I am so excited to be featuring the author of my favorite book in our blog. Paulo Coelho not only writes, his words touch lives and changes them.
I have always loved reading, ever since I was a little girl. Somehow around the age of fifteen, I stopped. When my father noticed, he asked how come he hadn’t seen me holding a book in a while. I replied with a simple shrug and a “I don’t like reading anymore.” My dad, ever the smart man that he was, simply nodded and walked away.
When I came home from school the next day, my father was sitting down in the living room waiting for me, with a book in front of him on the table. He asked me to sit down and said, “I know you said you don’t like reading anymore but do me a favor, read just one more book for me, and if after reading this book, you still don’t want to read anymore, then this is the last time we will have this conversation.” It seemed like a fair enough request, so I nodded. I reached for what I thought was the last book I’d read in my life… The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.
I figured I’d get this done sooner rather than later and proceeded to my room to read this book. Once I opened it, I was sucked in, I didn’t stop reading until it was over… And I haven’t stopped reading ever since. I thank my father for giving me not only the passion for reading, but for introducing me to my favorite book. Needless to say
Now you understand why Paulo Coelho is my favorite, and now you know why you have to read ANYTHING he’s ever written. And what better book to start with than Adultery.
In the latest novel from #1 best-selling author Paulo Coelho, a woman attempts to overcome midlife ennui by rediscovering herself in a passionate relationship with a man who had been a friend in her youth.
A woman in her thirties begins to question the routine and predictability of her days. In everybody’s eyes, she has a perfect life: happy marriage, children, and a career. Yet what she feels is an enormous apathy. All that changes when she encounters a successful politician who had, years earlier, been her high school boyfriend. As she rediscovers the passion missing from her life, she will face a life-altering choice.
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About the Author
The Brazilian author PAULO COELHO was born in 1947 in the city of Rio de Janeiro. Before dedicating his life completely to literature, he worked as theatre director and actor, lyricist and journalist. In 1986, PAULO COELHO did the pilgrimage to Saint James of Compostella, an experience later to be documented in his book The Pilgrimage. In the following year, COELHO published The Alchemist. Slow initial sales convinced his first publisher to drop the novel, but it went on to become one of the best selling Brazilian books of all time. Other titles include Brida (1990), The Valkyries (1992), By the river Piedra I sat Down and Wept (1994), the collection of his best columns published in the Brazilian newspaper Folha de São Paulo entitle Maktub (1994), the compilation of texts Phrases (1995), The Fifth Mountain (1996), Manual of a Warrior of Light (1997), Veronika decides to die (1998), The Devil and Miss Prym (2000), the compilation of traditional tales in Stories for parents, children and grandchildren (2001), Eleven Minutes (2003), The Zahir (2005), The Witch of Portobello (2006) and Winner Stands Alone (to be released in 2009). During the months of March, April, May and June 2006, Paulo Coelho traveled to celebrate the 20th anniversary of his pilgrimage to Saint James of Compostella in 1986. He also held surprise book signings – announced one day in advance – in some cities along the way, to have a chance to meet his readers. In ninety days of pilgrimage the author traveled around the globe and took the famous Transiberrian train that took him to Vladivostok. During this experience Paulo Coelho launched his blog Walking the Path – The Pilgrimage in order to share with his readers his impressions. Since this first blog Paulo Coelho has expanded his presence in the internet with his daily blogs in WordPress, Myspace & Facebook. He is equally present in media sharing sites such as Youtube and Flickr, offering on a regular basis not only texts but also videos and pictures to his readers. From this intensive interest and use of the Internet sprang his bold new project: The Experimental Witch where he invites his readers to adapt to the screen his book The Witch of Portobello. Indeed Paulo Coelho is a firm believer of Internet as a new media and is the first Best-selling author to actively support online free distribution of his work.