I want to change. I need to change. I'm gradually losing touch with myself. Adultery, the provocative new novel by Paulo Coelho, best-selling author of The Alchemist and Eleven Minutes, explores the question of what it means to live life fully and happily, finding the balance between life's routine and the desire for something new. ...
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Skidded by with a 2 rating. I'm convinced his magic is gone.
Well, I think that I liked and hated this book!
It's not awesome. It's not GREAT. It's just good ... and bad!!
There are so many things that I didn't like, and there are things that I really liked.
What I liked is the idea of redemption. Everyone of us deserve a second chance. We're neither Angels nor demons. We're humans, and being a human means being a sinner.
What I didn't like (pretty much hated actually!!!):
1. Spending so many pages talking about other books and providing us with their plot su ...more
(Learn to love better.
This should be out goal in the world: learn to love.
Life offers us thousands of opportunities for learning.
Every man and every woman, in every day of our lives, always has a good opportunity to surrender to love. Life is not a long vacation, but a constant learning process.)
a novel of a lucky woman, she has everything, wealthy man, kids, and respected work, but instead of being happy she feels disappointed and sad.
she realized that she is not happy after she meet ...more
The story of an existential crisis peppered with porn and religious preaching and ending with a trite conclusion. Not what I expected from Coelho.
In the world, there is this invisible thread that connects us to one another. Unfortunately for the human race, most people aren't aware of it's existence or ever get to feel it's pull on their beings. This in turn, throws us into a constant state of despair because our souls feel there is something missing but misconstrue what that thing is.
In essence, that is what Adultery, by Paulo Coelho is about. A woman of great material fortune begins to feel the emptiness in her life as she is going thro ...more
1 star - I really hated it.
Once upon a time, a ludicrous married woman with children feels she is bored by being so happy and her life being so perfect (she actually says this). So, to cure herself of this dreadful happiness she begins to randomly have slutty interactions (the author's words, not mine) with other men. Then one New Year's Eve, this vapid, nonsensical character has a sudden epiphany and moment of transcendence in which she discovers the meaning of life and the answer to all of the ...more
To say this is a book about a woman committing adultery is to miss the whole point of the story I feel. Linda lives in Switzerland with her husband and two children - none of whom are ever named. She has a good life, and an interesting job as a journalist and as a family they are financially secure with domestic staff to look after the children and do the housework. Who could want anything more from life?
But Linda is restless and bored. It would be all too easy to dismiss Linda as shallow but sh ...more
I'm glad to read a new genre by Paulo Coelho which falls more into literary fiction. As with most of the writers who get famous for a particular genre, readers who are familiar with his earlier works are quick to dismiss and criticize a book where they were expecting a different outcome.
In this story, Coelho shows the monster, that which resides in each of us, coming up with revenge. Through the life of the main character, feelings of dissatisfaction and inadequacy come to surface - if her life ...more