writermala, October 1, 2013 (view all comments by writermala)
This is a book which supposedly talks about July 14, 1099 when Jerusalem awaits the invasion of the crusaders. However, it is a book of infinite wisdom - a book about life itself and all its glory. I know a book is good when I start taking notes. I know it is great when i stop taking notes because continuing would mean I copy the entire book! No topic is left untouched. Trying to find one quote from the book is almost impossible but my personal favorite is, "Never try to please everyone, if you do, you will be respected by no one."
Joy Jorgensen, September 20, 2013 (view all comments by Joy Jorgensen)
I borrowed this book from the library and fell in love. This is a book that I need to add to my permanent collection. A book that cries out for underlining and dogeared pages. A book to return to time and time again. My granddaughter climbed onto my lap and asked me what I was reading so I began reading aloud. When I stopped she asked, "Grandma, is this poetry?" The book is simply lovely.
Knopf Publishing Group -
"Coelho's quietly beautiful book is difficult to categorize. Unlike many of his novels, it is not an allegory, nor does it revolve around a mystical or physical pilgrimage. Instead, it consists of a series of queries posed by a population under siege and the powerfully simple, yet evocative, answers provided by an essentially unidentified wise man. As Jerusalem is surrounded by belligerent Crusaders in AD 1099, its diverse citizens — Jews, Muslims, and Christians, who have lived together in peace for centuries — gather in the square to seek the counsel of the Greek, known familiarly as the Copt. The Copt advises them to speak of their daily lives and search their hearts, minds, and souls for questions pertaining to universal truths. As the Copt thoughtfully answers questions posed about a variety of everyday subjects, including solitude, love, utility, luck, miracles, beauty, sex, anxiety, grace, and elegance, he bequeaths to his audience an 'invisible sword' with which to fight intolerance and ignorance. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: The sublime Coelho continues to break stylistic boundaries with this series of spiritual musings grounded more in history and morality than in his trademark brand of mysticism."
by Independent on Sunday,
"One of the few to deserve the term 'publishing phenomenon.'"
by The Times,
"His books have had a life-enhancing impact on millions of people."
by Daily Express,
"Coelho's writing is beautifully poetic but his message is what counts...he gives me hope and puts a smile on my face."
The latest novel from #1 internationally best-selling author Paulo Coelho is a classic of inspiration and reflection, a meditation on life, love, and the significance of change.
A novel of philosophical reflection set in Jerusalem during the time of the Crusades. Here a community of Christians, Arabs, and Jews who have long lived together harmoniously have been warned of an imminent attack and certain destruction. Contemplating their demise, the community assembles to seek the wise counsel of a Greek Copt, who imparts comforting and guiding wisdom on the enduring attributes of human character. The novel unfolds as a sequence of parables on love, faith, sex, friendship, beauty, bravery, loyalty, and success.
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