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Eleven Minutes

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A new, international bestseller by the author of The Alchemist tells the story of Maria, a young girl from a Brazilian village, whose first innocent brushes with love leave her heartbroken. At a tender age, she becomes convinced that she will never find true love, instead believing that "Love is a terrible thing that will make you suffer." A chance meeting in Rio takes her to Geneva, where she dreams of finding fame and fortune. Instead, she ends up working as a prostitute.

In Geneva, Maria drifts further and further away from love as she develops 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.

In this gripping and daring new novel, Paulo Coelho sensitively explores the sacred nature of sex and love and invites us to confront our own prejudices and demons and embrace our own "inner light."

Review:

"Down-to-earth dialogue and detail about classy whoring: one of Coelho's strongest." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"[A] compelling tale....A gripping exploration of the potentially sacred nature of sex within the context of love, this may well become Coelho's next international best-seller." Booklist

Review:

"Coelho's basically optimistic and life-affirming temperament and his sense of humor redeem the book from [its] Nordic angst. By the time the fairy tale ending arrives, we feel that Maria has earned her rewards." Washington Post Book World

Review:

"With a master's touch, Coelho pulls the reader, slowly but irresistibly, into ever-darker worlds of prostitution and sadomasochism....Coelho has set up a world so real that the reader really doesn't know...which way the tale will end." Dallas-Ft. Worth Star Telegram

Synopsis:

Eleven Minutes is the story of Maria, a young girl from a Brazilian village, whose first innocent brushes with love leave her heartbroken. At a tender age, she becomes convinced that she will never find true love, instead believing that "love is a terrible thing that will make you suffer. . . ." A chance meeting in Rio takes her to Geneva, where she dreams of finding fame and fortune. 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.

This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.

Synopsis:

This gripping and daring novel by the author of the bestselling "The Alchemist" sensitively explores the sacred nature of sex and love. "Sensual . . . for-adults-only fairytale."--"Washington Post."

About the Author

Paulo Coelho was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the city where he now lives. His own life has in many ways been as varied and unusual as the protagonists of his internationally acclaimed novels. Like them, Paulo Coelho has followed a dream in a quest for fulfillment. His own dream, to be a writer, met with frustration throughout much of his early adult life, a time in which he worked at various professions, some of them materially rewarding but spiritually unfulfilling. "I always knew," he says, "that my Personal Legend, to use a term from alchemy, was to write." He was 38 when he published his first book.

In 1970, after deciding that law school was not for him, he traveled through much of South America, North Africa, Mexico, and Europe. Returning to Brazil after two years, he began a successful career as popular songwriter. In 1974, he was imprisoned for a short time by the military dictatorship then ruling in Brazil. In 1980, he experienced one of the defining moments of his life: he walked the 500-plus mile Road of Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain. On this ancient highway, used for centuries by pilgrims from France to get to the cathedral said to house the remains of St. James, he achieved a self-awareness and a spiritual awakening that he later described in The Pilgrimage.

Paulo Coelho once said that following your dream is like learning a foreign language; you will make mistakes but you will get there in the end. In 1988, he published The Alchemist, a novel that explores this theme, and it launched him as an international bestselling author. Specifically, Paulo Coelho is recognized for his powerful storytelling technique and the profound spiritual insights he blends seamlessly into his parables. Since then, The Alchemist has sold more than 11 million copies worldwide and has been translated into some 41 languages. In addition to The Pilgrimage and The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho has written luminous novels about the different streams of our lives, including By The River Piedra I Sat Down & Wept, The Valkyries, The Fifth Mountain, and Veronika Decides to Die. A winner of numerous literary prizes, Paulo Coelho is also a prominent speaker for humanitarian causes. In 1999, he received a Crystal Award for Artistic Achievement at the Davos Economic Forum Conference.


Paulo Coelho nació en Brasil y es uno de los autores más leídos internacionalmente. El Alquimista, su libro más famoso, ha vendido mas de 35 millones de copias en todo el mundo y ha sido traducido a cincuenta y cuatro idiomas. Ha recibido destacados premios y menciones internacionales como el Planetary Arts Award, el Crystal Award concedido por el foro Económico Mundial y la prestigiosa distinción Chevalier de l'Ordre de la Legión d'Honneur del gobierno francés. Coelho escribe una columna semanal sindicada en el mundo entero. Actualmente, vive en Rio de Janeiro, Brasil.

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writermala, March 26, 2013 (view all comments by writermala)
I cannot believe I haven't read any of Paulo Coelho's works before! After reading "Eleven Minutes," I'm a true blue fan. My favorite line in the book is, "I want you however you want to be wanted." Coelho has explored a very delicate subject with finesse and dexterity and at the end of the book I was both satisfied and craving for more.
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jai41004, March 10, 2012 (view all comments by jai41004)
I really enjoyed this book. It's about a woman who gives up on love very early in life and seeks out fortune by traveling to Sweden to become a dancer. She eventually becomes a prostitute. Throughout the book she is exploring her feelings about love and sex in her journal. She ends up meeting someone and struggling to decide how to handle the feelings she has for him. Some of the passages from her journal are really insightful and others are just beautiful. My favorite quote from the book is: “Anyone who is in love is making love the whole time, even when they’re not. When two bodies meet, it is just the cup overflowing. They can stay together for hours, even days. They begin the dance one day and finish it the next, or--such is the pleasure they experience--they may never finish it. No eleven minutes for them.”
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Deborah Fochler, October 31, 2006 (view all comments by Deborah Fochler)
This is a novel about a prostitute but Paulo Coelho has written a sleazy but innocent character. You can not help but feel sympathy and empathy for the character.
She could almost be your sister or best friend. Just because of circumstances finds herself trying to survive and searching for love. A very character driven story but not one you will forget any time soon.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060589288
Author:
Coelho, Paulo
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Translator:
Costa, Margaret Jull
Author:
by Paulo Coelho
Subject:
General
Subject:
Brazil
Subject:
Prostitutes
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Prostitutes - Brazil
Subject:
Brazilians - Switzerland - Geneva
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Series:
P.S.
Publication Date:
20050331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.04x5.32x.77 in. .52 lbs.

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Product details 320 pages Perennial - English 9780060589288 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Down-to-earth dialogue and detail about classy whoring: one of Coelho's strongest."
"Review" by , "[A] compelling tale....A gripping exploration of the potentially sacred nature of sex within the context of love, this may well become Coelho's next international best-seller."
"Review" by , "Coelho's basically optimistic and life-affirming temperament and his sense of humor redeem the book from [its] Nordic angst. By the time the fairy tale ending arrives, we feel that Maria has earned her rewards."
"Review" by , "With a master's touch, Coelho pulls the reader, slowly but irresistibly, into ever-darker worlds of prostitution and sadomasochism....Coelho has set up a world so real that the reader really doesn't know...which way the tale will end."
"Synopsis" by , Eleven Minutes is the story of Maria, a young girl from a Brazilian village, whose first innocent brushes with love leave her heartbroken. At a tender age, she becomes convinced that she will never find true love, instead believing that "love is a terrible thing that will make you suffer. . . ." A chance meeting in Rio takes her to Geneva, where she dreams of finding fame and fortune. 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.

This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.

"Synopsis" by , This gripping and daring novel by the author of the bestselling "The Alchemist" sensitively explores the sacred nature of sex and love. "Sensual . . . for-adults-only fairytale."--"Washington Post."

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