiturs, and mumbo-jumbo, a "Twinkie" for spiritual seekers. Coelho makes uses the camino de Santiago as a backdrop for "Dungeons and Dragons" episodes that have only a spurious relation to this wonderful pilgrim road. The "Tradition," mysterious links to orders of knights, encounters with devils and a devilish dog, excercises giving mysterious powers, and other fancies mark the narrator's journey on to find his magic sword. Coelho's quirks are legion and distracting. For example, the the road to Santiago becomes the "Strange Road to Santiago," and Santiago becomes San Tiago. "The Pilgrimage" merits the criticisms that I heard along the camino last year from Brazilians and French pilgrims. There's plenty of wonder and mystery in walking the road, as there is in everyday life, without having to resort to the literary posturing that characterizes this book. Read it and see if you can figure out why it sells so well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just Excellent!!
Published 2 months ago by F. Canada
5.0 out of 5 stars If you've read the alchemist, you should read this ...
If you've read the alchemist, you should read this! Paulo Coelho has a special way with words.. very inspiring!
Published 4 months ago by Joanne
4.0 out of 5 stars Camino walkers
nicely written , wonderful pace and insight.If you are serious about walking any Camino , you should read this book
Published 9 months ago by Don NS
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great novel by Coelho!
All his books are so beautifully written. This book and 'Veronika Decides to Die' are my favourite by him. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Jessica Boissonneault
1.0 out of 5 stars COELHO...Gimme a break! away from anything written by Paolo! His new era clap trap is simply convoluted nonsense. Read more
Published on March 25 2012 by Brian Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars First time buyer
I just wanted to say how happy I was with the service I received from Amazon.
Fast delivery and the book was in perfect condition,considering it was used! Read more
Published on Jan. 20 2011 by tcb4Elvis
5.0 out of 5 stars Just the usual
Nothing more or less, than other Coelho books offer - that means I love it (probably going to get hold of some more to give as present to friends, who cant find their 'inner' way)
Published on Oct. 14 2010 by LT
4.0 out of 5 stars Yup, this will make you want
Yes, sometimes. No, other times.So here I am 3 Years later, finding myself still wanting to "go back",and read it again. Read more
Published on Oct. 10 2010 by Mrs. Nancy M. Leblanc
3.0 out of 5 stars A Private Journey to Explore Self
Although "The Pilgrimage" is not Paulo Coelho's most exalted work, it is still a wonderful plunge into the mystical journey. Read more
Published on April 4 2007 by Dr. Mario E. Martinez
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear
Silly, very silly. The Pilgrimage is a ridiculous confection of half thought out semi spiritual nonsense. Read more
Published on Aug. 28 2003 by Claudine
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